In early January 2019 Waterfront partner, Matthew Harris was added to the London Solicitors Litigation Association list of Supervising Solicitors. Supervising Solicitors are lawyers appointed by the court to supervise the execution of various kinds of “Search Order”. These orders usually require recipients to allow entry to premises to search and seize documents and infringing items. They are often still referred to by the old name of “Anton Piller” orders and were once described by a senior judge as one of the nuclear weapons of English civil law.
Matthew has extensive experience of this area of law have been involved in cases involving orders of this sort both for claimants and defendants in Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong and England. He has also in the past been appointed as a Supervising Solicitor in cases where orders were obtained by Microsoft, Coca Cola, Credit Agricole, GlaxoWelcome and Burberry.
The LSLA’s list is available here.
A recent EU trade mark application for the word mark, PUT PUTIN IN, has been refused by the European Union Intellectual Property Office on the grounds of being contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality. While a fairly straightforward decision, this is a timely reminder…
Late yesterday UK time, it was reported that a lawyer for Twitter had sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg complaining about Meta’s new Threads app. Twitter claimed that it “has serious concerns that Meta Platforms (Meta) has engaged in systematic, wilful and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and other intellectual property”.