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 UK and EU borders 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 (including the UK) 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 Customs authorities in the UK as well as in Germany and Ireland in the EU. This empowers Customs authorities to detain suspected counterfeit goods from entering the EU and/or the UK. We work together with Customs authorities in the UK and 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 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 within the EU.

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.

Useful resources

  • Case Study

    Anti-Counterfeiting

    We coordinated a pan-European anti-counterfeiting strategy for a client based in the US. This included overseeing all Customs seizures across the EU and coordinating with the police and other law enforcement authorities. Over 250,000 counterfeit goods were seized across the EU in one year.

  • Case Study

    Online enforcement

    We were successful in obtaining the removal of various upcycled/re-purposed handbags which infringed our client’s rights.

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Meet the team

Partners

Jana Bogatz
Jana Bogatz
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
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Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Matthew Dick
Matthew Dick
Partner, Solicitor
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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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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Partner, Solicitor
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Senior Associates

Flora Cook
Flora Cook
Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Jake Hayes
Jake Hayes
Senior Associate, Solicitor
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Yvonne Stone
Yvonne Stone
Senior Associate, Rechtsanwältin
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Associates

Alice Berkeley
Alice Berkeley
Associate, Solicitor
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Gabriel Wittmann
Gabriel Wittmann
Associate, Rechtsanwalt
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Solicitors

Alban Radivojevic
Alban Radivojevic
Solicitor
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Assistants

Kamila Geremek
Kamila Geremek
Legal Assistant
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Agnieszka Stephenson
Agnieszka Stephenson
Legal Assistant
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Consultants

Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Consultant, Solicitor
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