Mary Bagnall, Partner
Mary is the Head of Intellectual Property and specialises in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including trade marks, copyright and designs.
AboutMary is the Head of Intellectual Property and specialises in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including trade marks, copyright and designs. She has extensive experience in conducting trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings, copyright and design actions, trade mark registry proceedings in the UK and OHIM, and appeals to the UK courts and the Court of Justice of the EU, and in disputes involving confidential information and database rights. She also represents clients in Internet and domain name disputes including in ICANN, Nominet and Czech Arbitration Court proceedings and infringements on Internet auction sites, and in relation to advertising issues including complaints to the ASA, and issues involving comparative advertising and product denigration.
Mary assists a wide range of clients from the largest international brand owners to SMEs across diverse industries including fashion, retail, food and drink, sports, leisure, entertainment, technology and chemicals. She has particular expertise in the protection and enforcement of so-called non traditional trade marks, having being involved in a number of colour, shape and get up cases including the successful enforcement of the colour green for BP, in its landmark decision in Northern Ireland, the protection and enforcement of Lindt's Gold Bunny product in the UK, and most recently for Cadbury in its long running dispute with Nestle over the protection of Cadbury Purple in the Court of Appeal. Mary is currently involved in several complex multi jurisdictional trade mark disputes, including for high profile brand owners in the communications, manufacturing, and sports industries.
She is an active member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the International Trademark Association, and speaks regularly on brand issues, notably at events for the luxury brands industry. Mary is recognised as a trade mark expert by Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite 2019.
Mary is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Advising on the protection of non-traditional trade marks including single colours, combinations of colours, shapes, and packaging get up, including for Cadbury in its long running dispute with Nestle over the protection of Cadbury Purple
- Advising a global sports brand in relation to pan European trade mark disputes
- Advising on and implementing brand clearance, protection and enforcement strategies for a number of household brands, SMEs, and family businesses
- Conducting multiple trade mark opposition, revocation and cancellation proceedings in the UK and OHIM for a specialist communications business
- Defending trade mark infringement proceedings for a household name in the leisure industry
Mary Bagnall writes for Intellectual Property Magazine on the government’s consultation document on the future regime for exhaustion of UK IP rights
The UK government has published its consultation document on the future regime for exhaustion of UK IP rights.
Diversification of landed estates – a trade mark lawyer’s advice...
Mary looks at the diversification of landed estates and offers her expert advice from a trade mark perspective
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Canadian toymaker Spin Master on acquisition of iconic Rubik’s Cube®
The Rubik's Cube® became a commercial success after it launched globally in 1980.
Retail Recovery: Brand Protection, Intellectual Property & Brexit
The team discuss brand protection, intellectual property and the relevance of Brexit.
Update on deadlines in light of COVID-19
The Intellectual Property team offer an update on relevant deadlines in light of COVID-19.
Trade mark scam - New style of fake EUIPO requests for payment
The Intellectual Property team outline what you should do if you have been impacted by a scam involving fake EUIPO decision notifications.
Intellectual Property update: COVID-19
Charlotte Duly joins Charles Russell Speechlys as Head of Brand Protection
Brand protection specialist Charlotte Duly joins the firm's Intellectual Property Group
Charles Russell Speechlys advises Moore Stephens International on its global brand protection project, rebrand and corporate restructuring
Charles Russell Speechlys advised Moore Stephens International Ltd on its global reorganisation operated through Moore Global Network Ltd.
Mary Bagnall writes for CITMA Review on the ongoing battle to protect Cadbury Purple
Charles Russell Speechlys advises on sale of the Zenium Group to CyrusOne
Zenium is a leading hyperscale data center provider in Europe.
Brexit: Implications for Intellectual Property
Britain votes to leave the EU: The implications for your business and your sector
Today is a historical milestone: The UK has voted to leave the European Union in a country-wide referendum.