Our litigation lawyers provide clients with comprehensive, pragmatic advice and support in all aspects of enforcement and defence of intellectual property rights. We cover the full spread of IP-related litigation and dispute management matters including patents, trade marks, database rights, copyright, design rights and breach of confidence claims
We regularly represent clients in the main IP Courts across Europe, often coordinating actions over several jurisdictions. Our litigation capability covers all sectors, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, electronics and engineering sectors. We are also instructed by clients in the retail, financial services and FMCG sectors to handle their IP disputes.
There are of course a wide range of IP disputes – from modest issues, where cost effective management is key, through to major problems, where a successful outcome is pivotal to protect core products or rights. This broad spectrum calls for a variety of techniques as well as experience, judgement and a close understanding of the client’s objectives to ensure that the approach taken to the issue is consistent with them. We have the experience to make sure that clients take the correct approach. Settlements are often an important part of IP dispute management and our lawyers are well versed in the techniques required to obtain a commercial settlement for clients.
Not all IP litigation requires a large team of lawyers. We can provide the large team, if needed, but take a lean and mean approach, ensuring work is handled at the appropriate level and that there is no duplication. An important feature of our litigation teams is our fully integrated approach which sees our litigation lawyers working alongside patent and trade mark attorneys across the business. This ensures that disputes can be managed effectively at all stages, and that our litigators have the best technical support available.
We’ve built our business by recruiting and developing specialists, not generalists. When it comes to protecting your ideas and business, you want to know you’re working with the best – people who truly understand your sector and the potential of your IP.
HGF’s team has IP litigation professionals from an array of academic backgrounds. Our team-based approach ensures our clients benefit from the very best strategic advice from people who understand not only the legal environment, but also the practical and theoretical side of their business.
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In January 2020 the CJEU handed down its eagerly anticipated Judgment in SkyKick – finding that a trade mark application made without any intention to use the trade mark in …Read article
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HGF Partner Dr Richard Williams will be attending and speaking at IP Protection for Plant Innovation event in Amsterdam on 28-29 November. FORUM Institut’s 9th IP Protection for Plant Innovation conference is aimed …Event details
AG Tanchev has given his (long awaited) Opinion in the case of “Sky v SkyKick”, proposing that the CJEU should hold that a lack of clarity and precision are issues that must …Read article
On 23rd October 2019, the Supreme Court in the UK issued its decision in Shanks v Unilever  UKSC 45 directing that an employee whose invention delivered significant profits to his …Read article