Peter Houlihan


Peter has more than twenty years’ experience in all aspects of trade mark law, and has particular expertise in handling contentious matters, before both IP offices and the courts.

His practice ranges from conducting trade mark searches for clients, prior to brand launch, managing their registration programmes, and counselling them on the exploitation and enforcement of the trade rights they have obtained.

His recent work has focused on cases in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (a court designed specifically to cater for small to medium sized enterprises with IP disputes) but his experience includes:

  • managing proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a registration dispute between a shopping arcade and a German brand owner;
  • conducting trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings, on behalf of a Swiss/German consumer product manufacturer, against a UK department store;
  • representing a Singapore-based magazine proprietor in proceedings against a UK website operator;
  • acting for a German engineering firm in proceedings to prevent parallel import into the EU of its vehicle accessories;
  • representing a US brand owner in an action against a reseller of infringing DVDs on an online auction site;
  • acting for a US banking corporation in proceedings against a UK financial trading company;
  • acting for a US banking corporation, on appeal to the courts, in a registration dispute with a UK company;
  • representing a UK brand owner in a dispute with a UK supermarket using allegedly “lookalike” packaging on its own brand goods;
  • assisting a UK sports company, with a handful of employees, in a registration dispute with one of the UK’s largest supermarkets.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and currently contributes the UK chapter to the Trademarks Law Review published by Law Business Research Limited.

Additional information

Partner 2017


Trade marks & designs
Domain Names
Court Procedures


BA Classics, St John’s College, Oxford
LLB Law (1st class), Birkbeck, University of London
IP Litigation and IP Advocacy Course, Nottingham Law School
Registered Trade Mark Attorney 2002
Higher Courts Litigation Certificate 2013
Irish Trade Mark Agent



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