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Chris Sleep
IA Director
Chris qualified as a solicitor in 2005, since which time he has developed a specialism in all areas of intellectual property law. Prior to joining Stobbs in April 2015, he played a leading role in the IP team of a top-100 regional law firm, with a particular emphasis on brand protection and trade marks, designs, copyright and database right.

Chris qualified as a solicitor in 2005, since which time he has developed a specialism in all areas of intellectual property law. Prior to joining Stobbs in April 2015, he played a leading role in the IP team of a top-100 regional law firm, with a particular emphasis on brand protection and trade marks, designs, copyright and database right.

Chris assists clients with the identification of existing IP rights, and how best to protect key business assets. This advice is often provided within the context of wider commercial strategies, whether for early-stage companies and start-ups preparing for investment, maximising value for companies preparing for exit, or in developing sophisticated brand protection and enforcement policies and strategies for more established companies.

Chris has particular expertise in contentious matters. He is well regarded for the commercial approach that he adopts to resolving disputes, with considerable experience of directly negotiating and drafting settlement and co-existence agreements, as well as through mediation. Chris also has experience of pursuing and defending claims in the High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).

Chris has been named as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Chambers. In the 2016 edition, he is described as “brilliant and proactive” and “praised for his responsiveness and experience with software companies and licensing matters [and] extensive IP experience”. Chris has previously been “praised for his creativity, as well as his practical approach” in Chambers, and as being “clear minded, fast and efficient” in Legal 500.

Outside of work, much of Chris’ time is dedicated to his young family. When time permits, he likes to fulfil his passions for music and sports. He likes to spend time discovering new music, as well as acquainting himself with old treasures, and loves to watch live music at gigs and festivals. Chris is also a fan of most sports, and regularly attends Twickenham for rugby internationals. He is also a keen golfer.
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Opinion
ORAN tries for more - Case note on Oran Pre-Cast Ltd v Oranmore Precast Ltd
October 6, 2016
ORAN tries for more - Case note on Oran Pre-Cast Ltd v Oranmore Precast Ltd
EU Directive on Trade Secrets Protection
July 6, 2016
EU Directive on Trade Secrets Protection
INSTAGRAM v LITTERGRAM
April 29, 2016
INSTAGRAM v LITTERGRAM
Sport Relief – Trade Marks and Charitable Organisations
March 21, 2016
Sport Relief – Trade Marks and Charitable Organisations
.party, .pub and .club are some of the top-selling and fastest growing new gTLDs
July 1, 2015
.party, .pub and .club are some of the top-selling and fastest growing new gTLDs
Tobacco Companies Fight Plain Packaging
May 26, 2015
Tobacco Companies Fight Plain Packaging