Roland is the head of our Brand Management group in the UK. For over 20 years he's advised major international brand and technology owners on their IP rights. Clients describe Roland as a tactically smart, solutions-focused, and commercially-minded. He's responsible for the international trade mark portfolios and IP advisory work for numerous household name brands.
Roland advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious "soft" IP matters, including: trade mark, designs and copyright disputes and litigation, lookalikes, anti-counterfeiting, domain name and content infringements, trade mark clearance, prosecution, oppositions and strategic portfolio advice, comparative advertising, and all types of commercial transactions involving these rights.
He's led first instance and appeal cases in the English courts, the UKIPO, the EUIPO and CJEU and taken part in a number of successful mediations, and regularly coordinates crossborder IP litigation in the EU.
Outside of private practice, Roland sits on the Executive Board of MARQUES, the European brand owners association, where he chairs the Brexit Task Force. He also sits on the Law Society's IP Law Committee, and is a member of the EUIPO's quality audit panel.
Roland comments on IP related matters of national interest with media outlets including the BBC.
|Since 2006||Partner, Taylor Wessing|
|2001 - 2006||Partner and Head of Trade Marks, Linklaters|
|2000 - 2001||Managing Associate, Linklater (Paris)|
|1998 - 2000||Managing Associate, Linklaters (London)|
|1994 - 1998||Associate, Linklaters|
|1992 -1994||Trainee solicitor, Linklaters|
|1995||Diploma, Intellectual Property Law, University of Bristol|
|1994||Admitted to the Bar, England and Wales|
|1992||Law Society Finals, College of Law, London|
|1991||Common Professional Examination, College of Law, London|
|1989||BSc Civil Engineering (First Class Hons), University of Edinburgh|
Brexit is coming, a brand owner's checklist, Lexology, October 2020
Major advance on Brexit and pan-EU intellectual property rights , Practical Law, March 2018
The Implications of Brexit for Trade Mark Proprietors and Trade Mark Practitioners, GRUR Newsletter, January 2018
Kit Kat Shape Mark: Has The EU General Court Pre-Judged The UK Court Of Appeal? Lexology, February 2017
Colour combinations: getting back to WYSIWYG, Managing IP, October 2016
Of Purple Haze and Scrabble Plays: appeal court says "no" to fuzzy trade mark descriptions, IPKat blog, 6 October 2013
Protection of design classics and iconic 3D shapes in English courts, Intellectual Property Magazine May, 2016
PLC Updated Practice Note - Intellectual property issues relating to employees and consultants, LexisPSL Practice Notes on (1) Trade mark litigation in the High Court, (2) Madrid International Trade Mark System, (3) Parallel Imports, (4) Overview of the Community Trade Mark System, and (5) Anti-Counterfeiting and Customs Procedures in the UK, June 2017
Intellectual property issues relating to employees and consultants, PLC Updated Practice Note
Trade mark litigation in the High Court, LexisPSL Practice Note
Madrid International Trade Mark System, LexisPSL Practice Note
Parallel Imports, LexisPSL, Practice Note
Overview of the Community Trade Mark System, LexisPSL Practice Note
Anti-Counterfeiting and Customs Procedures in the UK, LexisPSL Practice Note
Tablet teachings: learning points from the latest Apple v Samsung decisions, World Trademark Review, 1 March 2013
Distinguish IP myths from reality, Managing IP, August 2010
Taylor Wessing Global Intellectual Property Index, Editor
|Executive Committee and Governing Council of MARQUES
International Trade Mark Association
Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Law Society's Intellectual Property Law Committee
Consultant on intellectual property matters at the Warner Textile Archive
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