Jessie Bowhill

CALL: 2003
Jessie is a leading IP Junior with a particular expertise in media and entertainment, who is highly rated as a “fierce advocate” and as providing “no-nonsense commercial advice”.

She focuses in particular on copyright, trade marks and passing off, design right and breach of confidence, representing musicians, broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, academics, artists and well known individuals across all of these areas.  Her previous training as a classical pianist gives her the edge in musical copyright cases and she has become the go-to Junior in this area of law.

Jessie is described in the legal directories as being “very good on her feet, doesn’t pull her punches and keeps opposing counsel on their toes” (Chambers & Partners 2019) and as being “personable, easy to work with, diligent and technically excellent” (Legal 500 2019).

  • Experience

    Media, Sport & Entertainment

    Jessie’s considerable expertise as a classical pianist gives her the edge in musical copyright cases and she has become the go-to Junior in this area of law.  Recent high profile music cases have seen Jessie acting for Sir Bob Geldof (“I Don’t Like Mondays”), Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”), and Gary Brooker (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).  As well as musicians Jessie also regularly represents newspapers, broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, artists and other well known individuals in entertainment matters, Brian Belo v Lime Pictures (a dispute over the format of the hit dramality soap TOWIE) and 19TV v Simon Cowell (a dispute over the format of Pop Idol and X Factor) being examples.

    1. Sheeran & ors v Chokri & ors (2018): Authorship dispute over aspects of the music of “Shape of You”.
    2. Moylett v Geldof & anr (2016-2018): Authorship dispute over the music (and some of the lyrics) of “I Don’t Like Mondays”.
    3. Reach Plc v News Group Newspapers Ltd (2018): Action to protect the exclusivity of an article and associated video footage of Jamie Carragher first published in the Daily Mirror, and the ability of the Daily Mirror to obtain damages over and above the licence fee that would have been paid for the rights in the video prior to publication.
    4. Londongrad Limited v BBC & ors (2018): Format dispute concerning the TV series “McMafia”.
    5. Brian Belo & ors v Lime Pictures Ltd and ITV Plc (2013): Format dispute concerning The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE).
    6. IPC v Media 10 Ltd [2-13] EWHC 3796 (IPEC): Honest concurrent use of IDEAL HOME for magazines and exhibitions
    7. Michael Mitchell v British Broadcasting Corp [2011] EWPCC 42: Copyright infringement dispute relating to the designs for a group of characters appearing in the animated tv programme “Kerwhizz”.
    8. Fisher v Brooker & Onward Music [2008] EWCA Civ 287: Authorship dispute over the music of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
    9. 19TV v Simon Cowell & ors (2005):  Format dispute concerning X Factor and Pop Idol.

    Trade marks & Brands

    Jessie has an extensive trade mark practice, recent highlights include acting for the cosmetics giant Benefit (Beauty Bay v Benefit), EASY Group in litigation concerning the EASY family of marks (W3 v EasyGroup Ltd) and Nike in litigation concerning the use of LDNR in a campaign about young Londoners (Frank Industries v Nike Retail).  Jessie regularly appears before the IPO (and in appeals to the Appointed Person) where clients have included BskyB, VISA,  The Union, the proprietors of the ZARA brand, Sony, Burberry, Monsoon, Barclays, Virgin and B&Q.

    1. Beauty Bay Ltd & anr v Benefit Cosmetics Ltd [2019] EWHC 1150 (Ch): Trade mark infringement and passing off relating to a Christmas cosmetic product.
    2. Frank Industries Pty Ltd v Nike retail BV &Ors [2018] EWHC 1893 (Ch): Trade mark infringement claim arising out of Nike’s use of the letters LDNR in relation to a sports campaign that focussed on young Londoners.
    3. Dyson Ltd & ors v Grey Technology Ltd & anr (2018): Comparative advertising dispute concerning vacuum cleaners.
    4. W3 v EasyGroup Ltd [2018] EWHC 7 (Ch):  Complex trade mark dispute concerning the EASY marks.
    5. Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell (Grantham) Ltd [2015] EWHC 256 (Ch): Dispute over the right to use SUPREME in relation to pet food in circumstances where there had been concurrent use for almost two decades.
    6. NOCN v OCN Credit4Learning [2015] EWHC 2667 (IPEC): Dispute between educational charities over the distinctiveness and ownership of various marks used by members of the NOCN over the course of the last two decades.
    7. IPC v Media 10 Ltd [2013] EWHC 3796 (IPEC): Honest concurrent use of IDEAL HOME for magazines and exhibitions.

