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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 & insights

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Publications: 14 JULY 2020

Webinar: Beyond Covid-19: Implications for intellectual property

In the second and final webinar in our series, our IP team discusses the future global impact of Covid-19 coronavirus on IP from a transactional, litigation and regulatory perspective.

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Publications: 11 JUNE 2020

Webinar: The key impacts of Covid-19 coronavirus on Intellectual Property

In the first of a series of webinars, Allen & Overy’s IP team addresses the current impact of Covid-19 coronavirus on IP from a transactional, litigation and regulatory perspective.

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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: 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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Awards and accolades

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

Recognition of our work

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