Beth Collett

CALL: 2016

Since joining chambers in 2018, Beth has been instructed in matters in the High Court, IPEC (including the IPEC small claims track), the UKIPO and the commercial court in the Queen’s Bench Division.

Beth specialises in all areas of intellectual property law including patents, trade marks, copyright, and design rights, and related areas of contract law, breach of confidence and commercial matters.

  • Experience

    Patents & SPCs

    Beth spent 5 months on secondment in the Patent Department of an international Law firm, working on the pre-action phase of global patent litigation involving a medical device patent.

    Beth is currently instructed as a junior in a patent case involving fire extinguishing technology.

    • Howarth Air Technology v Medical Air Technology – Beth is instructed as Mark Chacksfield QC’s junior in this medical devices patents case.
    • The Eyebag Company v TPC Marketing Ltd et Ors Beth acted for the defendants in this patent, trade mark and passing off case in the High Court relating to a self-heating eye mask product.

    ­As a pupil Beth assisted on a number of High Court patent trials, including: Parainan Pearl Shipping v KGJS [2018] EWHC 2628 (Pat), Cantel Medical v Arc [2018] EWHC 345 (Pat) and Liqwd v L’Oreal [2018] EWHC 1394 (Pat).

     

    Copyright & Databases

    Beth regularly advises on copyright matters, and has recently advised on the copyright in films, photography, architectural drawings, newspaper articles, music, and in wills.

    She is currently acting for the Universal Music Group on a case relating to the infringement of copyright in photographs.

    Beth regularly advises members of the National Union of Journalists on queries relating to copyright ownership, infringement and quantum.

    • Barber v Newsquest Beth acted for the defendant in this case concerning an assessment of quantum relating to copyright infringement.
    • Sky v Falzon Beth recently acted for the Claimant in a case concerning copyright infringement of encrypted Sky Sports programmes.

    As a pupil, Beth assisted Jessie Bowhill in preparing for the Moylett v Geldof  trial which was listed for 15 days and concerned ownership of the copyright in the hit song “I Don’t Like Mondays”, and assisted Ashton Chantrielle and Simon Malynicz QC in Martin v Kogan [2017] EWHC 2927 (IPEC).

     

    Trade marks & Brands

    Beth regularly advises on trade mark and passing off matters in the IPEC, High Court and UKIPO, involving both UK and EU Trade Marks.

    She has also worked on a multimillion-pound worldwide freezing injunction and search order in relation to counterfeit goods, and has advised on comparative advertising in trade mark cases.

    • University Academy 92 v Brendan Flood et Ors Beth is acting as junior to Charlotte May QC in this trade mark and passing off claim, involving proceedings in the High Court and Trade Mark Registry.
    • Fit Kitchen v ScratchBeth recently acted for the defendant in this trade mark and passing off IPEC trial.
    • Hewlett Packard v Digital Devices ­– Beth is acting for the Claimants in this trade mark and breach of contract case, involving interim applications for summary judgment.
    • J Comm Limited v Out In SpA Beth acted as a junior in this commercial dispute in the QBD in which the Defendant counterclaimed for trade mark infringement and passing off.
    • Easy Group v Easy Rimborso Beth acted for the defendant in this trade mark and passing off case against the Easy Group.
    • Debt Collection Bailiffs Ltd v Integra et ors Beth acted for the Claimants in this passing off case, in which the Claimants obtained summary judgment.
    • Saunders v Stiffy’s ShotsBeth acted for the defendant in this IPEC small claims trade mark trial, which resulted in the Claimants’ mark being declared invalid.

    Beth regularly advises on matters in the UKIPO, recently including an Appeal to the Appointed Person for the Scottish Stock Exchange and an application for security for costs for Millennium Nails.

    As a pupil, Beth assisted on a number of cases, including: Walton v Verweij [2018] EWHC 1608 (Ch) with Charlotte May QC and Jaani Riordan in a trial concerning genuine use and targeting of trade mark, and Cartier International v British Telecoms & Ors [2018] UKSC 28 where Charlotte May QC and Jaani Riordan acted for the internet service providers in the Supreme Court.

     

    Design Rights

    Beth regularly advises in design right cases, and those involving a crossover of copyright and design right infringement.

    • Brainstorm Ltd v Green Field Toys Ltd – Beth is acting for the Defendant in their defence of breach of contract and counterclaim for infringement of design rights in various toy designs. 
    • Kojac Fashion Accessories v Peacock Stores Beth acted for the Defendant in this case involving the overlap of design rights and  copyright infringement and the consideration of section 51 of the CDPA.

    As a pupil, Beth assisted Ashton Chantrielle in Madine v Phillips [2017] EWHC 3268 (IPEC) in relation to design rights in a wedding dress as featured in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

     

  • Education & awards
    • BA (Hons), History and Politics, Mansfield College Oxford (2014)
    • Lord Denning Scholarship Award
    • Accommodation Award Lincoln’s Inn
    • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship
    • BPP Law School Pro Bono Award
  • Professional memberships
    • Lincoln’s Inn
    • Chancery Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Bar Association
  • Hobbies & interests

    Beth is a keen advocate for access to the bar, and is active in the education department of Lincoln’s Inn. Outside law, she enjoys playing squash and coxing.

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