Dispute resolution


Our dispute resolution team complements our teams of patent, trade mark and design attorneys by advising on all contentious IP matters in the UK, as well as providing strategies for multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution is a regular part of many of our attorneys’ daily work – our patent attorneys regularly handle complex patent oppositions, whilst our trade mark attorneys are used to dealing with trade mark oppositions, cancellation proceedings and settlements. However, when contentious matters escalate and, in particular, when issues of infringement arise, then our dispute resolution team steps in and advises our clients on how to deal with suspected infringements of their IP rights or accusations of infringement from third parties.

Dealing with infringement of IP rights

The dispute resolution team includes patent, trade mark and design experts covering a wide range of technical backgrounds as well as solicitors specialising in IP.  All members of the team are either qualified solicitors or certified patent agent litigators.

The aim of the dispute resolution team is to resolve IP disputes as smoothly as possible with the best possible outcome for our clients.

IP Litigation – court proceedings

When no resolution is possible, our dispute resolution team is able to handle all aspects of the litigation, including pre-action procedure, alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation), settlements, and the court proceedings themselves.

Specialist IP assistance for solicitors

Many of our attorneys have also been involved in assisting external litigation teams. Our attorneys can provide specialist technical assistance in areas such as prior art searching and the preparation and analysis of expert witness statements.