Trade Marks Department
We have a large trade mark practice staffed by a team of full time trade mark professionals assisted by paralegals and support staff.
We offer Trade Mark and Brand Rights services in all countries of the world.
We act directly before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the Community Trade Mark Office (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for the international registration of marks.
We work with a network of trusted overseas attorneys with local knowledge and experience to provide a truly global service.
We have a dedicated Record and Renewal section providing trade mark maintenance services around the world. Clients can access their records via a secure online link and use our Online UK & European Community Renewals Service to substantially reduce their renewal costs.
We offer a full range of trade mark services on a worldwide basis including :
- New mark searches
Advising on the availability for use of trade marks and their registrability.
- Trade mark registration
Applying for and obtaining registrations in the UK, at the European Community’s Trade Marks Office (“OHIM”) and overseas.
- Trade mark portfolio management
Maintaining and renewing trade mark registrations. Assessing and evaluating the scope of clients’ trade mark portfolios.
- Conflict advice
Advice on trade mark infringement and unfair competition law.
- Anti-counterfeiting advice
Assisting clients to police their trade mark portfolios worldwide. Registering marks with Customs and dealing with Customs counterfeit seizures.
- Contentious work
Opposing, applying to cancel or invalidate third parties’ trade mark applications and registrations. Defending clients whose own marks are opposed or attacked.
- Assignments & licences
Drafting assignments and licences and applying to record ownership changes and third party interests.
- Due diligence work
Provision of assistance and advice in acquiring and disposing of trade marks as part of business acquisitions.
- Watching services
Maintaining watches on third party trade mark filing activity.
Ian R. Smith
Grazyna K. Poplawska