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A family-run business has defeated global drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline in a dispute over an over-the-counter painkiller in a case advised on by our IP team.

Commercial law firm Brabners has appointed two specialist intellectual property professionals from Hill Dickinson.

Brabners is proud to announce its partnership with Launch, a new tech co-working space at The Landing in MediaCityUK. Launch is a new space which has opened within The Landing and is aimed at supporting start-up and scale-up businesses in the North West, with a particular focus on VR, AR and IoT businesses.

As a professional mentor at Launch, Brabners will be running workshops, masterclasses and having one-on-one chats with the tenants with a view to guiding them through their growth from small, ambitious companies into large, successful businesses.

Brabners’ IP lawyer Colin Bell spoke to BBC Radio 4 last night as one of the world’s most successful recording artists, Ed Sheeran, faces a second legal battle over allegations of plagiarism. The allegation is being made by the family of the co-author of the Marvin Gaye hit ‘Let’s Get It On’, claiming that key parts of the song are copied in Sheeran’s single ‘Thinking Out Loud’. He is currently being sued by two other song writers over alleged similarities.

Leading North West law firm Brabners has advised Lowe Riser Pod Limited and Lowe Engineering (Steel Construction) Limited in reaching a satisfactory and amicable settlement of a patent dispute.

The patent dispute involved a product called a Lowe Riser Pod, which is a pod/cover assembly which protects against falls in riser shafts in multi-storey buildings under construction.

North West law firm Brabners has made up one Partner, five Senior Associates and two Associates in its annual round of promotions.

International Festival for Business (IFB) delegates will have the opportunity to hear the expert views of some of the leading lawyers from the intellectual property sector when Brabners’ conference, Going Global - Managing and Protecting Intellectual Property Online, takes place in Liverpool this month.

New Exceptions to Copyright Law

The government are making a series of changes to copyright law to modernise the current legislation.  The changes are intended to introduce greater freedoms to allow third parties to use copyright works for a range of “economically or socially valuable purposes” without the need to seek the original owner’s permission.  The changes will therefore have an impact on how the contents in books, music, films and photographs can be used.

If you would like more information on top level domain names or how we can help you with any requirements you may have please do not hesitate to contact either: Hayley Hall on 0151 600 3466 or by email, or Colin Bell on 0151 600 3281 or by email

You can follow the Brabners Commercial/IP Team on Twitter: @BrabnersIPCom

New top level domain names are now becoming available including: .solutions, .computer, .support, .training, .systems, .company and .international. Trade mark owners should consider recording their rights and/or buying corresponding domain names in the light of the new system.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), (a private, not-for-profit Corporation responsible for managing the domain name system for the benefit of the Internet as a whole) have begun the process of releasing new top level domain names (TLD) on a rolling basis.