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IP, ICT and commercial contracts

We have a dedicated team of IP, technology and commercial contract specialists who are experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters. We have advised on many high profile transactions and reported cases. Much of our work has international reach, including advising global, household name clients on multi-jurisdictional issues.

Our technical expertise is augmented by a detailed knowledge of many sectors including retail, fashion, media, sport, IT, publishing, insurance, advertising, energy and gaming.

Our core specialisms include:

 

Selected directory listings 

  • "A slick operation with great clients and a welcome commercial edge" - World Trademark Review, WTR 1000 2014
  • "They're extremely commercial, giving us the advice we need in a form they know will be appreciated by our key decision makers" - Chambers UK 2014
  • "They've built up a very detailed understanding of our business" - Chambers UK 2014
  • "Strong reputation in the market for its dedicated commercial practice.... Clients highlight the strategic, commercial and tailored nature of advice" - Chambers UK 2014

  • "At RPC, the team’s ‘business acumen really shows through, rather than just legal opinion’, and ‘even at junior level the work is always to a very high standard’" - The Legal 500, 2013 edition

  • "Eschews a textbook style for a more nuanced and creative blend of commercially orientated and legally considered advice" - World Trademark Review 1000, 2013
  • "RPC is renowned for advising on all manner of IP rights for clients in the fields of advertising, gaming, insurance, IT, media, publishing and sport. The team excels equally at litigation and non-contentious work ordination of trade mark disputes" - Chambers UK 2013
  • "Clients say that 'commercially and tactically, their advice is spot-on and very astute.' One source was pleased with the 'gold-plated service and great working relationship'" - Chambers UK 2013
  • "Provides an ‘excellent, results-driven service’ and displays ‘great stamina on major deals’"- The Legal 500, 2012 edition
  • "RPC is 'sensible, commercially minded and solutions driven’" - The Legal 500, 2012 edition
  • "The thing you get with the lawyers at this firm is real commercial understanding, the implications behind their advice for our business. This really adds value to it and goes above and beyond what you get with most other lawyers" - Chambers UK 2012
  • "Sources appreciate the commercial approach of the group and underline their opinion that practitioners are 'extremely sensitive to the needs of business'" - Chambers UK 2012
  • "They're excellent to work with. They have a good understanding of how we work and what our priorities are, providing focused advice in the format we like to receive it" - Chambers UK 2012
  • "They know what we're like and what we want. Their advice is obviously spot-on legally, but it's the commercial side that gives them their advantage'" - Chambers UK 2011
  • "Hardworking, service-orientated’ team" - The Legal 500, 2011 edition
  • "Clients are quick to highlight the quality and focus of the commercial practice at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP" - The Legal 500, 2011 edition
  • "Commitment to quality and for going well beyond the call of duty" - The Legal 500, 2011 edition
  • "Recommended for Commercial Awareness" - Chambers UK 2011
  • "This 'responsive and proactive' team has a stellar reputation in the sports and music industries, advising on litigation, commercial transactions and brand management" - Chambers UK 2011

 

Examples of relevant work

Contentious

  • Associated Newspapers Ltd v Express Newspapers Ltd (trade mark)
  • Leofelis v Lonsdale Sports Ltd (trade marks)
  • Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd v Alfred McAlpine Plc (passing-off)
  • Royal & Sun Alliance v Motivano (IT)
  • Oakley Inc v Animal Ltd (designs)

 

Non-contentious

  • Advising Tesco Stores Ltd on its highly innovative and strategically critical £100m+ Next Generation Network Project. The project will streamline and consolidate Tesco's global telecommunications services under a major outsourcing arrangement and will bring together all of its existing communications infrastructure (over 1,800 sites and 4,000 people in 16 countries). We worked closely with Tesco throughout the contract process in a project involving our specialist technology and outsourcing teams
  • Advising Waterstone's Booksellers Limited with the procurement of a new centralised distribution system and automated consolidation centre to be managed by Unipart Logistics. This 10-year €200m arrangement will handle over 70 million books annually, from receiving them from suppliers through to delivery to high street stores and internet customers, making it an absolutely critical strategic development for Waterstone's
  • Establishment of a social networking site and electronic gift vouchers system for HMV Group Plc
  • Major international trade mark and copyright acquisition and licensing agreements for Sportsworld including Umbro, No Fear and Lonsdale brands
  • £350m acquisition of European trade mark portfolio of tissue products by SCA AB from Proctor & Gamble plc
  • Acquisition of Hit Entertainment Plc (owner of Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder) by Apax for circa £450m
  • £60m equipment fit-out of new print site for Associated Newspapers Limited

For more information about our IP, Technology & Commercial Contracts practice please contact Jeremy Drew (jeremy.drew@rpc.co.uk)

 



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