European & Asian Clothing Retailer – Online selling trademark registration and protection
A long established high street retailer of European and Asian fabrics wanted to launch two e-commerce websites simultaneously, owned and managed by two separate limited companies. One website was a relaunch of an established business over 50 years old. The challenge was that there were many other exiting businesses using the same or similar brand names. There were also several different products that the client wanted to market targeting various demographics. The client has global ambitions and wanted to protect the brand accordingly.
Client said:"I would highly recommend PAIL® Solicitors. Peter’s knowledge and expertise in the area of online businesses and brands was hugely valuable and this was complimented by his professional approach - a pleasure to do business with."
Commercial Director, Adam Ross Fabrics
PAIL® said:"It's been a real challenge managing all of the marks in the Aziz and Adam Ross family of marks. The close working relationship the firm has developed with the commercial team has been invaluable in delivering the quality of service that has kept them as a client."
Major International Modelling Agency
This Brazilian international modelling agency approached PAIL® when two of its senior bookers had an idea to set up a scouting agency operating throughout Europe and worldwide, to introduce new Brazilian faces to the European and worldwide market. The challenge was to persuade the principal Brazilian agency to accept a non-exclusive agreement that could be signed between the agency set up by the bookers and other local Brazilian agencies. There were also agreements with the major London agencies.
PAIL® said:"This instruction has been an excellent opportunity for PAIL® to show-case our knowledge of modelling related contracts, international law, and to extend our network with the major London and Brazilian agencies. We have been able to negotiate with a very high quality level of client, and partners in the modelling business, and have really enjoyed this assignment. The issues that were most challenging were ensuring that: the models were represented by our client throughout the world; restricting the ability of any contact to which our client introduces a model to contact that model for modelling work without our client's knowledge and consent; and advising on conflicts with Brazilian law of which there were several. In the past, the work for model agency start ups have lacked that international aspect, and involvement into the network of the major agencies. No more - the network available to us has changed dramatically for PAIL® in this practice area and, as a result, our ability to serve clients has improved significantly."
Reagent Chemicals – website copyright plagiarism
ReAgent’s management team approached PAIL® as they were in urgent need of an experienced lawyer to assist them with a main competitor that had copied substantial parts of their website, including text word for word on four separate websites. Some of the websites infringing Reagent’s website were outside the UK jurisdiction. The case which involved extremely complex issues was more than just a box ticking exercise. It required a lawyer with the ability and experience to analyse the facts and highlight any key issues that needed to be dealt with to outmanoeuvre the defendant.
Client said:"Peter is a dream to work with. His costs are fair, communication excellent and responsiveness flawless. I am most satisfied with the settlement which Peter negotiated on our behalf and I would recommend him without hesitation."
Managing Director, ReAgent
PAIL® said:"It is always very helpful working with a professional corporate management team like ReAgent's because instructions are clear and there is a mutual understanding of professional trust and respect right from the outset."
Top 50 fast growing UK technology company – website content management and customer experience technology
The management team of this dynamic fast growing technology company urgently required additional legal support when they faced an increase in demand for their new technology product and an already overstretched management team. They needed to get specialist legal advice, having already tried more general commercial legal advice, to expand their capability to deal with the demand from major multi national licensees and for major deployment in the US. Approaching PAIL®, the commercial director requested the principal solicitor to swiftly pick up where the previous law firm had left off and get on with the work with little instructions.
This technology company owns and manages a suite of proprietary technology products to improve customer experience and content management for businesses. The company wanted terms and conditions for their US licensees. Terms and conditions for UK licensees. Advice with respect to a licence with GE Capital International in the US. The issues included insurance; complying with GE Capital’s license compliance rules for licensors; warranties; indemnities; service levels; intellectual property; jurisdiction.
PAIL® said:"This was a brilliant win-win situation for the client and the firm. The issue of US jurisdiction was not without its challenges but we were able to overcome these with input from our US consultant. We were also able to deal with the issue of data processing outside the EEA which is an issue that has arisen now for several of our Internet and technology clients." Incidentally since these contracts were concluded the the European Commission and the United States have agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows: the EU-US Privacy Shield http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-216_en.htm
Major Digital Marketing Agency – native mobile app
This digital marketing agency approached PAIL® because it had developed an employee related native mobile app for iOS and Android. The agency wanted to roll-out the mobile app to blue chip global companies. It had agreed a licensing deal with Sony Entertainment Inc. The agency was looking for a licensing agreement that would be acceptable to Sony and that they could use as a template for future blue chip licensees worldwide. The issues included data protection; warranties; service levels; and intellectual property. The agency decided to engage PAIL®.