Robert Cumming

Partner at Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Robert Cumming is a trademark specialist who represents market-leading brands worldwide. His expertise lies in brand strategy and planning for long-term business success.

Mr Cumming is dual-qualified as a chartered trademark attorney and English solicitor and leads the Appleyard Lees IP LLP trademark team.

In 2007 Mr Cumming began working with one of his clients to help it to grow from an obscure start-up brand into the branding holy grail of ‘well-known’ status. This transition included assisting with several private equity buyouts. He has accordingly accrued a wealth of useful skills across a broad spectrum of areas, including the usual clearance, filing, portfolio management and opposition work, as well as skills which he has acquired during corporate mergers and restructuring, such as licensing and due diligence.

On the disputes side, Mr Cumming represents clients in the English High Court as well as the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and before the appointed person.

Mr Cumming also works with leading fashion brands in developing and implementing anti-counterfeiting strategies. This often involves complex cross-border litigation for the optimum outcome.

Mr Cumming has presented globally for Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys, International Trademark Association and International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys as well as private course providers on a variety of topics, including brand valuation, intellectual property and the fashion industry, intellectual property and the retail sector, intellectual property and insolvency, and brand management on social media. He recently chaired INTA’s Judicial Administration and Trademark Litigation Subcommittee.

Mr Cumming began his legal career in 2003 and moved to Appleyard Lees IP LLP in 2013, having trained and qualified at a large commercial law firm.

Professional associations

  • CITMA
  • FICPI
  • INTA

Firm details

Appleyard Lees IP LLP
6th Floor
1 East Parade
Leeds LS1 2AD
United Kingdom

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