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Jessie Bowhill

 


Year of call: 2003

Singled out by the Directories for “her expertise in copyright cases” Jessie is the foremost junior dealing in musical intellectual property cases. High profile music cases include Fisher v Brooker, a case concerning ownership of the musical copyright in the 1967 hit song “A Whiter Shade of Pale” where Jessie appeared in the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords (as it then was) for Gary Brooker and his record company; and Peer Music v Termidor & Editoria Musica de Cuba, a case concerning the rights to the compositions of various well-known Cuban composers and, in particular, the ownership of the reversionary interests. Jessie is currently representing an internationally renowned singer/songwriter in a major copyright dispute involving one of the biggest British hit songs from the late 1970s.

While her ability as a musician (Jessie trained as a classical pianist and chose the Bar over a career as a concert pianist) gives her a significant edge in musical copyright cases, Jessie also regularly represents broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, academics, artists and well known individuals in copyright and related claims more widely. A recent example includes acting for ITV in a claim relating to liability for on-line streaming of free-to-air tv broadcasts and the interpretation of “communication to the public” (ITV v TV Catchup).

Jessie has extensive experience of copyright disputes relating to television formats having acted for among others Simon Cowell in the Pop Idol/ X factor litigation, and ITV in a claim relating to the format of "The Only Way is Essex"("TOWIE").  Jessie is currently involved in a TV format dispute that is being tipped by the industry press as “the highest profile copycat dispute to become public”, while earlier in the year Jessie represented the rights owner at a mediation in Geneva under the new WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media.

Other recent copyright trials of significance include Mitchell v British Broadcasting Corporation, where Jessie appeared as sole Counsel for the BBC in a dispute over the designs for a group of characters in the animated children’s TV programme "Kerwhizz"; and University of Southampton & Howlett v Mohtasham, a three week harassment and malicious falsehood trial arising out of allegations of copyright infringement made against leading academics in the field of nuclear non-proliferation.

Jessie has an extensive trade marks practice, appearing regularly in the Trade Marks Registry and appeals to the Appointed Person, as well as in appeals to the General Court. Clients have included BskyB, VISA, The Union, the proprietors of the ZARA clothing brand, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the proprietors of the FABERGE brand, Sony, Burberry, Monsoon, Barclays, Virgin and B&Q. Recent trials of note include Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell (Grantham) Ltd, a 5 day trade mark infringement and passing off trial in the High Court relating to pet food, where Jessie appeared as sole Counsel for the successful Defendant. Other recent trade mark trials include NOCN v OCN Credit4Learning (a case involving education charities); IPC v Media 10, a trade mark trial concerning concurrent rights, and Fine & Country Ltd & Ors v Okotoks Ltd & Ors where Jessie acted for a chain of well known estate agents in a two week trial in the High Court.

In the field of designs Jessie’s cases have covered designer clothing, footwear, bottles, airline seats, plastic salad bowls, machinery for making pizzas, fan coil units, conservatories and a straw for turning milk into flavoured milk upon use. Jessie recently won a convincing victory for the Claimant (as sole counsel) in a trial concerning the designs of plastic lockers (Action Storage v Fletcher Europe).


Patent highlights include appearing before the House of Lords in Conor v Angiotech, where she acted for the comptroller in the patentee's appeal against the revocation of a patent relating to taxol-coated stents for the treatment of restenosis. In further patent highlights she acted in an entitlement action in the field of gas injection moulding - a complex case that had been ongoing for 20 years and raised issues such as res judicata, limitation, breach of confidence, fraud and perjury (Cinpres v Melea). Jessie was successful in that case in obtaining worldwide freezing injunctions against the defendant and third parties, acting as sole Counsel. Jessie has experience of the Irish High Court, having appeared in a two-week patent infringement trial concerning Lipitor, the world's largest selling pharmaceutical (Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited v Warner Lambert Company).

Jessie appears regularly in the applications court and is experienced in obtaining without notice search orders and freezing orders, including orders against persons unknown ("John Doe" Orders).

Recent Activity

» Action Storage Systems Ltd v G-Force Europe & anr
» NOCN (Formerly National Open College Network) v Open College Network Credit4Learning [2015] EWHC 2667 (IPEC) (25 September 2015)
» Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell & Co (Grantham) Ltd [2015] EWHC 256 (Ch)
» IPC Media Ltd v Media 10 [2013]EWHC 3796 (IPEC)
» ITV Broadcasting Ltd v TVCatchup Ltd, Case C-607/11

What the Directories Say

"She provides really objective advice and has a great attention to detail." "She is a fierce advocate who is very intelligent, straight-talking and no-nonsense"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

"Recommended for disputes involving the film, television and publishing industries"
Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

"An accomplished all-rounder with regard to IP matters, whose practical bent was remarked upon by a number of sources. She is particuarly well thought of for copyright, trade mark and passing-off disputes"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Offers no-nonsense commercial advice." "She is extremely knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Highly experienced in matters involving music, television and film"
Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

"Singled out for her expertise in copyright matters"
Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015

Best known for her representations in high-profile media and entertainment copyright cases. She also has an extensive practice in trade marks, designs and patents. "Very thorough, responsive and good with clients.”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

The “responsive and helpful” Jessie Bowhill is racking up an impressive track record before the High Court and national trademark registry, with a sizeable copyrights practice to boot, particularly in the music industry.
World Trademark Review 2015

 

 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • "She provides really objective advice and has a great attention to detail." "She is a fierce advocate who is very intelligent, straight-talking and no-nonsense"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "Recommended for disputes involving the film, television and publishing industries"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

    "An accomplished all-rounder with regard to IP matters, whose practical bent was remarked upon by a number of sources. She is particuarly well thought of for copyright, trade mark and passing-off disputes"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Offers no-nonsense commercial advice." "She is extremely knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Highly experienced in matters involving music, television and film"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

    "Singled out for her expertise in copyright matters"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015

    Best known for her representations in high-profile media and entertainment copyright cases. She also has an extensive practice in trade marks, designs and patents. "Very thorough, responsive and good with clients.”
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    The “responsive and helpful” Jessie Bowhill is racking up an impressive track record before the High Court and national trademark registry, with a sizeable copyrights practice to boot, particularly in the music industry.
    World Trademark Review 2015