Walker Morris

United Kingdom (England)

Head Office Address:
33 Wellington Street
Leeds LS1 4DL
United Kingdom (England)


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Partner & Head of Intellectual Property: Alan Harper
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Quick facts:

Firm - Year of Establishment: 1893
Number of Partners: 1
Total Number of IP Practitioners: 8
Languages Spoken at the Firm: English
Network Memberships: INTA, CITMA

The award winning Intellectual Property Department at Walker Morris is a full-service IP practice. The team provides complete support across the full scope of intellectual property rights. We also advise on a broad range of issues ranging from complex disputes, global IP portfolio management to IP transactions.

The team has in depth experience in sectors such as food and drink, retail and leisure, manufacturing, sport, health and beauty, life sciences and financial services. We use this experience to support our clients with their individual needs. We adopt a collaborative approach to the way we work with our clients and get to understand our client's, their business and sector to ensure we provide the best possible advice. We put our clients at the centre of what we do and seek to build partnerships with our clients, and we endeavour to build strong and long-lasting relationships. We are proud of the many enduing relationships we have.

We apply our specialist knowledge to support clients across a wide range of IP issues and scenarios. In relation to our contentious work, we act for clients in IP disputes concerning, patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright, designs, domain disputes and confidential information. Regarding our non-contentious work, we regularly support clients with the capture and commercialisation of intellectual property including licensing, IP acquisitions and research and development agreements. We also provide day to day advice to businesses advising them on best practice for the protection and treatment of the IP in their business. Additionally, we support an array of clients with the management of their intellectual property portfolios. We provide strategic advice and assist with planning and budgeting for their portfolios. We also provide brand evaluation, trade mark clearance and filing, representation relating to contentious trade mark and design matters.

Key IP Areas

Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Patent, Patent contentious, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution

Key Sector Expertise

Advertising, Artificial intelligence, Automotive, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, Aerospace, Arts, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Financial services, FMCG, Food & beverage, Gaming, Furniture, Hospitality & leisure, Industrials, Internet, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Sports, Retail

At Walker Morris, our success as a business depends on the wellbeing of our people, clients and our communities, and we must play our part in tackling society’s biggest challenges.

Our ESG Steering Committee is made up of our Managing Partner, General Counsel, Head of Facilities, Marketing & BD Director and a partner. They meet every month, and their activity and recommendations are a standing Board agenda item. Our Positive Impact Report, which we produce every year and publish on our website, focuses on continuous improvement by setting out what we plan to do in the coming year. This holds us publicly accountable, the ambitions in the report form our ESG Steering Committee's agenda.

Our ESG approach involves balancing the interests of our clients ,colleagues, suppliers, the local community and relevant regulatory bodies – and focuses on three key areas:

1. Environmental sustainability, minimising our impact on the environment, reducing our carbon emissions, and working with others to promote climate action and the transition to a net zero economy.

2. Promoting a diverse, inclusive and supportive working environment, which offers professional and development opportunities to all our people and contributes to the wellbeing of our local communities.

3. The highest standards of governance, compliance and responsible, ethical business practices.

We also help our clients with their own programmes for ESG, renewable energy and net zero projects and responsible business. Our energy lawyers help clients deliver renewable energy, energy efficiency and low carbon projects.