Colin Sawdy is an intellectual property solicitor specialising in trade marks, copyright and designs. He heads Howard Kennedy's Trade Marks practice.

Colin's practice focuses on international trade mark and design clearance, prosecution and portfolio management. He manages the filing and defence of opposition, revocation and invalidity actions, as well as, negotiates settlements and coexistence agreements. Colin regularly enforces clients' rights by way of dispute resolution and coordinating litigation in the UK and abroad. He is experienced in anti-counterfeiting matters and advises on, as well as, drafts intellectual property commercial agreements.

Colin assists clients with copyright and domain name matters, ranging from securing the protection of such rights through to their commercialisation and enforcement against infringing third parties.

He routinely advises clients in both written and spoken Japanese on a wide range of intellectual property matters, and regularly gives presentations in Japanese at industry events. He speaks, reads and writes Japanese fluently, having majored in Japanese language and culture as an undergraduate at university. He lived in Japan for over four years.

As a dual-qualified UK solicitor and US attorney at law, Colin provides strategic advice to clients seeking to protect intellectual property rights internationally. He is licensed to practise in the state of Illinois, having worked in the IP departments of international law firms in Chicago for a number of years.

Colin advises clients across a wide range of industries including computer games, financial services, technology, entertainment, media, character merchandising, cosmetics, fashion, art, sport, consumer electronics, household products, online retail, leisure and pharmaceuticals.

Recent work
  • Managing trade mark portfolios for leading multinational corporations, involving clearance searches, prosecuting applications and handling numerous oppositions and cancellation actions throughout the UK, European Union and worldwide.
  • Negotiating global settlement agreements relating to trade mark disputes for computer games, technology and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Advising computer games companies on the protection and commercialisation of rights in new releases.
  • Protect and enforce rights in artworks internationally.
  • Managing and advising on trade mark disputes in the US.
  • Coordinating and drafting documentation for large international assignment and recordation programs.
  • Conducting intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions.
  • Enforcing trade mark rights against infringing counterfeit imports.
  • Negotiating and securing the acquisition of intellectual property rights internationally.
  • Listed as a Key Lawyer, TMT (Technology, Media, Telecommunications): Media and Entertainment (including media finance), Legal 500 2022
  • World Trademark Review 1000 2020
  • "Colin's research skills make him an excellent resource. He is a disputes and anti-counterfeiting practitioner with a global mindset." World Trademark Review 1000 2020
Did you know
Colin has a keen interest in Japanese culture and studies traditional Japanese arts.


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