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When the need arises to safeguard your intellectual property - often a critical business asset - swift action from an experienced legal team is a must.

Our intellectual property specialists and chartered trademark and design attorneys has expertise in disputes relating to trade marks, passing off, patents, copyright, confidential information and domain name issues. We act for a range of clients including SMEs, Plcs, NHS Trusts and public bodies.

Most importantly we have strong relationships with leading overseas law firms, enabling us to provide top quality expertise through one point of contact when dealing with cases involving an international element. We also regularly deal with applications for emergency injunctive relief.

Safeguard your business intelligence through our specialist team. We’re here to help.

Our experience
  • Advising an IT company in a software copyright infringement claim, securing a successful settlement ultimately by negotiation
  • Acting for a company in the oil and gas sector in a multi-million pound international dispute relating to patent infringement. The dispute concerned entitlement to a European patent and proceedings were issued in a number of foreign jurisdictions
  • Defending a major packaging manufacturer against claims of alleged infringement of registered and unregistered design rights
  • Acting for a large technology PLC on potential disputes relating to domain names and registered trademarks.
  • Acting for a software supplier in a claim for copyright infringement arising from the alteration of file structures to assist data migration from a legacy system.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in relation to alleged breach of Licence claims and threatened termination of key IT services.
  • Acting for a US packaging supplier on issues around ownership of IPR and recovery of world-wide sales by a UK based company.ju

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Peter Hornsey

Partner | Head of Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3314

+44 (0)792 149 8908

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Robert Glassford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3313

+44 (0)752 522 4545

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Tim Toomey

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3317

+44 (0)773 802 8207

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What people say

  • Detailed knowledge of subject matter, willingness to assist discrete tasks and push progress, organized summaries and risk analysis.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • The Ward Hadaway LLP team comprises specialist partners in a broad range of sector disciplines. Partners are supported by efficient, professional support teams. Client communication at all levels and via all media forms is exceptional. Impressive IT support, especially client collaborative hubs

    Legal 500
  • Bill Goodwin is excellent. A pleasure to work with and very helpful.

    Legal 500
  • Very knowledgeable and capable of deploying intellectual insight in a practical and efficient way.

    Legal 500
  • Bill Goodwin is great at giving a balanced view, but then making a judgement call and actually directing us down a certain path. We appreciate his openness, professionalism, friendly manner and also his flexible working times, which are very helpful.

    Legal 500
  • The IP team at Ward Hadaway LLP are very entrepreneurial and get behind businesses they believe in.

    Legal 500
  • My main point of contact is Ian McCombie. I think he has very sound legal judgment and commercial nous. I think he gives clients confidence that he understands their cases fully and can hatch an intelligent strategy to see the case through to the end.

    Legal 500
  • Strong suite of IP Lawyers, who have shown willingness to be flexible to our needs, as a medium-sized business

    Legal 500
  • Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.

    Legal 500

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