Intangible Asset Director at Stobbs
Chris Sleep is an experienced IP litigator. Before joining Stobbs, he played a leading role in the IP team of a top 100 regional law firm, with a particular emphasis on brand protection and trademarks, designs, copyright and database rights.
He has supported enforcement strategies for world-leading brands (Harley-Davidson, Cambridge University, O2, Virgin, Pernod Ricard, Tesco, Cambridge University, Beiersdorf (Nivea), and Yahoo!) across multiple sectors (technology, broadcasting, publishing, digital media, e-commerce and retail, food and beverages, fast-moving consumers goods, fashion, sportswear, cosmetics and automotive).
Mr Sleep is proactively engaged with all aspects of the dispute from the initial stages through to trial (including in the High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and Court of Appeal).
Mr Sleep takes a practical and commercial approach, carefully managing cases to help achieve the intended result within predictable and manageable cost budgets and always within the context of wider commercial strategies. In this way, the enforcement action is tailored to meet a particular commercial objective.
Mr Sleep also has considerable expertise in advising on advertising regulations (both for broadcast and non-broadcast advertising), including claim substantiation, submitting or responding to Advertising Standards Authority complaints and appeals, often incorporating this expertise within a wider enforcement strategy.
Mr Sleep has been described by clients as “brilliant and proactive”, and praised for “his responsiveness, extensive IP experience, creativity, as well as his practical approach”.
Reported IP cases in which he was involved include the following:
- Beechwood House Publishing v Guardian Products – a leading database right infringement case regarding the extraction and reutilisation of healthcare data;
- Glencairn IP Holdings v Dartington Crystal – IPEC claim for infringement of a registered design for a distinctive and well-known whisky glass; and
- New Balance v Liverpool FC – High Court speedy trial on the construction of a matching right in a kit sponsorship contract.
Mr Sleep has been named as a Leading Individual for both Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment in The Legal 500 (2019, 2020), and is a ranked individual for Enforcement and Litigation in WTR 1000, the guide to the world’s leading trademark professionals published by World Trademark Review.