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Trade Mark Disputes

Do you need to set some boundaries with a competitor?

Handling trade mark disputes is a core aspect of our Enforcement work. We’re regularly either acting for our clients to ensure a third party isn’t able to register a trade mark that might affect their rights, or defending them from proceedings brought by others.

So what do we do?

Our input when dealing with trade mark disputes varies. It can involve bringing opposition proceedings to stop the registration of an application that concerns a client. Or, when a client has not been aware of a trade mark until it’s been registered, it can involve bringing invalidity proceedings to have a mark taken off the register. Alternatively, we may need to apply to have a mark taken off the register to clear the way for our clients.

We stay on a case from start to finish…

If you come to us to handle your trade mark dispute, our work starts from the very beginning with advice on what the prospects of success are. We will then help you craft the best possible evidence and handle all the correspondence to attempt to resolve the matter during the proceedings (if not before!).

And if it doesn’t settle, we’re amongst the most experienced firms at handling contested hearings – we’re even instructed by competitors to handle their hearings for them.

Have a look at what we do…

To give you a taster of the kind of trade mark dispute work we do, we’ve compiled a few examples for you to read.

If you believe that you need to take action to protect a trade mark, or if you have received notice of action against you, then call us on 01327 223 555 or email info@wood-ip.com.  The sooner you contact us, the greater the chance we can make a difference to the outcome.

How we have helped our clients

When you register a trade mark you are providing it with a level of protection that actually builds value in your business. By securing a registered trade mark, you give yourself an avenue to prevent someone using something similar and riding off the back of your hard work and reputation.


“Aaron is great trade mark attorney. He is very knowledgeable on trade marks, but at the same time also very business-driven. And apart from that he is a very nice person.” – Willem Leppink, Partner, Ploum Lodder Princen, Netherlands

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We have considerable experience in registering trade marks. We have worked both in-house at large brand-owning companies, and at other law firms. We have advised multinationals, but have helped start-ups and fledgling businesses protect their assets, too. There are few sectors we haven’t worked in, and our experience really does range from advertising agencies to zoos! A to Z… literally.


As a client, Aaron has always given excellent advice, has the ability to adapt quickly to client's particular needs and responds effectively to urgent requests. He is always willing to help and provides excellent results. I have very much enjoyed working with Aaron, it has been a valuable learning experience – Isabel Soares, Paralegal, Bacardi & Company, Switzerland

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Handling trade mark disputes is a core aspect of our Enforcement work. We’re regularly either acting for our clients to ensure a third party isn’t able to register a trade mark that might affect their rights, or defending them from proceedings brought by others.


I've worked with Aaron a few times now in relation to UK trademark applications, particularly where they have become contentious. I have found Aaron to be extremely helpful and prompt in replaying to emails/calls. I'll continue to use his services and would encourage anyone else in such matters to do the same – Seb Hopkins, Solicitor, Flint Bishop LLP, UK

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You want competitors to steer clear of your brands. And, of course, competitors want you to steer clear of theirs. So if you find your business on the wrong end of a demand to alter a brand once you’ve adopted, marketed, and set your hopes on it, it can make for an expensive and unpleasant experience.


Just wanted to thank you once again for all your assistance and helpful advice with this matter.  It truly is a great pleasure to work with such a reputable firm and knowledgeable attorney such as yourself […] your particular attention to detail and explaining all aspects surrounding matters I have inquired about has been exceptional and I always appreciate your time and patience – Lisa Cronsberry, Manager, Intellectual Property Group at Scotiabank, Canada

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Wood assisted by protecting the main brands and class names of this market-leading franchise


“Aaron has always been very quick to help us. The initial contact was through a recommendation  and I understand why he came so highly recommended! I have worked with a number of lawyers but the level of detail and business understanding presented by Aaron cannot be compared with other firms. I am also kept up to date about billing and any additional expenses. Previous lawyers have landed me a bill for additional  50% of agreed fees because the project has taken longer than they expected but haven't communicated this to me, their client. A bit of a shock and shortsighted. Aaron ensures billing is clear for all concerned and delivers a professional service throughout. – Julie Clabby, Busylizzymum Limited, UK

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