Wiggin advises creative and technology-driven businesses, well-known brands, organisations and trade associations in the United Kingdom, Europe and worldwide, providing thought leadership and cutting-edge strategic IP advice. The breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise of its IP team extend across all IP rights and it assists clients to generate, preserve, exploit and expand the value of IP assets and to anticipate developments in IP policy.
Wiggin’s IP team is renowned for its partner-led service and “enterprising spirit and out-of-the-box thinking” (IAM Patent 1000 2018), delivered by a close-knit team of clever lawyers. The Wiggin IP practice is led by eight partners and delivered by a team of some 30 specialist IP practitioners, working across offices in London, Cheltenham and Brussels.
Patent practice – a powerful blend of practical experience and technical expertise
Wiggin’s patent team originally hailed from IP boutique Redd, with the two firms merging in November 2017. It is flexible and dynamic, which allows it to run cases and transactions efficiently, cost-effectively and in a way that is tailored to suit each individual client's needs. Spearheaded by practitioners with decades of practical experience litigating IP disputes and assisting with commercial agreements for clients across a diverse range of industries and technologies, the team also draws on the technical knowledge of lawyers with backgrounds in several scientific disciplines.
Wiggin’s contentious patent practice is broad and clients hail from sectors as diverse as medical devices, automotive, gardening, optics, general engineering, pharma and construction. Notable cases run by the Wiggin team include Pozzoli v BDMO, the leading Court of Appeal case on obviousness.
A client’s commercial interests and objectives are at the heart of all the team does, and it takes advantage of the full range of dispute resolution options offered by the English court system when creating strategies for clients. Wiggin’s team was one of the first to bring a patent claim using the High Court’s shorter trials scheme procedure, and has significant experience litigating in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
Wiggin’s IP transaction practice, led by Simon Chalkley who is recognised as a “go to lawyer for transactions across all sectors” (Chambers), deals with all aspects of the exploitation of patents, know-how and related rights.
Market-leading brand protection capability
Wiggin is an acknowledged leader in brand protection, having most recently been recognised as UK Trademark Law Firm of the Year at the IAM/WTR 2019 Global IP Awards. This aspect of the Wiggin IP practice covers the full range of trademark litigation and portfolio management services, both in the United Kingdom and under the European trademark regime, with the WTR 1000 2019 acknowledging its “cutting-edge expertise in non-traditional marks, designs, international brand strategy, portfolio management, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and transactions”.
The Wiggin IP team boasts true specialists in the often-neglected and under-utilised area of design protection. Several of its partners teach and examine on design law (among other things) on the Oxford University diploma in IP law and practice, the premier UK IP solicitor practitioner course attended by junior lawyers from the major UK IP solicitor practices as well as, increasingly, in-house counsel, barristers and non-UK based lawyers. Wiggin’s expertise in this area complements its patent and brand protection work, time and again.
Online content protection
Wiggin is renowned for its online content, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting work. It has been at the forefront of the leading cases in this field (most recently acting for the claimant before the Supreme Court in Cartier v BT Plc), establishing important precedents to enable enforcement action against intermediaries, such as internet service providers.
Innovation at the heart of its practice
Wiggin recognises that in order to truly understand and service innovation-driven businesses, innovation and technology has to be at the heart of the Wiggin IP practice.
As a testament to its commitment to this philosophy, Wiggin’s legal expertise is supported by award-winning software and leading technologies in global brand protection, anti-piracy intelligence and site-blocking via INCOPRO, a business co-founded by Wiggin and recognised as a true innovator in the field of IP protection. Wiggin can provide a one-stop shop that truly reflects its clients’ own values as innovation-led and IP-rich businesses.
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