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Margaret Briffa

Margaret advises on all aspects of intellectual property protection and enforcement with a particular emphasis on dispute resolution.

Boutique practice noted for portfolio management and rights strategy. Recommended also for its cost-effective and experienced litigation practice which handles cases involving all core rights before the EPO, the IPEC and the Court of Appeal. Well regarded for anti-counterfeiting actions and particularly noted for expert handling of registered Community designs disputes.

Work highlight
Represented Rattan Warehouse in a dispute concerning unregistered designs in relation to garden furniture.

Notable practitioner
Margaret Briffa is well known for representing small creative businesses in infringement litigation concerning all core rights, in particular trade marks and designs. She also advises on anti-counterfeiting strategies.”

The Legal 500 Legal Directory 2019
Margaret is recommended by The Legal 500.

“Briffa is noted for its track record acting for clients in fashion, food and drink, and technology sectors the team ‘really understands the creative industries‘. The ‘very personable and supremely knowledgeable‘ Margaret Briffa heads the practice, which includes Ralph Wehrle.”

Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 say of Margaret – 2018 “knows what she is talking about and is very diligent and measured in her approach ”

“Clients appreciate her commercial outlook and that she “doesn’t put you on the meter every time you call her.”

“is tough and adept at dealing with the most difficult and unpleasant opposition.” In addition, she “truly cares about her clients’ best interests”

Margaret is well known for her commercial approach to the most complex problems which delivers clients the business solution they want. While resolving disputes in the best way possible Margaret has represented clients in court on numerous design trade mark patent and copyright matters.

Leading cases which have set legal precedent in Intellectual Property include: –
Magmatic v PMS Group International Limited (The ‘Trunki’ case concerning ride on childrens’ suitcases where Margaret presented Trunki.

– Future New Developments v Green Lane Products v PMS International Limited

– Farmers Build v Carriers Bulk Handling Limited (2008)

– Parker v Tidball

– Norowzian v Arks & Guinness Brewing Worldwide

Background/qualifications: –
London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM 1985

– Fitzhugh Gates 1986-1987

– Admitted as a solicitor in 1987

– Boodle Hatfield – Intellectual Property Department 1987 to 1991

– Clifford Chance – Computer and telecommunication Department 1991 -1992

– Rouse and Co (now Willoughby & Partners) – Anti-counterfeiting 1992 to 1995

– Briffa – January 1995 to date.

The Law Society of England and Wales. Margaret is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

She is co-author of Law Society Publication ‘Design Law’ and writers of numerous articles on Intellectual Property. She regularly speaks at IP events where she delivers messages through case studies and humour.

Margaret says:
I have the perfect job. We work mainly directly with business owners to help them realise their business objectives. Clients rely on us for commercial sensible and cost effective advice. We are 100% behind them and able to deliver the support they need. There is immense satisfaction from seeing things work out well for clients and their business go from strength to strength. Our work challenges the perception that having lawyers on board is a ‘grudge purchase’ to one where we play a very important role in making tomorrow’s success stories.