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Brand names can be extremely valuable assets and need to be properly protected. If you would like more information on our trade mark service please click on the link below.

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Cathrine Ripley

Cathrine Ripley

Manufacturing

We act for a range of manufacturers and distributors in the food sector, including one who, through a system of licensing arrangements with food suppliers, sells a wide range of branded products available in leading supermarkets in the UK.  We have helped the client protect and exploit its brands through several licensing agreements, a distribution agreement, a services agreement and a commercial participator agreement.

We advise a designer and manufacturer of non-patented sex toys, supplying to customers including Reckitt Benckiser and Ann Summers.  Our work has included:

  • preparing new standard terms and conditions of business with particular consideration of the IP issues relating to the design of the products, the development of tooling moulds and the creation of bespoke developments for individual clients as well as copyright in the packaging artwork
  • advising on NDAs and an agreement with Reckitt Benckiser
  • negotiating a contract with a Miami-based distributor whose US-wide network of sub-distributors will open up the North American market to our client

We act for a major food distributor, including registering and managing numerous UK trade mark registrations and advising in relation to the progression of pending GB and European patent applications by one of the client’s competitors concerning a purportedly new "drain less" tuna-canning technology.

Technology

We act for a computer games designer in relation to an alleged trade mark infringement/passing-off claim brought by the ECB which culminated in an early commercial settlement without any admission of liability on the part of our client.

We advise a software supplier in relation to its prospective claims against a hardware supplier for copyright infringement, passing-off and payment of unpaid invoices, all arising from the supplier’s apparent unauthorised distribution of unlicensed copies of our client's products.  Our client had previously had a commercial arrangement with the supplier for the licensed software.  We advised in relation to the termination of the relationship when our client discovered that the supplier had not been full and frank in the provision of information relating to how many licences had been sold.

We act for an online backup solutions provider in relation to its copyright infringement and passing-off claims against a French/Nigerian company which had “cloned” its website using a third party programmer.  The website was withdrawn by the infringing party within 24 hours of receiving our cease and desist letter.

Services Sector

We advise a London-based market research company undertaking consumer, product and market research on a global basis.  Our involvement began in 2005 when the company purchased one of our existing client companies and since that time we have advised the new client in relation to several corporate acquisitions.  These transactions inevitably involve much due diligence work, in particular in relation to commercial contract and intellectual property issues, including putting in place appropriate documentation to regularise previously very informal (and not necessarily satisfactory) arrangements ahead of the acquisitions.

We act for a client which undertakes a wide range of advertising and marketing activities for clients through an award-winning publication and related data-generating programmes.  We regularly advise the client on advertising and data licensing contracts to protect the data it collects and supplies.  We also deal with copyright and trade mark infringement issues, including infringement arising from Google adwords advertising by one of the client’s competitors.

We advise a further and higher education client in connection with the outsourcing of some of its educational courses to a third party provider, preparing the service level agreement setting out the terms of the collaboration under which the IP and trade marks of both parties would be used in relation to the outsourcing/joint venture going forward.

Media and Marketing 

We act for a national trade association, in particular with regard to the management of its trade mark portfolio and advising on the legal implications of new strategies being considered (for example the branding of a customer loyalty card to be launched in garden centres and nurseries throughout the UK).

We have a longstanding relationship with a media and advertising client and our instructions have included:

  • preparing a collaboration agreement with a national newspaper group for the publication of a unique guide to employers within the UK whereby the newspaper group would sponsor the publication and use assets from the publication within its own publications
  • representing the client in a dispute concerning the use by a competitor of the name of an awards ceremony run by our client