Michael advises on the enforcement and exploitation of all forms of intellectual property, as well as competition law issues which frequently arise in IP matters.
His clients hail from a variety of industry sectors, ranging from international fashion brands, multinational technology companies, computer games publishers, industrial and diversified product manufacturers and high-end interior furnishing retailers, to health food manufacturers, airline seat designers and cosmetics and toiletries suppliers.
Michael has litigated IP cases in the English High Court, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) (formerly the Patents County Court), the UK IPO and the EU IPO, as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union.
He also regularly advises clients on the commercial exploitation of their IP rights. In particular, he has significant experience advising on, drafting and negotiating international franchise agreements, licences and other forms of distribution agreement.
Having undertaken the course himself in 2009, Michael is now a visiting lecturer on the Oxford University Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice. He is also actively involved in a number of professional organisations, including UNION IP (of which he is a GB group Council member), the Competition Law Association (of which he is a Committee Member and National Reporter General) and CIPA.
Michael is a regular contributor to the Community Designs Handbook. He regularly speaks at conferences and professional association events and writes articles on topical intellectual property matters.
Prior to joining Wiggin Michael was a partner at Redd, having originally trained at Eversheds.