Retail

To thrive in today’s hyper-competitive, digital age, retailers with a physical presence need to make their stores relevant and the customer experience enjoyable. Demanding consumers means that the digital space is just as important, with online sales now accounting for nearly a fifth of all retail sales. It has never been easier to shop and retailers need to exploit this opportunity, embrace omnichannel and get their brands noticed.

Client Testimonial
“Alison Cole and Edith Penty Geraets listened, advised and then delivered on the correct design certificates for my new toy product. Alison was so knowledgeable on the options open to me. I now feel protected from copying in the UK marketplace. UDL offers a smooth and efficient service. I would most definitely use its services again. I have been so happy with the service I am beyond words really.”

Owner, Surefire Products

How we can help

The power of social media means that, with just one tag, retweet or like, today’s brands can become global overnight. Your IP protection needs to be in place before launch. When a new trend is popular, it’s guaranteed that counterfeit or inferior copies will follow. Investing in trade mark, design or patent protection is therefore vital.

Regardless of size, brands must protect IP globally and in a timely manner. Our work covers the entire supply chain, from primary producer through to end retailer. We advise on a number of different areas from patenting new production processes to trade marking and product infringement.

Whether you’re an independent firm or a large enterprise, in the digital age, your risk of infringement and passing-off is higher than ever. We know how valuable a product or design can be, and the damage that can be caused by competitors stealing your ideas. We truly understand IP in the consumer space and our expert team is well-equipped to advise you at all stages of gaining IP protection and enforcing your rights.

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Case Studies

Case Study

Mr Bingo

A full house for Mr Bingo

We found a creative, alternative way to resolve a copyright infringement dispute using the power of Instagram.

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Case Study

Regent’s University London

Protecting a brand against an aggressive claimant

An aggressive approach to legal action doesn’t always work out well, as one University discovered by having its trade mark rights revoked.

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Case Study

Escape Fitness

The advantage of combining design and patent protection

If you spot a competitor selling a product identical to your own and you have both design and patent protection, you can take immediate legal action.

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Blogs

Trade marks

20-12-2018

Christmas trade mark troubles — how could Santa protect his image?

Santa's fed up of people exploiting his image each year. What IP rights and options does he have?

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IP tips

26-11-2018

Five key considerations when protecting IP in China

There are many unique challenges when it comes to registering IP in China.

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Trade marks

15-11-2018

Black Friday™ — infringing the trade mark of a retail phenomenon

There's a trade mark for the term 'Black Friday' in Germany. So can you use it without infringing?

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Key people

Find out more about our team.

Leeds

Leeds

Akber Ahmed

Trade Mark Assistant

Leeds

Alan Fiddes

Managing Partner

London

Alison Cole

Senior Trade Mark Attorney

London

Alison Simpson

Managing Partner

London

Anna Szpek

Senior Trade Mark Attorney

Cardiff

Annabel Hanratty

Trade Mark Attorney

Milton Keynes

Dr Christine Lund-Beck

Senior Trade Mark Attorney

London

Christopher Banister

Trade Mark Attorney

Newcastle

London

Mark Green

Partner

Cardiff

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