    Copyright & Databases

    Jessie’s considerable expertise as a classical pianist gives her the edge in musical copyright cases and she has become the go-to Junior in this area of law.  Recent high profile music cases have seen Jessie acting for Sir Bob Geldof (“I Don’t Like Mondays”), Ed Sheeran (“Shape of You”), and Gary Brooker (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”).  As well as musicians Jessie also regularly represents newspapers, broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, artists and other well known individuals in copyright and entertainment matters, Brian Belo v Lime Pictures (a dispute over the format of the hit dramality soap TOWIE) and 19TV v Simon Cowell (a dispute over the format of Pop Idol and X Factor) being examples.

    1. Sheeran & ors v Chokri & ors (2018): Authorship dispute over aspects of the music of “Shape of You”.
    2. Moylett v Geldof & anr (2016-2018): Authorship dispute over the music (and some of the lyrics) of “I Don’t Like Mondays”.
    3. Reach Plc v News Group Newspapers Ltd (2018): Action to protect the exclusivity of an article and associated video footage of Jamie Carragher first published in the Daily Mirror, and the ability of the Daily Mirror to obtain damages over and above the licence fee that would have been paid for the rights in the video prior to publication.
    4. Londongrad Limited v BBC & ors (2018): Format dispute concerning the TV series “McMafia”.
    5. Brian Belo & ors v Lime Pictures Ltd and ITV Plc (2013): Format dispute concerning The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE).
    6. University of Southampton & anr v Mohtasham [2012] EWHC 1630 (QB): Copyright infringement, malicious falsehood, harassment and intimidation claim in the field of nuclear non-proliferation.
    7. ITV Broadcasting & ors v TV Catch Up (Case C-607/11) [2010] EWHC 3063 (Ch): Copyright infringement dispute relating to the live internet streaming of television programmes on a website.
    8. Michael Mitchell v British Broadcasting Corp [2011] EWPCC 42: Copyright infringement dispute relating to the designs for a group of characters appearing in the animated tv programme “Kerwhizz”.
    9. Fisher v Brooker & Onward Music [2008] EWCA Civ 287: Authorship dispute over the music of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
    10. 19TV v Simon Cowell & ors (2005): Format dispute concerning X Factor and Pop Idol.

    Design Rights

    1. Action Storage Systems Ltd v G-Force Europe & anr [2016] EWHC 3151 (IPEC): Dispute over UK unregistered design rights in the shape and configuration of plastic lockers.
    2. Sistema Plastics Ltd v B&M Retail Ltd (2018): UK unregistered and Community registered design right claim concerning the shape and configuration of plastic containers.
    3. DKH Retail Ltd v AFH Stores UK Ltd ors (2015):  Dispute between the owners of the Superdry brand and the owners of the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister branded clothing.
    4. A Khan Design Ltd v Horsley [2012]: Registered design right trial concerning the designs of alloy car wheels.
    5. Numerous cases in the field of fashion – including the designs of corsets, ladies clothing, and designer shoes.

    Trade Secrets & Confidentiality

    • Londongrad Limited v BBC & ors (2018): TV format dispute over the format of “McMafia”.

    Arbitration & Mediation

    • Geneva Mediation (2016): acted for the rights owner in a format dispute that was mediated under the WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media.
  • Education & awards
    • Bristol University, LLB Hons 2:1 (2002)
    • Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
    • Prince of Wales Scholarship, Gray’s Inn (2002)
  • Languages

    French

  • Hobbies & interests
    • Classical pianist
    • Horse riding (dressage)

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