Intellectual Property

Rogers and Norton's Intellectual Property team deals with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising in connection with Intellectual Property rights.

Intellectual Property

Non-contentious Intellectual Property

The non-contentious side is dealt with by Richard Etheridge. This can be a significant aspect of the negotiation and drafting of business acquisitions and sales, joint ventures and partnerships and other corporate and commercial documentation as well as contracts specifically for the exploitation of Intellectual Property rights.

Our Intellectual Property team has wide ranging experience of dealing with disputes involving intellectual property infringement and the protection of reputation, both personal and business related.

Contentious Intellectual Property

Peter Hastings and Phil Kerridge deal with disputes concerning copyright, design right and trademark infringement and common law passing off, as well as confidential information and non – competition litigation both in the context of employment and commercial conflicts. This includes a number of urgent injunctive cases both with and without prior notice to the Defendant, including evidence protection and asset freezing orders.

Our commercial litigation and dispute resolution team have substantial experience of dealing with copyright infringement cases concerning business literature where the copyright issue is the legal lever in a wider business dispute about product or employee poaching. This has included the successful defence of contempt of Court proceedings arising from the alleged breach of undertakings given to the Court about the content of “similar” business literature.

Peter Hastings and Phil Kerridge have acted on protecting clients’ confidential information to include database protection and confidential information by way of high court injunctions.

We have also acted in connection with defamation and malicious falsehood or trade libel issues – again frequently in the context of wider business disputes where one party is said to be undermining the other’s brand, products or services. Peter also has experience of defamation cases for individuals involving press misreporting of tribunal proceedings.

Recent Cases Include:

  • Anglian Windows Limited v Anglian Roofline Limited [2014] EWHC 4204 (IPEC) – a successful interim injunction application in the IPEC in relation to trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Confidential information Trade secrets / restrictive covenants
  • Copyright
  • Database Protection
  • Defamation / trade libel
  • Design right
  • Employment Covenants and Breach of Confidence
  • Passing off and unregistered trade marks
  • Registered designs
  • Registered trademarks
  • Asset Freezing Orders

What people say

  • Thank you for your most comprehensive response; which both exceeded expectation in content and simultaneously set my own expectation for the future.

    If things do not progress as we expect, we remain greatly reassured that you have a perspective on our situation and a wealth of knowledge upon which we can draw, should the need arise.

    Mr L / Norwich

    Phil Kerridge
  • This has been the fourth time that I have been working with your firm, and you and your colleagues have always been wonderful. I feel supported and safe.

    Client / Norfolk

    Richard Etheridge
  • Thank you very much indeed for your efforts on my behalf at the Court yesterday. You did an excellent job and I am very grateful. The court order that you obtained at very short notice is a source of considerable relief to me.

    Mr. C

    Peter Hastings
  • Thank you for the time and effort you have put in to this – it was important to me to get some form of acknowledgement of what was due.

    Mr A. Norwich

    Peter Hastings
  • Thank you for all your assistance and advice this year on what proved to my eyes a difficult case. Mrs J and I are so relieved above all to get our lives back and we are looking forward to a happy Christmas.

    Mr J.

    Peter Hastings
  • I’m really grateful for the help, support and guidance that Peter gave me throughout the High Court defamation claim, his tenacity and focus meant that I secured a successful outcome quickly and removed the stress and costs that would have been involved.

    Anon.

    Peter Hastings
  • Again – deep appreciation of your help!

    V & N / Norfolk

    Peter Hastings
  • Excellent result – I recommend you anytime !!

    Anon.

    Peter Hastings
  • If I ever need anyone to fight my corner in the Corporate world, you will be the first to hear about it. Very many thanks for your remarkably swift and positive approach to the whole thing.

    Anon.

    Peter Hastings
  • Just a quick e-mail to say how much we appreciate all the hard work you put in on our behalf over the past 10 months on our complicated case, including your help with the Bank and dealing with our opponent. Your efforts were brilliant. I would have caved in if not for you. We are very pleased with the result.

    If we ever have need for a solicitor, we will definitely use yourself/Rogers and Norton and recommend you.

    Anon.

    Peter Hastings
  • Dear Peter

    I think the congratulations should go to you because without your help and guidance I’m not sure that I would have got this far. I was very happy with the result and it definitely allowed me to enjoy my weekend.

    Once again thanks for all your great help and support in reaching a satisfactory conclusion.

    Mr A.

    Peter Hastings

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