J A Kemp advises on trade mark selection and strategy and files, defends and opposes trade mark applications in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world. The firm obtains global protection for trade marks through international applications before the World Intellectual Property Organisation and by instructing filing and prosecution programmes worldwide.
The hallmarks of J A Kemp’s trade mark work are the individual expertise of our attorneys, our capacity to handle large filing programmes and our total commitment to helping clients to achieve their commercial objectives.
Every member of our trade mark team is a specialist who handles only trade mark and design work. Many of our senior professionals have backgrounds in major international law firms and are able to draw on a wealth of commercial experience. They are all qualified as both UK trade mark attorneys and European trade mark professional representatives. The Head of group is also qualified as a solicitor and two partners in the group posses Trade Mark and Design Litigation Certificates. J A Kemp is one of just a handful of UK firms with the expertise and resources to obtain protection for patentable intellectual property in any field of science or technology, anywhere in the world. Most of our partners have at least 15 years’ experience practising as patent attorneys. They have developed patent strategies for clients large and small, managed multiple patent portfolios and handled thousands of patent applications. They have also helped to overcome every conceivable challenge that a client can face in exploiting their patents and defending them against attack.
J A Kemp handles patent oppositions and appeals within Europe, especially before the European Patent Office, and protects patents across the globe. The firm assists with cases before the UK patent courts and provides expert support for high-profile patent litigation in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The firm also handles all aspects of design protection in the United Kingdom, Europe and the rest of the world.
J A Kemp conducts the full range of IP litigation for clients – including trade mark, patent, design, copyright, passing off, breach of confidence and trade secret cases – in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Our advocates also appear before the General Court in Luxembourg.
J A Kemp works for a variety of clients, from start-ups, spin-outs and small and medium-sized enterprises to some of the largest corporate clients and most prestigious academic institutions in the world. J A Kemp also has a network of attorney firms throughout the world, which instruct the firm on behalf of their clients.
Areas of trade mark expertise
The J A Kemp trade mark group has extensive experience in standard trade mark matters, such as searching, clearance, filing, prosecution, opposition, invalidation, revocation, advising on infringement, appeals to the relevant tribunal or court and domain name disputes. The group also has particular expertise in the following areas:
- registration of unusual or otherwise difficult marks, including shape marks and marks that require evidence of acquired distinctiveness;
- clearance of trade marks and inventive, commercial thinking about dealing with earlier rights;
- dispute resolution – the group has mediated the settlement of many disputes, sometimes in circumstances where previously involved firms have reached an impasse. The group brings to bear a thorough grasp of the legal issues, shrewd assessment of the strengths (and weaknesses) of the parties’ cases and an appreciation of any sensitivities that may need to be taken into account to reach a sensible conclusion; and
- opposition and related enforcement issues – J A Kemp’s attorneys do not waste time and fees by adopting a ‘kitchen sink’ approach to trade mark oppositions. They think carefully about the possible grounds of opposition and identify the strongest. They have an eye on the marketplace. They focus on actual use and not just the state of the Trade Marks Register.
J A Kemp’s attorneys are passionate about their clients’ brands. They like to engage with their clients, embrace their business aims and discuss their future projects. They plan ahead, thinking about what searches to conduct and when and where to conduct them, what marks to protect with trade mark applications and when and where to file those applications for maximum commercial benefit.
J A Kemp
14 South Square
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T: +44 20 3077 8600
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J A Kemp
The Oxford Science Park
Oxford OX4 4GA
T +44 1865 406 100
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J A Kemp
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T +44 1223 637 100
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