IP litigation can be both technically and legally complex, and involve some of the most valuable assets of a business. It is often multi-jurisdictional, which brings additional challenges.

As a firm of specialist solicitors and intellectual property attorneys, we are able to combine the complementary skills of both professions to provide clients with a first-class and cost-effective service to resolve their patent, design, trade mark, copyright, unfair competition and other IP-related disputes (such as those involving confidential information). We are accustomed to acting for rights holders as well as alleged infringers, in relation to infringement and invalidity actions, as well as actions for declaratory relief.

European litigation expertise

Our solicitors, rechtsanwälte, patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys have extensive expertise in acting in disputes and litigation in relation to the full range of IP rights (be it patents, supplementary protection certificates, trade marks, designs, copyright or confidential information).

We handle UK cases cases in the High Court (Chancery Division), the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and UK Intellectual Property Office.

In Germany we are experienced in representing clients in the German infringement courts in first instance and appellate proceedings, the German Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht) and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt).

Multi-jurisdictional litigation management

We are experienced in advising clients in, and co-ordinating, multi-jurisdictional disputes involving courts in Europe, Asia and the United States. We work with and manage local advisers in the context of IP matters and have good relationships with a number of excellent firms around the world. We are also experienced in handling IP issues in an international arbitration context.

Technical experience

Our technical expertise spans all industry sectors including biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, business and finance, creative, entertainment, hospitality and media, consumer, luxury and fashion goods, electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer technology and physics.

World Trademark Review Trademark Litigation 2022: A Global Guide

The D Young & Co litigation team have written the UK chapter of the World Trademark Review "Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2022". The guide is a simple, easy-to-use digest of the fundamentals of litigation practice in key jurisdictions. The guide can be viewed in full using the link below.

TM litigation guide

Unified Patent Court

We have been closely involved in the development of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) such that we are intimately familiar with its framework, procedures and jurisdictional arrangements. When it comes into being, patent litigation in the Unified Patent Court will place a strong emphasis on written technical statements of case along with important evidential requirements and procedures.

We will be able to offer a broad choice and availability of representation in all divisions of the UPC and our patent attorneys are particularly well placed to assist clients in this new European patent litigation forum.

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  • Case Study

    Multi-jurisdiction litigation & EPO opposition proceedings

    Members of our team acted in complex "clear the path” revocation proceedings in the pharmaceutical and biologicals field, including co-ordinating multi-jurisdiction litigation and EPO opposition proceedings. Technologies involved included formulation, process chemistry, crystal forms, viral characterisation, vaccines and combination therapy.

  • Case Study

    Representing clients at the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

    Members of our team have represented many claimants and defendants before the IPEC. Examples of clients members of our team have advised before the court are: an SME in firefighting technology seeking a declaration of non-infringement and invalidity in relation to a patent for water abrasive cutting tools; an SME in relation to its defence of a claim for design right infringement in relation to furniture; an SME defending a claim for passing off in relation to a website; a manufacturer and designer of on-board payload control and overload protection systems for commercial vehicles and aircraft in relation to a patent infringement and revocation action; issuing proceedings against defendants who had imported counterfeit watches into the UK; and defending a Swiss conglomerate in relation to an allegation of patent infringement for a plastic enclosure.

