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Sarah Cook Senior Associate

What they say

"Sarah has helped us to successfully resolve several disputes. She responds quickly, simplifies legal jargon and is proactive and innovative in her approach. Importantly, I find her down to earth and easy to work with."

Rebecca Pearson, Head of Ladies Buying at Office

Sarah, a Senior Associate in the Brighton-based TMT Dispute Resolution group, handles a wide range of commercial, intellectual property and technology disputes

Sarah has particular expertise in designs, trade marks, and copyright and has experience of handling matters in the High Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and the Technology and Construction Court. Recently, she has acted on a number of cases in the High Court regarding ex-employees and the mis-use of confidential information.

Sarah also advises on advertising and comparative advertising campaigns and disputes and other regulatory matters captured in the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008.

Work examples

  • Xena Systems Limited v. (1) Cantideck (2) Conquip Industrial, Patents County Court, [2013] Acting for Xena Systems Limited against Cantideck and Conquip Industrial in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court for infringement of a patent relating to rolling platforms and the subsequent damages inquiry.  This was the first reported case was the staged costs cap was lifted.
  • London Borough of Croydon v Austin Hogarth [2011] EWHC 1126 (QB), 5 April 2011 (unreported).  Acting for London Borough of Croydon, applied to the Mercantile Court for an injunction under regulation 15 of the Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 against a husband and wife team, in order to restrain their misleading advertising activities.
  • Acting for a specialist recruitment agency who became aware that several of its ex employees had taken its confidential information (comprising candidate and client contact details) and were using it to unfairly compete with our client. Successfully applied for and obtained a High Court search order and interim injunction against the ex employees and the new company they had formed.
  • Acting for a company specialising in Geotechnic Engineering, in the Technology and Construction Court, in relation to work carried out at Sizewell Power Station. This was a breach of contract claim where a hefty, yet unsubstantiated, counterclaim was made.  Settled the claim by mediation three weeks before the trial was due to start.
  • Working with Office Holdings Limited, the well known high street footwear retailer, to prevent its cutting-edge designs being copied by other retailers and online outfits.
  • Private prosecution brought on behalf of Navteq BV in relation to a habitual infringer who was distributing and offering for a sale infringing copies of Navteq BV’s digital map database contrary to sections 107(1)(d)(iv) and section 107(1)(d)(ii) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.  The defendant was fined and ordered to pay costs.

Sarah's memberships and associations

  • Federation Against Software Theft
  • Law Europe International

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