Ralph Wehrle

Solicitor and Partner.

Ralph is a partner who primarily advises on resolving intellectual property disputes as well as commercial matters with an intellectual property element.

He has experience of all intellectual property rights and has undertaken domain name disputes under the ICANN arbitration procedure, anti-counterfeiting operations both in the UK and abroad and, where necessary, litigation representing clients from the Trade Mark Registry through the civil and criminal courts to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and from seeking urgent interim relief through trials to damage and costs assessments and appeals.

Ralph now frequently acts in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) where he puts its procedures and strict cost regime to best advantage and has recently been involved in trials to protect and enforce patents and copyrights. He represents clients in a range of sectors including fashion, design, media and the professions.

Background/qualifications:

University of Oxford – B.A. Law
College of Law Guildford – Law Society Finals
Wilde Sapte (now Dentons) – trainee
Bird and Bird
Rouse & Co
Memberships:
Law Society of England and Wales
Accolades or recent publications
Author on ITMA’s practical guide to counterfeiting

Ralph says ; –

“Having begun my legal career in a large city firm assisting on massive financial deals, I came to realise that my preference lay in more direct contact with clients undertaking more hands on work in intellectual property. As an intellectual property lawyer you are constantly exposed to all sorts of interesting concepts and creativity and I love dealing with and helping creative people make the most of their talents by enabling them to refine and develop their ideas to the fullest potential. Helping rights owners protect their ideas and, as part of that, stopping others trespassing on those ideas provides the time and space to allow for such development and means that you can accompany them on that journey”.

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