Counterfeiting, as one of the most rapidly expanding economic crimes, poses a global threat to IP owners and their ability to capitalise on their investment.

Aside from lost revenue, counterfeiting can erode consumer confidence and, in the worst cases, can pose risks to the health and safety of consumers.

We can devise cost-effective anti-counterfeiting strategies, tailored to your requirements, which are designed to catch counterfeits at the EU border and combat perpetrators within the market. Together with a network of trusted associates, we can support you in the war against counterfeiting across the whole of the EU and beyond.

Registration of IP rights

We offer the full range of filing and prosecution services, obtaining national and European Union trade mark registrations and Community design registrations, as well as patents in all relevant jurisdictions and across all technical fields. 

Customs detentions

We can register your intellectual property rights with UK Customs (HMRC), which can empower Customs authorities throughout the EU to detain suspected counterfeit goods. We work together with Customs authorities around the EU, either directly or via trusted overseas associates, to oversee each detention from initial notification through to destruction (where appropriate). We can also work with you to create brand protection guides, arrange for training of Customs officials, and utilise the new EUIPO Enforcement Database. 

Out in the field

Our anti-counterfeiting team visits Customs officers and other agencies in person where necessary, especially to support complex or large-scale operations. 

Trading standards and police

We work with Trading Standards and the Police across the UK to target internally traded counterfeit goods and assist the authorities in relation to specific investigations. We advise and act on obtaining interim relief, including search and seizure orders. We also issue witness statements for use as evidence in criminal prosecutions. In conjunction with overseas associates, we also coordinate similar actions involving enforcement agencies in other EU countries.

Civil and criminal litigation and private prosecutions

Our team of solicitors will seek to maximise your legal remedies, including pursuing court proceedings where necessary. We bring vast litigation experience across a variety of industries affected by counterfeiting, including the apparel, electronics, FMCG and luxury goods sectors. 

Our litigation services

Internet services

We can arrange for watching services and online surveillance and investigations, including taking action against infringing domain names and take-downs relating to websites selling counterfeit goods (liaising with the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) where appropriate). We also liaise with private investigators to make suitable test purchases of suspected infringing goods and can assist with filing take down notices on e-commerce sites and other intermediary platforms to tackle such sales.

Your records

We can arrange a reporting mechanism that suits you, to keep you updated on anti-counterfeiting activity affecting your business, when and how you need it. 

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Meet the team

Partners

Antony Craggs
Antony Craggs
Partner, Solicitor
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Matthew Dick
Matthew Dick
Partner, Solicitor
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Uli Foerstl
Uli Foerstl
Partner, Rechtsanwalt
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Tamsin Holman
Tamsin Holman
Partner, Solicitor
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Jeremy Pennant
Jeremy Pennant
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Partner, Solicitor
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Senior Associates

Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Senior Associate, Solicitor
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Associates

Flora Cook
Flora Cook
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Carolin Golling
Carolin Golling
Associate, Rechtsanwältin
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Solicitors

Alban Radivojevic
Alban Radivojevic
Solicitor
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