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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