Trade Marks (Dispute Resolution)

Brands

The services provided by our Brands group encompass the full life cycle of your brand, from creation through to protection and enforcement. We are experts in trade mark and design filing, but we go beyond this. We add value to businesses by playing a strategic advisory role – finding the right legal strategy to best support your commercial strategy.

We operate across five key areas – clearance (including acquisition), filing, monitoring, disputes and domain names – working in tandem with our IP disputes and commercial contracts groups. We have strong relationships with industry bodies across a variety of sectors and work closely with the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.  In 2018, we launched MDR Brand Management, a team of brand management specialists with decades of experience working with some of the world’s most prestigious brands, the first brand management business to be launched by a leading law firm in the UK.

In 2017, we were awarded Technology, Media and Telecoms Firm (Specialism) of the Year for Brand Management at The Legal 500 Awards.

With a team of Partners, Associates, Trade Mark Attorneys and Paralegals, we are able to assign the right expertise according to the nature of a matter. Whether your brand is emerging or is established and expanding into new markets, regions or sectors, we can ensure your rights are fully protected and ready for commercial exploitation.

As part of our Brexit preparations and to address the potential outcome of a No Deal Brexit, we have set up Mishcon de Reya IP B.V., a trade mark practice based in The Netherlands. Mishcon de Reya IP B.V. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mishcon de Reya LLP and will allow us to ensure continued representation in relation to EU Trade Mark (EUTM) and Design matters before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). 

  • Trade mark and design clearance and investigation
  • Worldwide trade mark and design filing, prosecution and enforcement
  • Trade mark and design disputes
  • Proceedings before the UK IPO, EU IPO, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, General Court and Court of Justice of the EU
  • Portfolio management
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Strategic review, acquisition and due diligence
  • Representing an international broadcaster on a range of trade mark protection and enforcement matters, including a wide-ranging dispute with a company trading in the UK and Europe.
  • Acting for a well-known designer on its trade mark and design filing strategy including the protection of non-traditional, innovative marks, and managing the enforcement of its IP rights.
  • Principal advisor to a leading pharmaceutical company for its UK trade mark portfolio, advising on a broad spectrum of trade mark services including trade mark registration, management and enforcement.
  • Advising an award-winning real estate agency in relation to enforcing its rights on a global basis.
  • Managing a social media site's global trade mark filing strategy and dealing with IP disputes, including acting on the global launch of a new dating site.
  • Advising a professional services firm on a worldwide rebrand in over 100 territories.
  • Representing a number of companies in the betting and gaming sector on trade mark, design and IP litigation matters.
  • Managing the global IP portfolio in preparation for the relaunch of an iconic 1960s fashion brand, having advised on the acquisition of the brand.
  • Advising a number of innovative property companies on the management of their IP portfolios and the protection of their assets.

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