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 trademark team. He helps clients grow obscure brands into well-known entities. Through assisting with several private equity buy-outs, Mr Cumming has developed a broad spectrum of skills across areas including the usual clearance, filing, portfolio management and opposition work, and also more specialist skills such as licensing and due diligence.

Mr Cumming represents clients in the English High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, as well as before the UK and EU registries and appointed person in relation to IP disputes. He also works with leading fashion brands to develop and implement anti-counterfeiting strategies, which often involves complex cross-border litigation.

Mr Cumming has presented around the world to groups including the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys, INTA and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys on a variety of topics such as 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.

Professional associations

  • CITMA
  • INTA
  • Law Society

Firm details

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

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