Charles Russell Speechlys

Intellectual Property Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Highly regarded for trade mark prosecution and IP-led transactions such as licence agreements and joint venture formations. Also assists with the treatment of IP assets in M&A deals. Well known for trade mark and misuse of confidential information disputes. Demonstrates significant experience in handling patent litigation.

Strengths A client says: "They worked together well within a relatively tight timescale to achieve a good outcome for us."

A source says: "I find them to be exceptional counsellors - they really understand the issues and provide good guidance from start to finish."

Work highlight Acted for Cadbury on a number of long-running disputes with Nestlé concerning trade marks referring to the brand's purple trade dress and other features.

Notable practitioners

Ian Wood is a highly respected and experienced IP litigator, frequently instructed to lead patent cases of all stripes. Recent matters have concerned pharmaceutical, engineering and chemical technologies.

Mary Bagnall leads the firm's IP practice and is a noted authority on the enforcement of trade marks and other non-patent rights. She is particularly expert on 'non-traditional' trade marks, for example shapes and colours defining the trade dress of iconic consumer products.