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Amy is an Associate Solicitor based in our Leeds office, specialising in a variety of intellectual property and commercial litigation work.
She has experience in dispute resolution relating to all types of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, design rights, copyright and passing off.
“The dispute between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC should highlight the importance of ownership of trade marks and IP rights more generally. This is a great example of how powerful a trade mark can be and businesses, with some foresight, should identify potentially valuable brands and apply to register trade marks for them as soon as possible.”
“When negotiating an employment contract and/or reviewing terms, always consider IP provisions and whether the employee/employer owns any IP rights that could cause problems for either party in the future.
“Third party ownership of players has already been banned from FIFA, due to the complications it brings and the fact it creates conflicts of interest, we wonder if football managers and/or players alike we become more IP savvy and will ensure that they own trade marks for their names."
“The latest high profile judgment in China has ruled in favour of Xintong Tiandi taking a bite out of Apple’s IPHONE trade mark portfolio.
“It underlines the need for businesses to consider their branding strategy very carefully and to look strategically at not only core items sold at the time of filing but also what the business might sell in the short to medium term.
It also emphasises that businesses operating in China, should take specialist advice before launching proceedings. Businesses can’t assume that just because they have a well-known trade mark in their local market that it will automatically get the same protection in China without the right IP rights underpinning it.”
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