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Intellectual Property & Media

We value your brand

What does our work involve?

  • Trade marks, Patents, designs, copyright, confidential information
  • Intellectual Property dispute resolution
  • Trade mark and registered designs, filing and prosecution worldwide
  • Trade mark opposition, cancellation and revocation proceedings
  • Worldwide intellectual property portfolio management and strategic advice
  • Full range of trade mark, company name, app and domain name watching services
  • Product, trade mark and design clearance work
  • Transactional advice and drafting: IP Licences, IP transfers, taking security over IP
  • Reputation management: defamation and trade libel
  • Privacy, personal data and image rights
  • Advertising clearance/making and defending against ASA complaints
  • Social media and website takedowns
  • Domain name management and domain name dispute resolution
  • Company Name Tribunal complaints

Call our experienced Intellectual Property & Media team to find out more.



Why choose Freeths?

Get the full kit and caboodle when it comes to intellectual property, brand and reputation management.

Our team of specialist solicitors and trade mark attorneys provide just that: A fully integrated service focussed on business objectives through proactive protection, defence and exploitation of your intellectual property rights.

Flexible Fees

We provide many of our services on a fixed fee or capped fee basis

One-stop-shop quality service

We offer a one-stop-shop because all our expertise is in one place. That enables us to truly focus on clients’ desired outcomes and their commercial objectives.

What that means is we can provide a fully rounded and joined-up service that is timely, efficient and therefore cost effective. Freeths and Simon Barker are also listed on IP Stars – a global guide to leading IP firms and lawyers.

Legal 500, 2020 Leading Firm Freeths LLP

Meet the team

Intellectual Property & Media Lawyers

Emma Bacon

Emma Bacon

0845 166 6291

Simon Barker - IP Partner

Simon Barker

0845 634 2583

Sarah Beardmore

Sarah Beardmore
Senior Associate

0845 030 5762

Iain Bowler

Iain Bowler

0845 030 5767

Rebecca Howlett, Partner

Rebecca Howlett

0845 166 6338

Joanna Kawalec, Solicitor

Joanna Kawalec

0845 166 6251

Lloyd Lane, Solicitor

Lloyd Lane

0845 404 1730

Fiona Lawson, Trainee Trade Mark Attorney

Fiona Lawson

0845 128 7979

Jonathan Mayner

Jonathan Mayner
Senior Associate

0845 634 1735

Kishan Pattni, Senior Associate

Kishan Pattni
Senior Associate

0845 070 3811

Michaela Selvester

Michaela Selvester

0845 077 9662

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"Sources describe the team as 'friendly and understanding'. Clients describe Simon Barker as a 'really helpful and attentive' lawyer."

(Chambers & Partners, 2017)

"They are very thorough, quick to reply, and are very good at understanding our needs."

"Michael Servian is the key figure at Freeths for media and entertainment. The firm acts for the estates of various authors and film directors, and has assisted many successful musicians with publishing agreements. The team is ‘excellent, and great to work with'."

(The Legal 500 2016)

“Sarah manages our extensive trade mark portfolio and provides us with legal advice on all intellectual property related matters including enforcing our trade mark rights and dealing with third party claims. Sarah always manages to achieve a commercially sensible solution and does it in the cost effective way. It has and continues to be great working with Sarah; not only is her work incredibly detailed she also understands the needs of our business providing quick, intelligent and effective solutions to support our business requirements. It is a great partnership.”

(Helen Cook, as Marketing Director, A3D2 Limited)

"Freeths LLP provides 'a great level of service’ where you get ‘timely, pragmatic advice which focuses on the important elements’."

(The Legal 500, 2019)

A client says: "I really appreciate their ability to see things from a new point of view and their persistence in finding new ways and solutions to solve a case." Another notes: "The level of understanding between the firm and our company is first-class."

(Chambers & Partners, 2019)

"Freeths LLP's growing IP team provides 'commercial and pragmatic' advice with 'excellent technical skills' covering patents, trademarks and copyright infringement. Led by 'true subject matter expert' Simon Barker, the practice focuses primarily on soft IP matters. The team is particularly active in the retail sector and clients include a well-known global cosmetics brand and other high-profile international and high-street names."

(The Legal 500, 2020)

Full-service IP practice advising on licensing, trade mark prosecution, patent litigation, brand protection and designs. Conducts due diligence in advance of corporate and capital markets transactions. Acts for household names in construction, retail and leisure. Regularly advises in relation to advertising, marketing and product clearance. A source describes the team as "an impressive full-service firm with a broad and solid litigation offering." A client reports:"As our lawyers, they provide a great filter. They become fully immersed in the matter without overburdening me with the minutiae unless they consider it necessary. The team is well balanced and delivers a solid service." Market sources affirm: "Freeths have a good contentious and non-contentious intellectual property offering."

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

Described by a client as "a guru in soft IP rights," Simon Barker is a brand and designs specialist, well versed in both litigation and also commercial licensing and corporate support work.

(Chambers & Partners, 2020)

Notable Work
  • Successful passing off claim over copycat food label and packaging
  • Successful prosecution of a claim for breach of confidence, copyright infringement and entitlement to foreign patents – litigated and settled in the UK
  • Successful defence over claim to infringement of design rights in footwear
  • Settlement of worldwide trade mark dispute and settlement by co-existence agreement
  • Defence and amicable settlement of claim for breach of confidence and infringement of design and other rights in automotive industry
  • Multiple successful domain name recoveries and Company Names Tribunal actions
  • Agreements for a complex collaboration on the development of a new construction technology

Client service

‘Doing the right thing’ is at the heart of Freeths. Find out more about our excellent client service and the strong set of values that guide the way we work.

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Talk to us

Freeths are a leading national law firm with 13 offices across the UK. If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, why not give us a call?

Contact: 03301 001 014

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