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Copyright & Design Rights

Our copyright & design rights team advises on ownership and infringement

Our copyright & design rights team provides clients with practical advice to ensure their ownership of copyright and unregistered designs in the works and materials created by their employees or sub-contractors. We also advise on associated licensing, assignment and exploitation of rights. We have extensive experience of advising on infringement and, in the case of registered designs, the validity and revocation of rights.

Our intellectual property lawyers advise across an array of industry sectors including media, telecommunications, hospitality, transport, oil & gas and FMCG.

Our Copyright & Design Rights Work

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  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • Copyright in boat fenders

    Defending an Australian client against an allegation by a UK company of infringement of copyright in the design of fenders for pilot boats. 

    United Kingdom

    Copyright in integrated chips for vocoders

    Acting for a US-based client in asserting copyright, trade mark and patent rights in plug-and-play devices (with integrated chips) for voice recording and synthesis against counterfeit devices being distributed in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

    United Kingdom

    Copyright issues arising from the monitoring of television viewing

    Advising our client on potential issues of copyright infringement arising from its software for analysing the viewing habits of tv and video-on-demand customers.

    United Kingdom

    Design dispute concerning jewellery

    Defending our client from allegations of infringement of two EU registered designs for jewellery, as well as passing off, brought by a well-known US fashion house by demonstrating that the designs were invalid as giving the same overall impression as articles that were well-known at their filing date.

    United Kingdom

    Design dispute concerning plastic containers

    We defended a leading UK manufacturer and supplier to supermarkets of containers for ready-meals against allegations of infringement of multiple unregistered design rights and countered explaining the independent derivation of the designs from commonplace household articles. 

    United Kingdom

    Protection of copyright and designs in online gambling software

    Advising an Asian-Pacific gaming company, with new UK subsidiary, on protecting its copyright in the software for new games (and registering those rights) and protecting various character icons through trade marks as well as unregistered designs.  We also advised on the patentability of its new gaming concepts.

    United Kingdom

    Advising a global food manufacturer on copyright issues

    Advising a global manufacturer of food products on copyright, trade mark, registered design issues both globally and across the region.

    United Arab Emirates

    Copyright ownership for a leading non-profit organisation

    Advising a leading non-profit organisation on the ownership of copyright and other IP in works generated by employees, consultants, and contractors, in addition to counseling clients on joint copyright ownership and commercialisation issues and preparing related contractual agreements.

    United Arab Emirates

    Multi-jurisdictional copyright advice for a web services provider

    Counselling a leading web services provider on local copyright right law and practice in relation to the introduction of novel web-based services and content in multiple jurisdictions in the MENA region.

    United Arab Emirates

    National content digitisation project advice

    Counselling a Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) entity on a national content digitisation project and implications under local and international copyright law.

    United Arab Emirates
  • Copyright ownership for a leading non-profit organisation

    Advising a leading non-profit organisation on the ownership of copyright and other IP in works generated by employees, consultants, and contractors, in addition to counseling clients on joint copyright ownership and commercialisation issues and preparing related contractual agreements.

    United Arab Emirates

    Multi-jurisdictional copyright advice for a web services provider

    Counselling a leading web services provider on local copyright right law and practice in relation to the introduction of novel web-based services and content in multiple jurisdictions in the MENA region.

    United Arab Emirates

    National content digitisation project advice

    Counselling a Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) entity on a national content digitisation project and implications under local and international copyright law.

    United Arab Emirates

    Advising a global food manufacturer on copyright issues

    Advising a global manufacturer of food products on copyright, trade mark, registered design issues both globally and across the region.

    United Arab Emirates

    Regional broadcaster copyright exception advice

    Advising a major GCC broadcaster in relation to its ability to rely on the copyright exceptions under UAE law and across the region in order to use third party content and broadcasts in its programmes, in particular in relation to showing sports highlights.

    United Arab Emirates
  • Copyright in boat fenders

    Defending an Australian client against an allegation by a UK company of infringement of copyright in the design of fenders for pilot boats. 

    United Kingdom

    Copyright issues arising from the monitoring of television viewing

    Advising our client on potential issues of copyright infringement arising from its software for analysing the viewing habits of tv and video-on-demand customers.

    United Kingdom

    Copyright in integrated chips for vocoders

    Acting for a US-based client in asserting copyright, trade mark and patent rights in plug-and-play devices (with integrated chips) for voice recording and synthesis against counterfeit devices being distributed in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

    United Kingdom

    Design dispute concerning jewellery

    Defending our client from allegations of infringement of two EU registered designs for jewellery, as well as passing off, brought by a well-known US fashion house by demonstrating that the designs were invalid as giving the same overall impression as articles that were well-known at their filing date.

    United Kingdom

    Design dispute concerning plastic containers

    We defended a leading UK manufacturer and supplier to supermarkets of containers for ready-meals against allegations of infringement of multiple unregistered design rights and countered explaining the independent derivation of the designs from commonplace household articles. 

    United Kingdom

    Protection of copyright and designs in online gambling software

    Advising an Asian-Pacific gaming company, with new UK subsidiary, on protecting its copyright in the software for new games (and registering those rights) and protecting various character icons through trade marks as well as unregistered designs.  We also advised on the patentability of its new gaming concepts.

    United Kingdom

Our Copyright & Design team

Scott Bertschi
Scott Bertschi

Partner

Ralph Cox
Ralph Cox

Partner

Mark Devaney
Mark Devaney

Partner

James Holmes
James Holmes

Partner

Chris Williams
Chris Williams

Partner

Mark Williamson
Mark Williamson

Partner

Joycia Young
Joycia Young

Partner

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