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Mr
Lee
Curtis

Partner & Trade Mark Attorney

Manchester Office

Trade marks

Telephone. +44(0) 161 247 4900
Mobile. +44(0) 759 524 3078
Email. [email protected]

Experience

Lee has nearly 30 years’ experience of the trade mark and design law in the UK and overseas having qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 1996.

He advises and manages the design and trade mark portfolios of some of the leading brands in the United Kingdom and across the globe.

Lee also has extensive experience of filing and prosecuting trade mark applications, oppositions, revocation and invalidity actions before the European Union Intellectual Property Office, World Intellectual Property Organisation and across the globe.

Lee has extensive experience of the enforcement and preservation of design and trade mark rights. This includes the conduct of hearings before the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and appeals to the Appointed Person, enforcement of trade mark rights through trading standards provisions and online. He has also successfully prosecuted numerous domain actions under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) before WIPO and through the Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) of Nominet.

In August 2010, Lee obtained a Trade Mark and Design Litigators Certificate giving him the right to conduct litigation in the Chancery Division of the High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in relation to trade mark, design and passing off matters.

Lee has been widely quoted and has spoken on IP matters in the press and on radio and TV, notably in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, BBC Radio 4 and BBC1.

Qualifications

Trade Mark Attorney

Chartered (UK)


BSC

BSc (Hons) Economics

Recognition

WTR1000 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024

"Lee Curtis is smart, efficient and seemingly answers emails 24 hours a day. He is sensitive to the needs of his clients and is an indispensable part of the team when working on worldwide strategies.” (WTR1000 2024) "Lee is one of the most knowledgeable trademark specialists in Europe, both on issues relating to the UK as well as EU IP rights and trademarks in particular. He has a wealth of knowledge on practical aspects of IP practice and an in-depth understanding of clients’ business needs.” (WTR1000 2021) Lee is also ranked under the WTR1000 listing as a 'Gold Individual' under United Kingdom for "prosecution and strategy".

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MP IP Stars (Trade Marks) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024

“always provides practical solutions to issues" (MIP IP Stars 2017) "Curtis gives “quick, no-nonsense advice which is tailored to the client’s business activities and needs”. Another client appreciates Curtis’s “transparency about costs”. (MIP IP Stars 2018)

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Legal500 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023

“experienced, practical and solution-oriented" (Legal 500, 2017)

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World Trademark Review Global Leader: Private Practice 2023

World Trademark Review Global Leaders listing in 2023.

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Nominated for United Kingdom (England) Trade Mark Attorney Managing Intellectual Property Awards 2024

Nominated for the UK Trade Mark Attorney of the Year 2024 for the Managing Intellectual Property Awards.

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Publications

WTR Global Leaders 2024

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Managing Intellectual Property firm rankings - IP Stars 2024

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A late Christmas present for M&S in Christmas gin bottle design dispute

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Managing IP EMEA Awards 2024

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Where could Generative AI’s impact be most clearly felt in the retail sector?

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Leader's League Rankings 2023

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IP Stars 2023

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Protection of retail formats in China: the Decathlon case

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WTR 1000 2023

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International trade mark registrations – change to UKIPO handling procedure

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Fashionably IP Episodes 1-9 - podcast exploring hot topics in the world of fashion and intellectual property

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Fashionably IP Podcast - Christmas special

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A tale of two Icelands

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Christian Louboutin and Amazon: cases of marketplace liability

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WTR 1000 2021

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MIP IP Stars 2020

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The Wild East? Protecting trade marks in China

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WTR 1000 2020

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Does a design have to be disclosed first in the EU to benefit from Community Unregistered Design Right?

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HGF continue to be highly ranked in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings

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Alexa, ‘what’s the impact of AI on trade mark law’

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The Intellectual Property Report

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WTR 1000 2019

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WIPO Magazine: Trademark Law Playing Catch-up with Artificial Intelligence?

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Video recording of four person panel I took part in at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia on 31st January 2019 on Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Considerations.

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CITMA Review: A right royal rout: June 2020

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AI is Changing How Products are Bought and by Definition Will Change Trade Mark Law

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Alexa, ‘what’s the impact of AI on trademark law?’

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Conferences: 2023

September 22nd 2023

pro-manchester Creative Conference

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June 13th 2023

Luxury Law Awards 2023

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Conferences: 2022

December 1st 2022

HGF's IP in Retail Conference London 2022

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April 30th 2022

INTA 2022 Annual Meeting Live+

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March 31st 2022

HGF Complete webinar: trade mark opposition and invalidity proceedings

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Conferences: 2021

June 8th 2021

WIPR Trademarks Live

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April 20th 2021

Intellectual Property Owners Association Spring Summit

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April 20th 2021

IPOwners Spring Summit 2021

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Conferences: 2020

December 31st 2020

HGF Complete: Brexit Webinars

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December 1st 2020

HGF IP in Retail online training events

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November 5th 2020

CITMA Autumn Conference

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November 4th 2020

WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI): Third Session

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October 6th 2020

WTR Connect 2020

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September 3rd 2020

HGF webinar: The rise of AI. What happens when you take the human out of trade mark law?

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March 3rd 2020

IP in Healthcare Conference 2020

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Conferences: 2019

December 3rd 2019

IP in Retail Conference Amsterdam 2019

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October 17th 2019

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges for Intellectual Property Law - Brussels

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September 24th 2019

IP in Retail Conference 2019 - London & Leeds

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March 14th 2019

“Can robots invent and create? A dialogue between Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property” - Alicante

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January 31st 2019

USPTO - Artificial Intelligence: Intellectual Property Policy Considerations - Virginia

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CSR

Past member of the Public Relations (PR) Committee of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).  Member of the organising panel for CITMA conferences.

Past Examiner (trade mark paper) for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

Past contributor CITMA European Trade Mark Handbook.

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