Intellectual property

Whether you are a rapidly expanding technology business, a luxury fashion brand, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer or a talented individual in the world of sport, art or entertainment, you cannot afford to neglect your intellectual property rights.

In today’s highly competitive global market, identifying these rights and controlling their exploitation and protection can be the difference between success and failure. We advise on every stage of the development and life cycle of rights such as patents, copyright, trademarks and database and design rights – from creation to enforcement.

Understanding your world

What sets us apart is our understanding of the world in which you operate. To give just two examples of many, one of our London partners has previously worked as in-house counsel for Microsoft and Expedia, while a partner in Milan spent many years at Valentino and is closely involved with the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana on the representation of Italian fashion brands. We understand your business, and it is a point of pride for us to act as part of your team.

Our global network allows us to partner up with colleagues in countries around the world to protect your rights and we have a strong record across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. Our multilingual team spans all major time zones.

Working with new and established brands

Whether you need to devise a suitable protection strategy on your expanding IP portfolio or to resolve a multi-jurisdictional dispute, we can help. We work with many major luxury brands such as Renault F1, Soho House, Cowshed, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood, but also businesses that are just starting out. We advise charities, artists and galleries, high-profile individuals and families looking to protect their brand and IP assets.

We have extensive experience of dealing with IP as part of a wider commercial transaction and arranging tax-efficient licensing and exploitation as a stand-alone service. And we regularly advise on IP rights in relation to the estates of well-known individuals and creative people.

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Recognition

Studio dell'anno, fashion

Leading firm for intellectual property, real estate and TMT in Singapore (2015-2017)

Clients

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The firm is committed to excellent client service and, like us, to nurturing and supporting young and emerging talent.  Our close relationship has also enabled us both to establish valuable new contacts across Europe, Asia and the USA and, the firm’s international reach, has been a useful support and resource for us.

Mark Blundell - MB Partners
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We needed a legal advisor that could go beyond sound legal knowledge to understand our brand culture and the way in which we engage with our customers. The team took the time to get to know us and this has informed their advice on protecting our trade marks, website and mobile app.

David McQuillen - The Sufferfest
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I have relied on Withers’ legal strengths on numerous occasions, and in particular when negotiating agreements with distributors and retailers. The team at Withers has mentored me as my business has developed over the past 10 years, and their practical guidance has been very valuable in forming my commercial approach.

Amanda Lacey Luxury Skin Care
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The team at Withers has been a great support to the creative development of our brand over the years, providing legal advice that has given us stability, and that is always informed by the firm’s deep understanding of the fashion industry.

Preen
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We have worked hard to create something special and poured a lot of love into the reputation and brand that we have created. We have always appreciated Celia and Withers support in protecting this thing that we hold very emotionally and financially precious and for their advice in challenging times.

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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'.

Jürgen Klopp

Withers has a strong track record in representing high-profile and high-net-worth figures in the world of sport. When leading football manager Jürgen Klopp was approached by Liverpool Football Club to become its manager, we represented him in the negotiations for his move and the extension to his contract.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

US technology company

Advised in the acquisition by a US technology company of software and intellectual property assets from an embedded software company in Moscow and related technology service agreements with an affiliated entity in British Virgin Islands.

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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