Mills & Reeve LLP
Richard has specialised in intellectual property law since 1992. His work covers IP infringement claims and other IP disputes, IP agreements (including licences, R&D agreements, assignments, and collaborations), IP support in corporate transactions (including due diligence, warranties and supporting agreements) and trade mark and registered design applications (including advising on registrability and filing strategy, and oppositions and invalidation applications).
Richard’s recent highlights include protecting the name of “Basmati” rice by opposing applications for trade marks which include this name but which are not exclusively for Basmati rice. This has involved the successful application of the law of “extended form” passing off, based on the goodwill which this name has acquired in the UK, and registering “Basmati” as a certification mark.