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CMS

Intellectual Property

6 ranked lawyersBand 2London (Firms)UK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Comprehensive IP service able to handle any dispute, transaction or prosecution strategy. Celebrated hi-tech and digital expertise, with important resources devoted to life sciences clients. One of very few firms with in-house patent attorneys.

Strengths

One client describes the lawyers as "excellent to work with," explaining they are "extremely responsive, subject matter experts and highly professional."

A client reports: "CMS is a large firm but is highly efficient and manages to maintain close and personal relationships with its clients." 

Work highlights

Secured on behalf of UEFA a ‘live’ blocking injunction for two years against the six leading UK ISPs. This prevents UK customers from accessing particular targeted servers which were streaming illegal transmissions of UEFA games.

Notable practitioners

Gareth Morgan represents large pharmaceutical manufacturers in high-stakes patent infringement and SPC cases. He is also well thought of for his advisory work with regard to medicines regulation and the interface of government affairs and life sciences.
"Gareth is all over the detail but what I like is that when everyone gets swept up in the crisis he is very good at stepping back and keeping the strategic aim in view."

Helen Newman is celebrated for her depth of experience assisting luxury goods and fashion designers with the protection and development of their IP portfolios. She is well-versed in multi-jurisdictional litigation.
"She has been a grandee of trade mark law for many years."

Paul Stevens 's clients benefit from his depth of experience representing broadcasting and technology clients in contentious matters regarding trade marks, databases and design rights. He has a notable client following in digital media.

Sarah Wright is well known for her brand and portfolio management work assisting high-profile brands with IP strategy and enforcement. She often receives instructions from major players in the technology and entertainment sectors.
"She is incredibly responsive, has great knowledge and gives practical advice."

Tom Reid regularly assists on matters for clients in sectors such as consumer goods, media and leisure. His experience includes copyright and trade mark litigation.
"He is extremely responsive, his communication style is excellent and his research is thorough, on-point comprehensive and clear."

Tom Scourfield is well respected for his practice representing corporate clients in trade mark and copyright disputes before the courts and UK and EU registries. He counts leading brands in myriad sectors among his clients, inter alia, cosmetics companies, broadcasters and sporting bodies.
"A real strategic thinker."

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Intellectual Property


Helen Newman
Senior Statespeople
Paul Stevens
Band 3
Sarah Wright
Band 4
Tom Reid
Associates to watch
Tom Scourfield
Band 2

Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation


Gareth Morgan
Band 4