Intellectual property

This team has an excellent reputation for advising clients on a wide variety of IP matters.

Penningtons Manches' leading IP team specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law. Our in-depth knowledge and experience enable us to give clear, practical guidance in complex and rapidly evolving areas.

We advise across the full breadth of IP rights including patents, designs, trade marks, copyright and rights in confidential information. The team combines specialists with contentious and non-contentious experience to provide support that is relevant, pro-active and commercially astute. Many of our lawyers are City trained and have technical backgrounds.

We have an extensive transactional IP practice and advise on all types of agreements which focus on IP or have a strong IP element including patent, know how, trade mark and copyright licences (both in- and out- licensing), collaboration agreements (including framework collaboration agreements) and research and development agreements.  In addition, we handle large-scale acquisitions and disposals of IP assets.  Our clients range from small and medium sized businesses to larger plcs and include a number of public sector and charitable institutions, in each case across a broad range of industry sectors, such as life sciences, IT, chemicals, manufacturing, publishing and retail. We also provide IP strategy advice to our clients.

Our expertise in litigation matters encompasses patent litigation, trade mark and passing off litigation and trade mark oppositions, design right infringement, copyright infringement and breach of confidentiality, as well as significant experience with cross-border IP litigation.  We are particularly known for our copyright, design and trade mark infringement work in the fashion, retail and publishing sectors, and for our patent disputes work in the life sciences sector.

We have a substantial international trade mark practice, managing the portfolios of major brand owners from a global US aerospace company to entrepreneurs such as Levi Roots.

We offer expert advice on:

  • patent, know-how, trade mark and copyright licensing, acquisition and sales
  • strategic IP advice
  • IP disputes and litigation including patent revocation and infringement actions
  • advertising, publishing and sponsorship
  • copyright, database and design right protection, infringement and disputes
  • trade mark protection, oppositions, invalidations, infringements and passing off
  • domain name disputes
  • technology transfer advice
  • confidentiality agreements
  • collaboration agreements and revenue share agreements
  • securing IP ownership
  • IP due diligence

Recent Work Highlights

Jimmy Choo designs

Acting for Jimmy Choo in a number of Community Unregistered Design Right cases, which involved the infringers paying significant damages and legal costs.

IKEA settlement agreement and brand advice

Negotiating a settlement for IKEA after a third party infringed its trade marks, and advising on an application to the Company Names Adjudicator for unauthorised use of IKEA in a company name.

Licence of patented technology

Acting for a UK plc on an out-licence of patented pharmaceutical vector technology to Novartis.


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