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The biggest brand protectors in Gloucestershire

PUBLISHED: 13:39 12 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:29 20 February 2013

The biggest brand protectors in Gloucestershire

The biggest brand protectors in Gloucestershire

The latest arrival of IP lawyer Riyaz Jariwalla at BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham adds to the largest specialist Intellectual Property team in the county.

The biggest brand protectors in Gloucestershire


The latest arrival of IP lawyer Riyaz Jariwalla at BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham adds to the largest specialist Intellectual Property team in the county.

With the appointment of Riyaz, BPE has a significant compliment of IP lawyers adding to the teams depth and commitment of continuing to provide strategic IP advice comparable to that offered by law firms in Bristol or Birmingham, explained Jason Stratford-Lysandrides, BPEs IP Partner. BPEs expertise is unmatched locally with the inclusion of both litigation and commercial IP experience all delivered in house. The practice boasts European and international clients requiring the full range of IP services from brand and design protection, through to the commercial exploitation and enforcement of technology matters whether in the UK or overseas.

Riyaz was recruited specifically for his full range of dedicated IP litigation experience that includes trademarks and counterfeiting, disputes regarding copyright, designs and domain names, as well as IT and patent infringement. He will be supporting the work already undertaken by BPE under Philip Radford, who has supported clients in this area for over 20 years.

Alongside BPEs IP litigation practice, the international expertise of Iain Garfield and the IP work undertaken by him over the last 11 years, provides experience and contacts unavailable elsewhere. With clients increasingly operating in a global economy, through international suppliers and distributors, the demand for world-wide IP understanding and support is ever-present.

BPE is constantly working with clients who have a real IP need. Such advice must have relevant industry and market knowledge coupled with extensive IP experience. More and more clients now realise that international issues impact upon their business, therefore requiring strategic IP advice, whether it includes registration, enforcement, financial or even global considerations. Clients are deserving of the very best of advisors that are capable of appreciating and protecting a business intellectual property assets, Jason added.

With a three partner team comprising Philip, Iain and me, together with the appointments of Riyaz, and Matt Jackson who recently joined in July, BPE continues to support an ever-increasing variety of clients who require comprehensive expertise that is local to their home-grown business in Gloucestershire as well as for those clients established beyond the region, he concluded.

Clients represented by the team include those from the entertainment, toy and retail sectors, as well as science and technology-based businesses in addition to a number of the leading scientific academies and learned societies in the UK.

Introducing the Intellectual Property team

Jason Stratford is a Partner and Head of the BPE IP team. Jason has particular expertise within the field of intellectual property law and throughout his career he has advised a wealth of private and public sector clients on issues relating to brand protection, copyright, confidentiality, data protection, designs, domain name disputes/recovery, e-commerce, licensing, patents, trademarks (including passing off) as well as internet-related matters. Jason regularly represents clients before the UK IPO, OHIM and WIPO as well as supporting clients before various intellectual property offices overseas. His practice has included representation before the County and High Courts and the General Court in Luxembourg.

Jason is also a member of the Society for Computers and Law and is BPEs representative for the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

Philip Radford is a Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation. Philips intellectual property experience includes a number of reported cases including those in connection with registered and unregistered design infringement; obtaining summary judgement relating to parallel importation of pharmaceutical products; as well as injunction and speedy trial applications relating to the successful defence of patent infringement. He is also a qualified mediator.

Iain Garfield is a Partner and Head of Commercial. He advises a wide variety of organisations, across multiple sectors in relation to high-value commercial contracts and has developed an outstanding knowledge of international issues in this area.During the course of 11 years in advising on IP issues his experience includes software agreements; support agreements relating to a national governments purchase of military vessels; trade mark and patent licensing agreements; copyright and design issues; as well as IP due diligence in connection with corporate transactions.
Iain has considerable expertise in IT and e-commerce transactions through his membership of the British Computer Society and the Society for Computers and Law.

Riyaz Jariwalla is an Associate Solicitor specialising in intellectual property litigation with experience in the full range of contentious intellectual property matters. This includes registered trade mark infringement, patent infringement, passing off, seizure of counterfeit goods, domain name recovery, registered and unregistered designs and copyright infringement. His experience extends to proceedings in the Patents County Court and the High Court, Chancery Division. Riyaz is also a qualified Accredited Mediator.

Matt Jackson is a solicitor with a particular specialism in intellectual property and IT matters. Complimenting 5 years commercial experience Matt advises clients in connection with transactional IP matters, including the registration of trademarks and designs. Matt joined BPE earlier this year from local law firm Harrison Clark.

BPE is a commercial law firm based in Cheltenham, offering a full range of services including Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Property, Construction and Engineering, Corporate, Lender and Debt Recovery Services, Employment, Family, Private Client, Residential Property and Science and Technology.


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