Bristows has a long established portfolio management practice, fully integrated with the firm’s leading IP litigation practice, in order to provide a “one-stop shop” on all aspects of brand development, protection, exploitation and enforcement.
We have a wealth of experience in handling and managing worldwide IP portfolios, conducting clearance programmes, advising in relation to contentious registry proceedings and conducting settlement discussions to resolve disputes.
We handle brands throughout their entire lifecycle, from the point of inception to protection, enforcement, monitoring, ownership changes, renewal and maintenance.
We have represented clients in all forums, ranging from opposition proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Intellectual Property Office, through to litigation in the higher courts (up to and including the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg).
Multi-jurisdictional brand management
Our brands group manages worldwide trade mark and design portfolios, together with its international network of leading brands lawyers.
Our dedicated brands management team handles all aspects of trade marks and design portfolio management including clearance searches, prosecution and registration, opposition proceedings and general portfolio management. We manage UK, EU and global trade mark and design portfolios for a wide range of clients. We provide comprehensive, market relevant advice on the management of IP rights and provide strategic advice to maximise and protect our clients’ IP rights.
As well as managing entire portfolios, we also assist many of our clients who have their own dedicated in-house IP teams during times of peak demand, with advice on freedom to operate and complex contentious matters. We also routinely provide second opinions on a range of trade mark and design issues – this is particularly the case when matters become contentious. Further, in the event of litigation, we have unparalleled skills and reputation to represent clients in any litigation forum from the High Court to the CJEU.
Our clients range from multinational household names to small start-ups and they seek our advice and assistance on protecting and extracting value from their most valuable assets – their brands, their reputation, their inventions, ideas and designs.