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Protecting your business in IP disputes 

If IP disputes arise, we aim to focus on achieving the best possible results for our clients, while effectively balancing cost against potential outcomes.

No one wants to become embroiled in a complex or costly IP dispute, but sometimes the stakes are so high that they become unavoidable. If this happens, you have the reassurance of knowing that Deacons will act to protect you in IP enforcement or high-stakes litigation. Deacons was a pioneer among large general practice firms when it began doing IP litigation in the mid-1970s. The award-winning Deacons IP Litigation team has acted in a broad array of IP matters ranging from patent and designs, trade mark, passing off, company names infringement, copyright, trade secrets and confidential information and has won many high profile leading cases. 

As infringers become more sophisticated and international, IP rights owners need to be more proactive and innovative in their battle against counterfeiters. Deacons has decades of experience in advising on anti-counterfeiting strategies and co-ordinating and implementing regional and international investigations and enforcement programmes. We are aware that different approaches must be taken to address different types of infringement and we work closely with investigators, local authorities, customs and other enforcement agencies to achieve practical and cost-effective results for our clients.   

Our experienced lawyers will help you avoid costly litigation if it can be avoided, and if it can’t, we will fight tenaciously to protect your assets and interests. Our experience in China also puts us in an advantageous position in formulating effective cross-border enforcement strategies.

Recent examples of our work include:

  • Acting for Hong Kong’s largest coffee and tea distributor on a trade mark infringement matter;
  • Acting for the Hong Kong subsidiary of an international listed company in copyright infringement and breach of confidence proceedings against two of its employees for stealing its client database;
  • Acting for a well-known international luxury brand in a trade mark infringement and passing off action against a member of the founder's family, who had used the brand name in connection with a new business;
  • Assisting a well-known Japanese electronics manufacturer against a major counterfeit ring covering China, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong;
  • Assisting an iconic fashion and cosmetics brand in a trade mark infringement action against a large Korean cosmetics company;
  • Assisting a world industry leader in high-performance sports optics in a complex trade mark enforcement program in China including conducting administrative actions through the AIC and Customs and dealing with online complaints relating to a popular e-commerce website in China;
  • Advising a well-known US organisation in relation to online copyright infringement in China against a local website;
  • Advising a world leading advertising company in relation to the alleged copyright infringement in China of a musical work by a French composer involving an advertisement for a famous mobile phone brand;
  • Advising and administrating a trademark enforcement program in China in relation to wireless technology.

Please take a look at our intellectual property pages for more on the range of work we undertake. And if you would like more information on how we can help you, please feel free to get in touch.

Enforcement & Litigation SERVICES