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Colin is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property department, specialising in trade marks, copyright and designs. As a dual-qualified US/UK lawyer, he advises clients on the clearance, prosecution and enforcement of trade marks and designs, as well as the protection and enforcement of copyright.
Colin also advises clients on negotiating and drafting agreements to commercialise all aspects of intellectual property, and has extensive experience in anti-counterfeiting matters throughout the European Union as well as in handling the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions.
Colin speaks, reads and writes Japanese fluently, having majored in Japanese at university and also having lived in Japan for over four years. He routinely advises clients in both written and spoken Japanese on a wide range of intellectual property matters, and also gives presentations in Japanese.
Manage trade mark portfolios for leading multinational corporations, involving clearance searches and prosecuting applications in the United Kingdom and European Union.
Conduct opposition, revocation and invalidity actions throughout the United Kingdom, European Union and worldwide to protect and enforce trade mark portfolios.
Advise clients and enforce rights in trade marks and copyright against infringements in the United Kingdom and internationally.
Protect client design portfolio through enforcement against infringements throughout European Union.
Draft licence agreements and distribution agreements for the commercialisation of intellectual property rights.
Advise on comparative aspects of United Kingdom patent law and Japanese patent law.
Secure pan-European customs protection for client intellectual property portfolio and secure destruction of counterfeit merchandise in numerous Member States by way of administrative and court proceedings.
Advise on intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions, covering due diligence review of intellectual property assets and drafting relevant agreements.
Negotiate and draft agreements for the transfer of intellectual property and organise recordation of assignments in the relevant jurisdictions.
Advise on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property on the Internet.
Secure change of infringing company name through proceedings before the Company Names Tribunal in the United Kingdom.
Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications
- "Finding the Middle Ground," co-author, World Trademark Review, April/May 2013.
- "Maintain Your Goodwill", co-author, World Trademark Review, December/January 2013.
- "The Famous, the Unknown, the Deceased", co-author, World Trademark Review, October/November 2012.
- “Taking a Wide Perspective”, co-author, World Trademark Review, Issue 38, August/September 2012.
- “No Time for Delay”, co-author, World Trademark Review, Issue 36, April/May 2012.
- "A Question of Reputation", co-author, World Trademark Review Magazine, February/March 2012.
- “Pharmaceutical Trademarks 2012 - A Global Guide”, co-author, World Trademark Review Magazine, January 2012.
- "Copyright as the Digital Age Matures: Challenges and Developments for eCommerce Businesses", speaker, IP INTERAction eCommerce: Intellectual Property and the Internet Conference, September 2011.
- "Getting to Grips with Design Rights", speaker, European Trademarks Summit, London June 2011.
- "Enforcement of Brands with a Reputation: a Comparison of the European Union and United States Approaches", table topic moderator, International Trademark Association 133rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco May 2011.
- "Lies, damn lies, and football statistics", quoted, IP Magazine, May 2011.
- "Prescient Voices: Key Indicators for the Direction of Copyright Law in 2011", speaker, Second Annual INTERAction Conference, London February 2011.
- "Trade Mark Law: What's New?", speaker, User Generated Content 2010 conference, London September 2010.
- "Recent Developments in Online Trade Mark Infringement in the European Union" and "Strategies for Providing Low Cost Support to Trade Mark Portfolios Through Registered Design Protection", speaker, Japanese branch of the AIPPI, Tokyo September 2010. Presentation given in Japanese.
- "Pharmaceutical Trademarks 2010 - A Global Guide 2010/2011", co-author, United Kingdom chapter, World Trademark Review, August 2010.
- "Henry Vacuum Cleaner Cleans Up In Injunction Against Replica Product", author, IP Magazine, July 2010.
- "High Court Decision Revisits Protection of Databases in the United Kingdom—Football Dataco Limited v Brittens Pools Limited", author, Entertainment Law Review, July 2010.
- "Sporting decision boosts database rights", author, IP Magazine, June 2010.
- "Lucasfilm et al v Ainsworth", author, Entertainment Law Review, February 2009.
- "Whirlpool Corporation v Kenwood Limited", author, World Trademark Law Report, September 2008.
- "Tread With Caution: Re-Branding Considerations for Franchisors and Licensors", author, In House Lawyer, October 2007.
- "Protecting Your Product – The Brand Issue", speaker, ABTA Travel Law seminar, April 2007.
- "Intel Corporation v CPM United Kingdom Ltd", author, World Trademark Law Report, October 2006.
- "Latest Trade Mark Decisions of the European Court of Justice”, speaker, Japanese branch of the AIPPI in Tokyo, April 2005. Presentation given in Japanese.
Before Edwards Wildman
Before joining the firm, Colin worked for four years in the Trade Marks and Brand Protection group of a City law firm in London.
Previously, Colin worked as an attorney at law for three years in the intellectual property department at the head office of a leading international law firm, as well as at a major national law firm, both in Chicago. Colin is a dual-qualified lawyer and is admitted as a solicitor in both England and Wales and as an attorney at law in the State of Illinois, USA.
Besides Edwards Wildman
Colin has a keen interest in music, having previously worked as a concert promoter for a number of years. He also enjoys reading about world history and culture, and regularly visits museum exhibitions, art galleries, concerts and the theatre. Colin likes to read classical Japanese literature and keeps fit through practising various martial arts.