Patrick Cantril is a partner and the head of intellectual property (IP) at Walker Morris. He has been involved extensively in advising and assisting companies, universities and other bodies on a wide range of matters relating to the identification, exploitation and enforcement of IP.
He also has substantial experience of handling and co-ordinating infringement and/or revocation actions and in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border litigation and has several High Court and Court of Appeal successes to his name.
In March 2010, the group succeeded in winning for its client more than £7,500,000 in damages — the largest award ever made by a UK court in a trademark infringement dispute — in the high-profile case of Hotel Cipriani v Cipriani Group.
Cantril has held a number of posts within IP-based organisations. For example, he is a past chairman of the Parallel Imports Committee of the International Trademark Association, the US-based major brand owners forum. He served on the Organising Committee for the international conference of the Licensing Executives Society, the international technology transfer forum that was held in London in June 2011. He has published articles extensively on IP and is frequently called upon to lecture on the subject in both the UK and overseas, most notably in recent years in China.
In recent editions of Chambers — A Guide To The UK Legal Profession, the Intellectual Property Group at Walker Morris was described as having ‘an amazingly accurate instinct for the way a case will go’ and Cantrill was referred to as ‘one of the individuals you give your heavy-duty work to’.
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