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Intellectual Property Disputes

We represent our clients worldwide, in the many different courts and tribunals which are important in IP matters.

Our IP teams understand how to exploit the procedural and tactical possibilities these forums offer in terms of, for example, securing evidence or obtaining fast interim relief or a speedy hearing. This enables us to co-ordinate litigation and settlement strategies to achieve the right business outcome for our clients.

Frequently, a firm technical understanding is crucial to securing success. Many of A&O's people have technical backgrounds and industry experience and can advise with confidence in cases involving the most complex technology.

Antitrust issues are also increasingly important in IP litigation: we work together with our top-tier antitrust practice which includes leading practitioners with specific IP experience.

Our litigation experience spans all areas of intellectual property. For example, we frequently act in:

  • Major multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, in the life sciences and technology areas
  • Trademark litigation at the highest levels, including before the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Disputes relating to trade secrets, particularly in the financial and telecoms fields
  • Copyright disputes, often with an emphasis on digital rights, jurisdictional and antitrust issues
  • Disputes relating to transit trade, anti-counterfeiting campaigns and action to prevent parallel imports

News & insights

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Publications: 06 MAY 2020

Extending its reach, expanding liability, and increasing the damages: a recent decision assessing the U.S. Defend Trade Secrets Act has major implications

The U.S's Defend Trade Secrets Act ("DTSA") now extends to capture activities outside of the U.S.  Recently, in Motorola Solutions, Inc. v. Hytera Communications Corp., No. 1:17-cv-1973 (N.D. Ill.…

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Publications: 27 APRIL 2020

Issues brand owners need to consider during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic to protect their IP portfolios

Here we assess the difficulties the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic poses to brand owners involved in trade mark registry proceedings and trade mark litigation, what brand owners can do to mitigate the…

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Publications: 16 APRIL 2020

Mexichem v Honeywell – Will a broad Arrow declaration fly?

An Arrow declaration is a form of discretionary relief granted by UK courts declaring that a product or process would have lacked novelty, or been obvious, at a specific point in time. 

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Publications: 15 APRIL 2020

Podcast: How to protect IP as part of a digital transformation strategy

Whether digitalising by building out new digitally-focused units or externally via M&A, many IP challenges will arise especially as digital transformation can happen fast. Meeting these challenges…

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Our global intellectual property capabilities

Allen & Overy is one of the few major global law firms with a full-service, cross-border intellectual property capability.