Equally at home in arbitration and mediation proceedings as in full-blown global disputes, we are experienced in advising clients on the suitability of mediation, expert adjudication, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
We always seek to recommend a commercial solution where we are able, so that lengthy and potentially costly proceedings are avoided to the extent possible.
We handle complex intellectual property disputes relating to IP ownership, patent, design and trade mark licencing issues, infringement and validity in all technical fields.
As a firm of solicitors and intellectual property attorneys we are able to put together the right team to resolve your dispute using alternative dispute resolution methods, with close attention to the bespoke needs of your business.
As an appointed independent and experienced third party, our mediators are able to facilitate out-of-court agreements in disputes concerning all IP-related areas, including patent licences, patent, trade mark, and design disputes, joint venture and ownership disputes.
We offer the skills of alternative dispute resolution group accredited mediators in civil and commercial mediation.
We have found arbitration, whether by means of a third party arbitrator or arbitration panel, to be a particularly effective process for addressing IP disputes with a technical subject matter. This is also a sound approach for clients seeking a confidential or contractually driven decision outside of the courts.
Where consensus between parties using ADR processes is not possible, we are able to litigate for clients in the UK and Germany, and to advise clients in, and co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional disputes involving courts in Europe, Asia and the US and across a wide range of industries and technical disciplines.Read more
We acted for a client in the entertainment sector in complex trade mark infringement proceedings before the High Court. The case included arguments around threats, infringement, revocation and acquiescence. The case ultimately settled following mediation.
Ad hoc arbitration
Members of our team have acted in number of UK ad hoc arbitrations of patent infringement and invalidity disputes in the field of materials science, under bespoke dispute resolution agreements and procedures.
We have acted for a client in an ICC arbitration concerning a patent and know-how licence agreement relating to nanotechnology. Settlement was achieved without the matter needing to proceed to a final award.
Arbitration in Germany
We advised a third party intervener in ICC arbitration proceedings with seat in Switzerland and German substantive law with regard to a patent and know-how license and service agreement for gas turbines, including the defence against requested interim relief.