Your trademarks are the link between your business and your customers. They are your marks of excellence, guaranteeing the quality of your products or services. Properly used and protected, trade marks can build in strength and reputation.
We will advise you on a cost-effective brand protection strategy.
Whether you have a UK-based or global business, whether your brand is a word, logo, colour, smell or tune, we will find the right strategy for you, taking into account your budget and medium to long term business development plans.
We will also manage your portfolio of trade marks going forward and advise you if you are entering into a contract where your trade mark will be used by a third party, or vice-versa.
If your trade mark is infringed we will work with you to find the correct protection strategy.
This might be an action in the UK (UKIPO) or Community trade marks (OHIM) to prevent registration of a conflicting mark. It might be a trade mark infringement or passing off claim in the High Court or IPEC, or an action in conjunction with trading standards where counterfeits are in issue. We will always give you clear cost estimates and seek to manage your dispute in a cost-effective way, including finding the right time to consider settlement.
If you receive a claim, we will help you to resolve it.
It is important to have a clear idea of the strength of a claim so that you do not waste costs defending a weak position or find yourself pushed into an unacceptable compromise where you have a good defence. The extent to which any dispute is worth pursuing depends on a number of factors including the importance of the issue to your business. We will always work with you to find an appropriate solution.
We can advise you if you are accused of dealing in, or you think another is dealing in, unauthorised parallel imports, or grey market goods.
In the 2021 edition of World Trademark Review Sarah Hadland is listed as “a leading individual who continues to command the respect of peers and clients”.