John Colbourn

John has a broad practice covering all aspects of intellectual property and related issues, with particular focus on trade marks and copyright.

John’s practice encompasses 360• of brand management and protection, from advising on risk of using new brands or expanding existing use, through protection through registrations, including management on a global basis, to enforcement in appropriate forums and jurisdictions.

He has advised in numerous trade mark and passing off disputes and has significant experience running multi-matter enforcement programs against misuse of trade marks and copyright works, both domestically and managing and coordinating parallel actions  overseas, and in relation to parallel imports and exhaustion of rights. His work also covers trade mark prosecution and portfolio management, including related strategic advice to align protection with commercial priorities and cost/benefit analysis.

John manages and advises on both UK and international brand portfolios for a number of well known brands in a variety of sectors, and in particular on complex issues involving of disputes, enforcement, and filing strategies in multiple jurisdictions.

John has acted in the High Court, Patents Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and the UK IPO and the EUIPO (including appeals to the General Court of the EU) and the European Court of Justice. He has coordinated customs enforcement actions to prevent counterfeit goods entering the UK and international online takedown programs. John uses digital tools where available to gain insight into infringement activity on a flab also basis , to help clients prioritise action and resource allocation.

In 2007 John completed the Bristol University Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice. In 2010 John won the AIPPI national award for the best young contribution for his work in relation to trade mark dilution laws.

He is actively involved in a number of professional organisations, including INTA, CITMA, MARQUES and PTMG. He is presently a member of the MARQUES Geographical Indications team and joins the INTA Parallel Import committee. John has regularly led seminars and talks for clients on IP topics including: the systems and procedures of the English IP courts; copyright exceptions; and, updates on trade mark law. He regularly writes case reports for the CITMA Review, the INTA Bulletin.

Prior to joining Wiggin, John worked at Redd.