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Provided by Freeths LLP

The team is based in the West Midlands but its reach is nationwide. We offer a full range of traditional IP services including contentious and non-contentious trade mark, designs and copyright work and patent litigation. In addition, the team also provides bespoke advertising, marketing, product clearance and other advice as to best exploit and enforce clients’ own IP and avoid infringing the IP of others. With a fully integrated filing and prosecution practice matched by seasoned litigators, the team is able to offer a seamless and holistic service for the efficient management and effective enforcement of intellectual property rights. This wide range of services has attracted an impressive portfolio of clients including some well known household names and helped build an extensive network of fellow practitioners around the world.

The team delivers a quality fixed price trade mark and design filing service, early-warning services, company name tribunal complaints and domain name disputes. Simon and his team also have particular expertise in advertising cases, including cases of trade mark infringement in comparative advertising, complaints to the ASA and appeals to the Independent Reviewer.

In addition to prosecuting cases the team is well known for defending clients and providing skilled advice on the risks of infringing third party rights; including product, design and trade mark clearance advice. Key sectors include: retail, fashion, manufacturing, hospitality and leisure.

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What the team is known for

Freeths in Birmingham offers a full-service IP practice advising on licensing, trade mark prosecution, patent litigation, brand protection and designs. The team conducts due diligence in advance of corporate and capital markets transactions. It acts for household names in construction, retail and leisure. The team regularly advises in relation to advertising, marketing and product clearance.

Work Highlights

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  • Freeths acted for Aldi in the claim by M&S that Aldi's Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake infringed trade marks in M&S's Colin the Caterpillar cake, or that it amounted to passing off. The claim was defended and settled.

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Simon Barker
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Simon Barker leads Freeths’ national IP and media team. He is a brand and designs specialist, well versed in both litigation and also commercial licensing and corporate support work.

"Simon Barker is an excellent professional with remarkable capabilities and skills."

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