Ralph is a solicitor with 30 years of experience advising on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property and associated rights.
He has represented a wide variety of clients with infringement issues in various forums and is a staunch advocate of the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court and its strict cost regime.
He has set up and successfully implemented and evolved anti-counterfeiting programmes tailored to meet clients’ needs and budgets and, as part of that brought civil and criminal actions if and when appropriate.
Background & Qualifications
- Keble College Oxford B.A. (Jurisprudence) 1985
- Wilde Sapte (now Dentons) 1986-1988
- Bird & Bird 1990-1991
- Rouse and Co (now Willoughby & Partners) 1992 to 1995
- Briffa – 1995 to date.
Successfully representing Bodo Sperlein Limited in a copyright dispute in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court and despite it being heavily contested doing so within the Court’s strict cost regime securing the client the full recovery of its costs.
Leading cases that have set legal precedent in Intellectual Property include:
- Parker v Tidball
- Lambretta Clothing Co.Ltd v Teddy Smith Ltd
- Jules Rimet Cup Ltd v The Football Association Ltd
Memberships & Associations
- The Law Society of England and Wales
- The Law Society of Ireland
- Author of the CITMA Publication ‘Anti-Counterfeiting: Practice and Procedure’
“Working at Briffa is fantastic. You are at the proverbial intellectual property coal face: providing practical advice and assistance to great clients, seeing that protect and benefit their intellectual property rights and allowing their businesses to succeed and ultimately grow and be the best that they can be.
Our aim is to always resolve an infringement problem as swiftly and cost-effectively as possible so that the client can get on with doing what it does best: business. However, to the extent that further action is needed, we have a great team of clever and like-minded people committed to achieving a successful result.”
– Ralph Wehrle