Ben's practice focuses on securing and enforcing trade mark rights in the UK and globally for many well-known clients in sectors ranging from insurance and alcoholic beverages to entertainment and retail. He has particular experience in managing worldwide searching programmes to clear trade marks for use and registration, as well as managing due diligence exercises in support of mergers and acquisitions.
Ben acts regularly on behalf of his clients in respect of opposition and cancellation actions, as well as in connection with trade mark infringement and passing off claims.
His experience working 'in-house' managing the trade mark portfolio of a leading global company has aided Ben's client insight and his pragmatic and commercial approach stems from his academic background which included business strategy and marketing studies.
Ben has lectured on trade mark matters on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and has spoken at a number of seminars in relation to the protection of trade marks and domain names.
Ben graduated from the University of Brighton in 1998 with a degree in Business Administration and entered the trade mark profession that year with a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys in Hertfordshire. Ben joined Keltie in 2002 and became a Partner in 2014.
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