Intellectual Property

Globalisation and the growth of the digital economy have brought the significance of intellectual property (IP) into the spotlight like never before.

We help our clients to protect, preserve and enforce their IP rights and advise them on exploiting their assets for the benefit of their businesses. From litigation against patent trolls to software copyright analysis and licensing, our IP lawyers help our clients to maximise the value of their IP, both in the UK and internationally.

We advise clients from a range of sectors, including publishers, technology houses and manufacturing, as well as local authorities, consultants and a number of high-profile sports personalities.

Our experience in IP law and procedure includes:

  • Copyright – advising on licensing, protection options, effective exercise/exploitation of copyright and provision of content. Our work has included media copyright, such as entertainment material and technical copyright, such as computer software
  • Confidential information/secrets – advising clients on including appropriate contract terms to protect confidentiality, stand-alone non-disclosure agreements for individual projects and the practicalities of know-how protection
  • Designs and patents – advising clients on protecting innovation and options for registration of their rights with the necessary authorities
  • Trade marks and brands – advising clients on brand protection and managing client trade mark registrations and portfolios, as well as enforcement of branding rights, including comparative advertising and domain name issues
  • Image rights
  • Corporate transactions – working closely with our corporate teams on transactions where IP rights are affected, including appropriate due diligence investigations

If you have any questions or queries please call Eddie on +44 (0)20 3036 7362 or email

“IP lawyer Eddie Powell successfully defended The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra in a trade mark and passing-off dispute with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.”

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Fladgate LLP handles soft IP litigation across the media and sports sectors, with particular expertise in publishing and e-publishing. The team also advises on data protection and security, e-commerce, digital media and social media. It acted for Monster Energy on a number of marketing and advertising campaigns. Digital Cinema Media, Odeon Cinemas and Parkway Cinemas are also clients. IP, technology and commercial specialist Eddie Powell heads the team. James Earl, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in 2016, leads the sports group; corporate lawyer David Robinson handles capital markets and M&A in the technology and publishing sectors. Commercial lawyer Alan Wetterhahn is also noted.

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IP lawyer Eddie Powell successfully defended The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra in a trade mark and passing-off dispute with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

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The “highly competent” publishing team at Fladgate LLP “understands the industry and provides practical advice”.  The team is commended for their “proactive, reliable support”.

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  • Eddie Irvine – acting for F1 driver Eddie Irvine in his successful image rights litigation against Talksport arising out of the unauthorised use of his image in an advertisement.
  • Headspace Meditation Ltd – Headspace markets the world’s leading guided meditation app for smartphones. We have acted for it in managing its brand protection programme, negotiating co-existence arrangements and taking infringement actions.
  • The Random House Group Limited – advising on the acquisition of the majority shareholding in BBC Books from BBC Worldwide Ltd for an undisclosed sum. The transaction involved, as well as corporate acquisition issues, the negotiation of a long-term licence option agreement relating to publication rights for future BBC programmes, which dealt with convergence and “enriched content” issues.
  • Black & White Franchising – acting for the master franchisees of a series of brands connected with the leading chef Marco Pierre White, and assisting with branding issues and rolling out the franchise concept to restaurants nationwide.
  • Ocado – acting for leading online supermarket Ocado in relation to brand protection matters. We have obtained protection for the new branding for their pet supply operation “FETCH”.
  • Tegometall AG – Tegometall manufacture market leading clothing units for shop displays. They have suffered in the past from their brand being used in a generic sense and to sell inferior competing products. We were asked by Tegometall to help them to identify potential infringements, set up track purchases, a programme of writing to infringers and to bring a number of cases to court.
  • Sycamore UK Ltd – trade mark matters in relation to their successful BIG WIPES consumer product. We have obtained protection for their brand in the UK and across the EU.
  • The Random House Group Limited – advising on a worldwide partnership with Virgin Books to develop the Virgin Books brand on a global platform. Key features of the deal include the acquisition of 90% of Virgin Books by Random House and worldwide use of the Virgin brand in the field of book, audio and digital publishing.
  • Sahara Force India Formula One Team – High Court proceedings against Aerolab, Team Lotus F1 and three additional parties relating to alleged copyright infringement, misuse of confidential material and infringement of unregistered design rights in connection with the design of a Formula 1 car.