Wiggin LLP

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Media, technology and IP boutique Wiggin may be best known for its copyright and trademark expertise, but it also packs a punch on the patent side, particularly when it comes to engineering and electronics innovations. The practice received a boost in July 2020 with the arrival of former Barclays global IP head and fintech oracle Calum Smyth, who has abundant software and high-technology know-how, having counselled Barclays through its digital transformation in recent years. “Calum has unrivalled breadth of knowledge in law and client management, shows technical flair and can embrace new and complex technical areas. He is a truly original thinker with great commercial acumen.” He joins IP head Sara Ashby, another all-rounder who makes light work of briefs where patents intersect with other IP rights and fraught contractual disputes. “She has a razor-sharp legal brain, but is still very commercial and client focused, and determined to get the best results for her clients. This all equates to a great success record.” Matters across the IP spectrum and extending into competition law are effortlessly dispatched by Michael Browne, who can quickly tease out the knots in cross-border disputes and joint development and licensing negotiations. He recently represented construction companies Permavent and Greenhill Industrial Holdings in a patent entitlement battle.

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The name of UK-headquartered Wiggin has fast become synonymous with outstanding IP services. It Belgium, it recently reinforced its local offering with the shrewd hire of former HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER professionals Carl De Meyer and Carina Gommers. Renaissance man De Meyer is a go-to for all IP-related issues: “He excels for his communication, reliability and emotional intelligence, and always manages to steer a straight line in the midst of chaos. Working with Carl is an exclusively positive encounter.” “Carina excels at leading teams of IP lawyers working on complex technical and scientific issues. Her courtroom pleading is also simply brilliant: she is very straightforward, to the point and persuasive.”

Firm Profile

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 team extend across all IP rights and it assists clients in generating, preserving, exploiting and expanding the value of IP assets and anticipating developments in IP policy.

Wiggin’s IP team “does fantastic patent work … the firm is composed of specialists with razor-sharp focus” (IAM Patent 1000).

Patent practice – a powerful blend of practical experience and technical expertise

Sara Ashby and Michael Browne originally come from IP-boutique Redd, which merged with Wiggin in 2017. In 2020 they were joined by Calum Smyth in the London office and Carl De Meyer and Carina Gommers in the Brussels office.

Ms Ashby is a “phenomenal lawyer” (IAM Patent 1000) with a broad focus. Her extra-curricular roles include being president of the UK group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and teaching for Oxford University.

Mr Browne works with clients from a range of IP-rich industries and is considered “a veteran of patent entitlement proceedings in the High Court and patent infringement proceedings in the [Intellectual Property Enterprise Court]” (IAM Patent 1000).

Mr Smyth, recognised for his ability to “design strategies to add value”, has over 20 years’ experience in intellectual property and technology. He previously led the IP department at Barclays Bank and is consistently listed in the IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders guide.

Mr De Meyer and Ms Gommers are both leading IP practitioners, renowned in the Belgian capital and internationally. They act for some of the best known and most innovative companies. Mr De Meyer is lauded for being “technically brilliant …. From a tactical point of view, he is one of the best there is” (IAM Patent 1000) and Ms Gommers is praised for her “pro-active strategic thinking and excellent project management and case mapping skills”(IAM Patent 1000).

Wiggin is flexible and dynamic, running cases and transactions efficiently, cost-effectively and 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, pharma, tech, automotive, optics and general engineering. Notable cases run by the Wiggin team include Pozzoli v BDMO, the leading UK Court of Appeal case on obviousness.

A client’s commercial interests and objectives are at the heart of all the team does, taking advantage of the full range of dispute resolution options offered by the court system when creating strategies for clients. In the United Kingdom, Wiggin’s team was one of the first to bring a patent claim using the High Court’s Shorter Trials Scheme, and has significant experience litigating in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, as well as the High Court.

Wiggin’s IP transaction practice deals with all aspects of the exploitation of patents, know-how and related rights.

Market-leading brand protection capability

A leader in brand protection, Wiggin is a one-stop-shop for litigation, portfolio and strategy services, for EU, UK and Belgium rights. WTR 1000 has acknowledged its “cutting-edge expertise in non-traditional marks, designs, international brand strategy, portfolio management, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and transactions”.

Designs

Wiggin boasts true specialists in the often-neglected and under-utilised area of design protection, teaching and examining on designs for Oxford University’s IP Diploma.

Online content protection

Renowned for its online content, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting work, Wiggin has been at the forefront of the leading cases – for instance, acting for the claimants in Warner v TuneIn and in Cartier v BT Plc – establishing important precedents to enable enforcement action against intermediaries, such as internet service providers.

Innovation

Wiggin recognises that to truly understand and service innovation-driven businesses, innovation and technology have to be at the heart of the practice. 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.

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