We are proud to be featured in Chambers 2015 legal directory for intellectual property. And to have both our joint heads of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution, Piers Strickland and Matthew Harris included as notable practitioners.
The Chambers Guides – which have been ranking the best law firms since 1990 – described Waterfront as a “forward-looking boutique set up to cater for SMEs, in particular, software and technology companies providing services to blue-chip corporates.” As well as mentioning our work for larger companies on patent matters.
The guide includes positive comments from Waterfront clients, emphasising our, “friendly, helpful and efficient,” style. One client singled out our pragmatic approach for particular praise, “They very quickly grasped the commercial drivers in the issues referred to them and, without undermining the thoroughness of their work, they ensured that time and costs were focused on factors that would make a difference.”
Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Piers Strickland is recognised as a solicitor advocate specialising in disputes across all core IP rights, with a focus on trade marks and software. Chambers goes on to describe him as “unflappable” and praise his “excellent commercial judgement.” While Matthew Harris who advises on IP-related transactions, commercial agreements, rights management and disputes is appreciated for his, “clarity and straightforward manner”.
Finally, Chambers highlights Waterfront’s work for Dot London, a subsidiary of London & Partners, on the launch and operation of the new ‘.london’ top-level domain name registry and Web Services Integration in a software copyright and breach of contract dispute with Watertrace.
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”.
Copyright litigation proceedings brought in London’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) against John Lewis, and its cartoon dragon ‘Excitable Edgar’, have been dismissed.