Ben Hitchens: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Ben Hitchens

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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark and Trade Dress
  • IP Litigation
  • Copyright
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
EducationUniversity of York, England (B.A., Hons); College of Law (GDL); College of Law (LPC); College of Law (LL.B.); King's College, University of London (LL.M., Intellectual Property (current))
AdmittedEngland and Wales

Ben is an associate in the firm's intellectual property group. His practice covers all aspects of Intellectual Property Law, with a particular focus on trade mark and copyright disputes.
•International, multi-jurisdictional patent litigation for a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company

•Patent licensing dispute for a major US-based pharmaceutical company

•Patent entitlement disputes with both domestic and international focus

•Pre-action advice on breach of confidence and jurisdictional issues

•Advising clients and enforcing rights in trade marks and copyright against infringements in the United Kingdom and internationally

•Advising on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property on the Internet

•Managing trade mark portfolios for leading multinational corporations, involving clearance searches and prosecuting applications in the United Kingdom and European Union

•Conducting opposition, revocation and invalidity actions throughout the United Kingdom and European Union to protect and enforce trade mark portfolios

•Protecting client design portfolios against infringements throughout European Union

•Company name disputes before the Company Names Tribunal

•Drafting licence agreements and distribution agreements for the commercialisation of intellectual property rights

•Working with one of the world's leading luxury brands groups to ensure compliance with data protection and privacy laws for each its brands around the globe


Before Edwards Wildman

Prior to joining the firm, Ben trained at Herbert Smith, where he undertook a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work, including six months' experience in the firm's intellectual property department.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Away from the office Ben has a keen interest in charitable work and is a founding trustee of the Rafiki Thabo Foundation, a charity which aims to provide financial assistance for the furtherance of education in Kenya, Lesotho and Uganda.

Writing for Corporate Livewire, John Olsen and Ben Hitchens Analyze How to Enhance a Brand in the Digital Age
September 30, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - Court of Justice confirms that browsing the Internet is lawful
June 10, 2014
CJEU pours cold water on copyright exemption for spa establishments Digilaw Blog
March 3, 2014
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - CJEU in Svensson: a common sense solution but issues remain
February 2014
English Court says Greek Yogurt must come from Greece Digilaw Blog
April 18, 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - UK Supreme Court provides guidance as to what constitutes making for the purposes of patent infringement
March 2013
Who owns Graffiti Works? Digilaw Blog
February 21, 2013
Edwards Wildman Client Advisory - UK Government outlines its response to consultation on proposed expansion of copyright exceptions
January 2013
English Court of Appeal confirms new copyright infringement measures Digilaw Blog
March 9, 2012
UK Court Rules Claim May Be Served Through Facebook Digilaw Blog
February 28, 2012

Edwards Wildman's Ben Hitchens Comments on Commission Recommendations on Groundless Threats Reform in World Trademark Review
April 17, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Akash Sachdeva and Ben Hitchens Examine the Vestergaard Trade Secrets Case in Law360
June 26, 2013
Edwards Wildman Trio Analyzes Copyright Extension for Musicians in the EU in Intellectual Property Magazine
April 17, 2013


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Court of Justice Confirms that Browsing the Internet is Lawful
Ben Hitchens,Akash Sachdeva,Riecha Sharma, June 11, 2014
On 5 June 2014, following a request for a preliminary ruling from the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) handed down its judgment in Case C-360/13, Public Relations Consultants Association Ltd v Newspaper Licensing Agency Limited and...

CJEU in Svensson: A Common Sense Solution But Issues Remain
William Haig,Ben Hitchens,Akash Sachdeva, February 27, 2014
The Court of Justice of the European Union issued its long-awaited judgment in in Case C-466/12 Svensson regarding the legality of hyperlinking on 13 February. The case had the potential to upend one of the fundamental building blocks of the internet and electronic communication by deciding that...
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