Intellectual Property Enforcement

With technology continually changing the world in which we operate, the methods used by infringers to undermine and exploit intellectual property rights is ever-evolving and increasingly sophisticated. Whether that be in respect of counterfeiting, unauthorised parallel imports, piracy, domain name hi-jacking or other issues, we have the experience, know-how and creativity to assist rights holders in taking proportionate, practical and effective action.

Mishcon de Reya's IP enforcement team is at the forefront of combatting highly complex infringing activity through a unique blend of civil and criminal enforcement expertise coupled with our in-house cyber intelligence team, MDR Cyber. The Mishcon de Reya IP enforcement team is one of the most experienced and active teams of its kind operating in the UK. We employ both analogue and digital enforcement measures to protect and enforce our clients' valuable intellectual property rights. These measures range from search and seizure raids to computer imaging orders, website blocking injunctions and criminal prosecutions.

Having the full suite of enforcement capabilities enables us to advise on optimal enforcement strategies consistent with our client's objectives. These may range from financial recovery via a civil claim (deploying our affirmative recovery solution, Mishcon Tulip) to a high-profile criminal conviction.

We work closely with our experienced investigators and the MDR Cyber team, customs and law enforcement (such as the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)) to achieve positive solutions for our clients. We target all levels of offending, which often serves as a strong deterrent to other transgressors. We also have specific sector-based experience of advising rights holders on their wider enforcement strategies, including alternative methods of disruption and intervention.

Key Services

  • Advising on brand protection and enforcement strategy, both from a civil and criminal perspective
  • Obtaining a range of Court Orders against defendant targets such as Search and Freezing Orders, Imaging Orders, Doorstep Orders and Disclosure Orders
  • Obtaining Blocking Injunctions against intermediaries where the defendant target is untraceable/unreachable
  • Advising on and obtaining Private Prosecutions - a criminal proceeding initiated by an individual or an organisation or company rather than by a prosecuting authority
  • Domain name recovery
  • Notice and takedowns
  • Dealing with Customs, Trading Standards and law enforcement agencies
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