TM Litigation Guide World TM Review
TM Litigation Guide World TM Review
D Young & Co succeeds in delivering high-quality, cost-effective prosecution and litigation, while maintaining an attentive and responsive client service.
World Trademark Review 1000
Recommended for 'superb service and excellent value for money' in IP litigation, IP firm D Young & Co LLP attracts praise for its 'industry knowledge' and 'friendly, down-to-earth, yet very professional nature'.
Legal 500
We work and have worked closely in particular with Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid. They stand out because of their very personal touch in handling matters.
Legal 500
Few firms are as well equipped as this one to handle complex and multifaceted brand-related issues.
World Trademark Review 1000
Its contentious and prosecution practices operate seamlessly and have been successful for years.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
The litigation and prosecution practices dovetail neatly, giving clients the benefit of joined-up thinking on every question.
World Trademark Review 1000
D Young & Co’s killer USP is its seamless integration of trademark attorney and legal teams; clients can one-stop shop here with supreme confidence.
World Trademark Review 1000
Bold advocacy in support of our company's interests, with a finely honed sense of what is achievable in the real world.
World Trademark Review 1000
They are exceptionally effective and will surpass your expectations.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
It is now seven years since D Young & Co established its litigation practice and given its fabulous list of clients, it is not surprising that it has been a successful endeavour thus far.
World Trademark Review 1000
Reliably outstanding performance.
World Trademark Review 1000
The team members are highly responsive, very professional, very knowledgeable while being nice and fun people to work with. They know their clients and their preferences and manage to provide tailored advice every time around.
Legal 500
Home to a flourishing disputes practice and as such represents one of the more successful marriages between filing and litigation.
World Trademark Review 1000
The group impresses with its powerful UK and European opposition and appeal practice and complementary litigation offering.
The team has a high-quality, proactive and client-friendly approach.
Legal 500
Recommended for contentious proceedings, and also has patent litigation solicitors in-house.
Chambers
D Young’s contentious arm has been going from strength to strength, and now provides the perfect opportunity for prosecution clients to consolidate their work into one neat package.
IAM Patent 1000
It is a very reliable resource, with great strength in depth on both prosecution and litigation, and the level of its service is simply excellent.
World Trademark Review 1000
Explains situation in plain English, lots of experience, friendly.
Legal 500
The team recorded a number of wins in 2016 for well-known brands in proceedings before the UK IPO and EUIPO.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
They are very responsive and efficient and understand clients’ needs well. They give us access to efficient collaborative tools which make it easier to handle international cases.
Legal 500
The practice covers all key IP areas and manages to provide comprehensive and in-depth legal advice which is tailored to the client’s needs and preferences. The legal analysis is top-notch while still managing to remain pragmatic and business oriented.
Legal 500
D Young & Co’s trade mark team is highly pragmatic – they balance genuine commercial understanding with impeccable knowledge of the law. Their advice is always direct, to the point and well judged.
Legal 500
Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid assist us in trade mark and design matters. They are among the best we have dealt with in the UK. Always approachable and friendly with a clear focus also on the commercial side of the matter.
Legal 500
D Young & Co offers clients a full IP law service, hosting solicitors as well as patent and trade mark attorneys, and it is the first firm to acquire legal disciplinary status (LDP).
Chambers
D Young & Co’s killer USP is its seamless integration of trademark attorney and legal teams.
World Trademark Review 1000
Brand owners come not only for matters of domestic consequence, but also for its dexterous coordination of multi-jurisdictional disputes in Europe.
World Trademark Review 1000
The group's clients benefit from the combined attorney and solicitor teams and increasingly instruct the practice for contentious matters, in particular opposition proceedings before the UKIPO, including appeals before the Appointed Person, the EUIPO and the German trade mark and patent office.
Legal 500
The trailblazing move [to recruit solicitors] has equipped the firm to provide persuasive one-stop service to a cadre of prestigious household name.
World Trademark Review 1000

Meet the team

Partners

Anthony Albutt
Anthony Albutt
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jana Bogatz
Jana Bogatz
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Dick
Matthew Dick
Partner, Solicitor
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Kirk Gallagher
Kirk Gallagher
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Tamsin Holman
Tamsin Holman
Partner, Solicitor
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Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Neil Nachshen
Neil Nachshen
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Simon O'Brien
Simon O'Brien
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Partner, Solicitor
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Senior Associates

Yvonne Stone
Yvonne Stone
Senior Associate, Rechtsanwältin
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Associates

Nigel Lee
Nigel Lee
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys, Rechtsanwälte & Solicitors

Kamila Geremek
Kamila Geremek
Solicitor
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Agnieszka Stephenson
Agnieszka Stephenson
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Assistants

Sophia Karim
Sophia Karim
Legal Assistant
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Consultants

Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Consultant, Solicitor
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Richard Willoughby
Richard Willoughby
Consultant, Solicitor
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