At any one time, the firm has several highly complex assignment projects in hand, usually associated with the sale or acquisition by a client of an entire business.
The founding Directors have extensive expertise in technology transfer and the firm has considerable experience in licensing for large corporate entities in the paperboard and packaging fields, and for SMEs in the medical equipment and medical prosthesis fields.
We have a client who has a number of retail stores in the UK (and elsewhere in Europe and US) and also a thriving online business. The online business sells all over the world and, in particular, has sold for several years some products to customers in Australia.
The quantity is not huge, but it has been selling for a few years and is growing and has a reputation in Australia. Recently it was discovered that someone else had applied to register virtually the same trade mark as our client's brand in Australia. Our client has never filed for trade mark registration in Australia, although they have done so in many other countries.
Had the trade mark application by the other party proceeded to registration, it may have made our client's sales to Australia very difficult, if not impossible, as would further expansion there. We found out about the application when it was published for opposition purposes as we had set up a trade mark watch for the client's benefit.
We immediately filed our own trade mark application and negotiated with the other side to get an assignment of their application to us for a price that was less than the cost of filing an opposition to their registration, which we would have otherwise had to do.