Brands

Growing brands through every stage of a product’s lifecycle.

Our clients include some of the world's leading multinationals with brand portfolios that extend into food and drink, personal care, household goods, consumer electronics and fashion.

We advise on every stage of a product's lifecycle, from research and development, brand and design protection and regulatory compliance through to licensing, marketing and dispute resolution. We also routinely advise FMCG clients on corporate transactions, real estate and tax issues.

Consumer brands & fashion

Consumer brands & fashion

We regularly advise leading consumer brands, designers and retailers on how they can best protect, manage and exploit their brands, designs, trade marks and copyrights.

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Industrial markets

Industrial markets

Industrial markets covers a wide and diverse range of businesses, but these businesses still face similar commercial and legal challenges, particularly in challenging economic climates and with increasing pressures on global supply chains.

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Life sciences

Life sciences

We regularly advise some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical and life sciences companies on the protection of what is one of their most valuable assets, their brands, as well as on developing copyright and database rights issues relating to the protection and exploitation of valuable data.

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Media, Entertainment & Sport

Media, Entertainment & Sport

We bring our extensive knowledge and passion for these sectors to offer end-to-end support for our clients on all aspects of the registration, protection and exploitation of their brands and intellectual property rights.

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Technology

Technology

Technology is a significant aspect of virtually all business nowadays, whether it is being created and deployed as a product or service, or harnessed and adapted to digitally transform businesses and disrupt markets. This is something that excites us and something that we love about our job.

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What others say

“Bristows is a class act when it comes to all areas of intellectual property. Its team bring a broad range of experience and are always on hand to answer questions; they are very responsive and highly skilled.”

WTR 1000 2024

“Bristows has a widely experienced team providing support to their clients on complex matters. Their ability to provide support on sophisticated matters is exquisite.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“They are knowledgeable and up to date with the fast-changing laws related to social media and the various platforms, and able to appropriately and adeptly guide clients in this industry.”

Chambers and Partners 2024

“They run their cases like a boutique firm, but with the resources and strategic thinking of a larger firm. Their approach is continuously mindful of the specific needs of the case.”

Legal 500 2024

“Excellent knowledge of trade mark law and how that applies to practical commercial situations.”

Legal 500 2023

“The team has demonstrable capability across a range of sectors, including the publishing, food and beverage, health, hospitality, fashion and retail industries.”

Legal 500 2023

“Bristows LLP’s fully integrated team of attorneys and solicitors handles the full range of trade mark mandates, from brand creation with clearance searches to brand protection and global portfolio management, as well as opposition proceedings before the UKIPO and cancellation actions.”

Legal 500 2023

“With their wealth of experience, most questions can be handled with a quick call.”

Legal 500 2023

“I value the practical nature of the advice the team gives.”

Legal 500 2023

“A renowned expert on issues arising around advertising and brand protection.”

Legal 500 2023

“Bristows is a unique top-tier law firm for IP work in the UK.”

MIP IP Stars 2022

“They are proactively collaborative and clear communicators.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“There is pragmatism to the advice you get from Bristows and an efficiency to the way they work; they are great problem solvers.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“They know how judges are likely to react, are good at negotiating and know the industry well.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“Built on relationships and expertise gained over decades working at the cutting edge of brands and technology, the team excels where others falter.”

Legal 500 2022

“The team is well versed in advising on high-stakes complex matters, often involving global trade mark portfolios and a high number of opposition and cancellation proceedings.”

Legal 500 2022

“The key strengths of the team are the individuals that comprise it.”

Legal 500 2022

“They are a superb and highly talented intellectual property team: highly knowledgeable, innovative and skilled.”

Legal 500 2022

“Probably unmatched deepness of the team, very hands on in handling and coordinating multijurisdictional matters, very experienced in complex trade mark litigation matters.”

Legal 500 2022

“As soon as we had appointed Bristows a huge weight was lifted off our shoulders as we knew we were in the best hands and would recommend them to anyone in a copyright dispute.”

Legal 500 2022

“The team has exceptional capabilities in trade mark litigation.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows’ team are truly the sum of their parts and when every team member is exceptional at what they do, you really can’t get better.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows advice is always creative and action is taken promptly.”

WTR 1000 2021

“Bristows combines significant technical expertise and knowledge of local and overseas experts with a client-friendly approach.”

WTR 1000 2021

“Supreme expertise in contentious patent, trade mark, designs and copyright matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Advice provided is clear and concise.”

Legal 500 2021

“They are trusted advisers.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows LLP continues to excel in brand management trade mark matters.”

Legal 500 2021

“Handling complicated technical aspects extremely well with a very practical commercial view.”

Legal 500 2021

Recent ranking and awards

Intellectual Property - Band 1

Intellectual Property: Law Firms with Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys (Spotlight)

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design - Tier 1

Media: Digital Content & Social - Tier 1

Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Copyright and Design - Tier 1

Intellectual Property - Band 1

Trade Mark Contentious - Tier 1

Trade Mark Prosecution - Tier 1

Copyright- Tier 1

Gold

UK Trade Mark Law Firm of the Year

Brand Management - Tier 1

UK Trademark Contentious

Advertising & Marketing

Trademark Litigation

Trademark Prosecution

UK Design Firm of the Year

UK Trade Mark Litigation Firm of the Year

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