Copyright and design

Diverse is the word for Withers’ experience in copyright and design.

The team’s work spans from the exploitation of couture collections to a dispute relating to design rights in warheads. We also represent advertising and design agencies, famous individual designers, software companies, banks and financial services providers, manufacturers, charities, museums, artists, sports stars and musicians.

Our global presence enables us to advise you on the opportunities to monetize your intellectual property and to protect it robustly if required. We advise on the opportunities for commercial exploitation of copyright works and designs: specifically, we act for a number of leading fashion designers on the commercial exploitation of their collections. We have also been consulted by charities that have been given copyright works as legacies.

We help clients protect and enforce copyright via court proceedings, trading standards and commercial channels. Members of the team have acted extensively in copyright and design right infringement proceedings.

It was corporate partner, Anthony Indaimo, who spotted the need to protect Issey Miyake’s groundbreaking Bao Bao bag, after he noticed that fakes were flooding the market in Milan, where the Japanese brand was opening a flagship store. We immediately began working with them to stop the infringement of Issey Miyake’s original design in Europe, the US and Asia.

We acted for 1Malaysia Racing Team in its high-profile £15 million dispute with Force India over allegations of copying, and for the manufacturers of Dr Brown’s baby bottles on an infringement action involving their design rights, copyright, patent and trademarks.

Our London consultant Hugh Devlin, who worked on that deal and the sale of Net-a-Porter by Natalie Massenet, is described by the Legal 500 as ‘an absolute expert in the luxury goods business.’

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Track record

DieselReboot by Diesel

Withers is proud to have represented global Italian retailer Diesel during the launch of their reinventive new brand DieselReboot. During the launch, Withers worked alongside Diesel's newly appointed artistic director Nicola Formichetti and advised on the brand's new aims to 'rediscover and reactive the DNA of Diesel'.

Camera della Moda

Camera della Moda is a non-profit organisation specialising in the promotion and support of the Italian fashion industry and young designers. The organization was challenged about the domain name for their website, and we successfully defended this allowing them to carry on building their online profile. Withers have a long-standing relationship with Camera della Moda, and together we help to support them in brand protection and the IP of the brands they represent.

A leading Italian company

We acted for a leading manufacturer of explosives and specialty chemicals in a long-running dispute over the design rights to multiple warhead systems. In an unusual case, the court had to assess the impact of the alleged infringers’ mental capacity when deciding whether their alleged acts amounted to infringement under the law.

A Singaporean company

Our global reach is particularly helpful to us when acting for clients with international interests, as when we helped a Singapore-based client to enforce its intellectual property rights in the Netherlands. Our client had been subject to false allegations by its Dutch counterpart of IP infringement, which we were able to refute.

Licensing of a new pharmaceutical drug product

Acted for an international pharmaceutical company in an evaluation project for the licensing of a new drug product as well as intellectual property litigation matters.

LG Electronics Inc

Our Singapore team successfully acted for LG Electronics Inc. in a trade mark opposition filed by headphones manufacturer Beats Electronics, LLC against the registration of the mark 'QuadBeat' before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, securing a favourable decision.

French fashion house

We assisted the Italian subsidiary of a renowned French fashion house in relation to the management of their brand under new Patent Box regulations

International beer manufacturer

Advised an international beer manufacturer on trademark infringement in Singapore.

Italian wine manufacturer

Managed the trademark portfolio of a leading Italian wine manufacturer.

Trademark injunction

Obtaining a unique form of injunction in relation to a claim for passing off, whereby the defendant was forbidden from using their own trade name because it had been coupled with our client's well-known brand.

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