We strive to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each case, and from the outset to provide clear advice and recommendations with the involvement of other IP professionals if necessary. Our focus is on getting issues resolved on a commercial, expedient and cost effective basis.
We also recognise that pursuing these cases can be costly, and we work with Third Party Funders where we can to create innovative funding packages that will enable clients to take claims through litigation.
We also have specialist technical support on hand from our trademark attorney and patent attorneys who can help additional value and insight into IP disputes that relate to trademarks and patents.
Trademark Infringement and Passing Off
We have considerable experience in both prosecuting and defending proceedings for trademark infringement and passing off. When acting for pursuers, we can often assist in the first instance by issuing pre-action correspondence with a view to bringing about early resolution and stopping infringing activity without the need for court proceedings.
When defending allegations, we seek to provide clear advice on the strengths of any defence available and to seek a resolution on the best terms possible.
Many of the cases we have assisted clients with have had an international element.
We also have experience with assisting clients with the proceedings before UK Intellectual Property Office and Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market which administers the registration of Community Trademarks. We have a trademark attorney who can help as part of the specialist services we provide.
Copyright, Registered and Unregistered Design Rights
We have assisted a number of clients with copyright disputes in a number of sectors from science and technology to the performing arts. We have also helped clients in connection with the enforcement and protection of their design rights, including pursuing actions for damages and injunctive relief before the Scottish Courts.
Patents are a complex area of the law. We assist clients with advice regarding patent infringement by third parties and in respect to disputes arising from the registration of patents where the ownership of the data being used in application is disputed. We have two patent attorneys who can help as part of the specialist services we provide.
The protection of confidential information and trade secrets is of vital importance to our clients. We have extensive experience in advising clients on their rights regarding the unauthorised disclosure of confidential information by employees, former employees and third parties.
We are skilled in seeking injunctive orders from the Courts to prevent the disclosure of such information. We also have also been involved in so-called “dawn raid” actions to recover evidence of unauthorised disclosures.
Internet and Domain Name Disputes
The use of internet domain names is governed by a complicated system both in the UK and internationally. There are also close links between this area of the law, trademarks and passing-off.
We have built up a wealth of knowledge and familiarity working in this area, providing clients with advice on what action they can take when domain names are registered by third parties in bad faith or with the purpose of taking advantage of their branding. Through World Intellectual Property Organisation we have achieved notable success in having domain names registered by third parties transferred to our clients.
Contact our Intellectual Property Dispute Lawyers in Edinburgh, Scotland
To speak to one of our intellectual property disputes specialists, please contact us on 01312268200 or fill out our online contact form.