Automotive

The systems within vehicles are becoming ever more technical. As connected cars and autonomous vehicles continue to emerge and dominate media and public discourse, an increasing number of new, associated technologies are being developed. Regulatory advances mean that electric vehicles are leading development and industry attention and autonomous vehicles present unparalleled technical and legal challenges as vehicles become more and more connected to their surroundings.

How we can help

More so than ever before, patent, registered design and trade mark protection are vital IP rights for the automotive sector. The sector requires expertise in a broad range of disciplines, including: materials, chemistry, electronics and semiconductors, mechanics, software, telecommunications and user interfaces. Our automotive team has the technical expertise and professional experience to obtain and protect your IP.

Additionally, our automotive team has the legal knowledge and experience to assist you effectively on the complex IP environment which can be created by the increasing need for collaboration within this sector. Electric and autonomous vehicles are driving ever more collaboration and licensing and this can lead to complex questions about the ownership of any IP that is generated as a result of these agreements and can also present due diligence challenges due to the specific statutory limitations on co-ownership of IP. We can help you with the drafting and negotiation of these agreements and advise you on the risks associated with the various forms of IP which may be subject of these agreements.

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Case studies

Case Study

Shanghai Balance Automotive Equipment Co Ltd

Trade mark disputes — keep the faith (and your email records)

When a client’s distributor acted in bad faith, we successfully cancelled its trade marks by working closely with our client and its Chinese counsel.

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Case Study

Geely

Putting the brakes on a trade mark opposition

Find out what happened when we defended Geely Holding Group Co Ltd against a trade mark opposition from Ford Motor Company.

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Case Study

Shanghai Balance Automotive Equipment Co Ltd

Trade mark disputes — keep the faith (and your email records)

When a client’s distributor acted in bad faith, we successfully cancelled its trade marks by working closely with our client and its Chinese counsel.

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Meet our team

Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Cardiff

Dr Martin Neilson

Partner - Leeds

Jonathan Higgs

Senior Patent Attorney - Milton Keynes

Dr Jonathan Morris

Senior Patent Attorney - Milton Keynes

Nicole Cordy

Patent Attorney - Cardiff

Dr Paul Dakers

Patent Assistant - Newcastle

Dr Terence Broderick

Patent Attorney - Cardiff

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