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Trade Mark, Designs and Copyright

Trade mark, designs and copyright protection is critical to the creativity, innovation and investment that go into developing brands. Allen & Overy’s market-leading team helps today’s leading businesses to protect these significant company assets.

More than ever, the world’s top businesses need a strategic and coordinated global approach to Intellectual Property. Our pre-eminent global team has worked on some of the most complex, high-profile and often precedent-setting trade mark, designs and copyright cases of recent times.

Implementing and executing effective global dispute resolution strategies to defend brands is a key part of our expertise. We act for some of the world’s most valuable brands, devising litigation strategies that are effective at all levels of the relevant courts and tribunals.

Our experience

Warner Bros

Warner Bros

in EU-wide trade mark infringement proceedings commenced in the Brussels Commercial Court, and in two sets of parallel invalidity proceedings before the EUIPO.

Nintendo

Nintendo

as their main adviser in France, on a day-to-day basis, on the enforcement of all aspects of its anti-piracy policy in France. Most notably, we advised on its efforts to prohibit the sale of devices designed to circumvent the technical measures protecting the Nintendo consoles, infringing their copyright and trade marks.

SC Johnson

SC Johnson

the maker of well-known brands such as Mr Muscle, Autan, Glade, Raid and Off! on all aspects of its trade marks, product designs and advertising/unfair competition work across a number of European jurisdictions.

A global pharmaceutical company

A global pharmaceutical company

on successful arguments for the registration of its trade mark for the distinctive shape of one of its products in the Czech Republic.

News and insights

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News: 17 June 2022

Allen & Overy Lawyers named 2022 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars

Managing Intellectual Property’s (Managing IP) has selected 19 Allen & Overy lawyers for its IP Stars (2022) guide. The publication is the leading specialist guide to IP law firms and practitioners…

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Blog Post: 16 December 2021

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property: what next for the UK?

There is still time to provide input to the UKIPO on copyright protection of computer-generated works, copyright exceptions for text and data mining and AI inventorship of patents as the government…

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Publications: 07 December 2021

Managing trade mark and design portfolios post-Brexit

As we approach the one year anniversary of the end of the transition period following the UK’s departure from the EU, for many registrants, the dust will now be settling over enlarged trade mark and…

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Blog Post: 02 December 2021

Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: Court of Appeal Judgment on Machine Inventors

The Court of Appeal (Arnold LJ, Laing LJ and Birss LJ) handed down its judgment in Thaler v Comptroller General of Patents Trade Marks And Designs on 21 September 2021. The court held, with Birss LJ…

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Awards and accolades

  • Winner: Copyright & Design Firm of the Year – France, Managing IP EMEA Awards 2020

Recognition of our work

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