Michael Gardner takes us through the frosty depths of the ongoing trademark dispute between frozen food giant Iceland Foods and Nordic island nation the Republic…Read More
Michael Gardner's Service Teams
- Intellectual Property & Commercial
- Information Technology
- Intellectual Property
- Data Protection Solicitors
- Competition Law
Michael Gardner leads the IP team and is a seasoned litigator with experience handling cases involving all major rights. Sources remark on his "keen sense of what the client wants from the case."
Chambers UK, 2017
Michael Gardner leads the IP team and focuses on contentious matters involving all non-patent rights. "He is a perfect mixture of measured aggressiveness and commercial pragmatism - a top IP litigator," say sources.
Chambers UK, 2016
Sources commend his 'excellent commercial advice' and his acute tactical sense.
Chambers UK, 2015
Michael Gardner provides 'excellent commercial advice' to clients, who also credit him as 'a very strong tactical player'. His clientele includes a number of major brands, and he recently acted for Tesco in its trade mark case against Jean Scene.
Chambers UK, 2014
Michael Gardner is 'fantastic, unbelievably responsive', and 'in a class of his own; he treats your problems as if they are his own'.
Legal 500, 2010
Michael Gardner has 'the right level of aggression in litigation and extremely good judgement'. He is also admired for 'really having clients' interests at heart, treating them all equally, however big or small they are'.
Chambers UK, 2009
Michael advises clients in relation to disputes involving commercial, IT and in particular intellectual property matters. This includes trade marks, passing off, copyright, databases, designs, patents , confidential information, privacy and disputes involving IT contracts.
Michael is experienced in all forms of IP dispute resolution including litigation in the High Court and IPEC including the obtaining of urgent injunctive relief. His practice includes anti-counterfeiting work (including in the online space) and advising on parallel imports. He also advises on brand protection generally and conduct trade mark prosecution work and domain name dispute resolution.
He has recently been widely quoted in the national press and appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain discussing the celebrity privacy super injunction.
- Bringing claims for trade mark infringement and passing off against online-based financial services company;
- Obtaining urgent injunctive relief for an overseas based client to restrain breaches of confidential information by a former employee;
- Defending claims of trade mark infringement against a telecommunications provider;
- Bringing claims for breach of contract on behalf of a web development company against its customer;
- Bringing and defending trade mark opposition proceedings before both the UK and European Union Intellectual Property Offices; and
- Defending retailer against registered and unregistered design infringement claims
Michael joined Wedlake Bell in 1993 and qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He became a partner in 2001 and head of the IP team in 2005.
Michael is author of The Bright Idea Handbook published by Which? – a guide for would-be entrepreneurs on how to protect IP rights, author of the IP chapters in the advertising industry's trade publication AdLaw published by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.
Articles & Comment
08 Dec, 2016 | Michael Gardner
17 Nov, 2016 | Michael Gardner
Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring show The Grand Tour will launch on Amazon Prime tomorrow. However, as the launch date has drawn closer, there has been much comment…Read More
16 Aug, 2016 | Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner talks to Sky News regarding Marvin Gaye's estate suing Ed Sheeran for stealing core elements of Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit 'Lets Get It On'. Click the…Read More
30 Jul, 2015 | Michael Gardner
The Guardian asks Michael Gardner to share his thoughts on the Jane Birkin/Hermes dispute.Read More
31 Mar, 2015 | Michael Gardner
The Court of Appeal has issued a potentially important ruling in the Vidal Hall v Google internet privacy case that could have significant implications for all organisations…Read More