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Alt Legal Webinar Two Nations Divided by a Common Language: Similarities and Dissimilarities in UK and US Trade Marks

Alt Legal Team | October 05, 2021
2 min read

This webinar was recorded on October 14, 2021.

Trade mark practice in the UK may initially appear similar to that of the United States given the shared language, but while similarities do exist, there are also very real differences in law and procedure. In this webinar, hosted by Alt Legal and Meritas, Colin Sawdy of Meritas member law firm, Howard Kennedy LLP (England and Wales, UK) will provide a comparison of the two systems and highlight where US practitioners will need to be aware of key differences in UK practice. The discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • Developing a filing strategy for the US and UK
  • Anticipating possible objections in the UK with regard to descriptiveness and specifications
  • Handling opposition actions and tips for achieving a beneficial outcome
  • Managing client portfolios in light of Brexit

Watch recording here (registration required).

You can download all of the webinar materials here.


Speaker Bio:

Colin Sawdy, Partner, Howard Kennedy

Colin Sawdy’s practice focuses on international trade mark and design clearance, prosecution and portfolio management. He manages the filing and defence of opposition, revocation and invalidity actions, as well as negotiates settlements and coexistence agreements. Colin regularly enforces clients’ rights by way of dispute resolution and coordinating litigation in the UK and abroad. He is experienced in anti-counterfeiting matters and advises on, as well as drafts, intellectual property commercial agreements. Colin also assists clients with regard to copyright and domain name matters, ranging from securing the protection of such rights through to their commercialisation and enforcement against infringing third parties. As a dual-qualified UK solicitor and US attorney at law, Colin provides strategic advice to clients seeking to protect intellectual property rights internationally.

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