Intellectual property disputes

Your relentless approach, tenacity and determination to resolve our difficult situation led to an excellent result for us.

Minoo Dastur, CEO, Nihilent Technologies Limited
Commercial Dispute Resolution

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While the management, protection and exploitation of intellectual property (IP) rights are core to most businesses, the value to any company of its brands can be priceless and needs protection from any infringement and abuse of their patent and copyright.

Our team provides a comprehensive and seamless service to assist our clients whenever and wherever instances of infringement arise around the world. We represent clients in courts of law and before intellectual property offices and arbitral panels and in mediations providing a legal service that combines judgment with experience.

Typical issues dealt with by the Penningtons Manches IP team include brand protection, the sale of infringing products, passing off, breach of confidential information and know-how, and recording other artists’ songs. We have also developed Make your Mark™ - a complete brand protection service to help you identify and establish a tailored branding strategy.

We have extensive experience of advising on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and have been involved in resolving many significant copyright, trade mark, patent and know-how infringement and ownership disputes - as well as cases involving parallel importation, breach of confidence, anti-counterfeiting and misleading advertising.

Our clients include public and private companies, owner-managed businesses, institutions, start-up companies, sole traders and individuals involved in a variety of sectors including retail, publishing and media, automotive, consumer electronics, pharma, IT, hotels and leisure services, and food.

We offer expert advice on:

  • patent, trade mark, design and copyright ownership disputes
  • patent, trade mark and design revocations, oppositions and annulments
  • domain name rights and disputes
  • ‘cease and desist’ letters
  • defamation and trade libel
  • misuse of confidential information
  • preventing moral rights infringement

Recent work highlights

Transatlantic trade mark dispute

Acting for a defence and aerospace company in its worldwide dispute with a US defence manufacturer, over the use by both companies of a particular brand name. Both companies are suppliers to governments and defence departments in multiple jurisdictions.


Formula 1 racing team dispute

Advising a Formula 1 racing team in a dispute with a rival team over employee restrictive covenants and the alleged misuse of confidential information.


Multi-national pharma claims

Acting for a multi-national pharmaceutical company in claims for trade mark infringement against various parallel import companies.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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