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Sara Ludlam is an expert in the highly specialised area of Intellectual Property ("IP") law, dealing with both contractual and litigious IP issues.

Sara trained in a niche specialist litigation and IP practice in London, and has worked in law firms and in industry specialising solely in intellectual property law since 1993. She has a diploma in “Intellectual Property Law & Practice” from Bristol University and as a fluent French speaker she attended L’ Institut Français in London in 2001 to study for Le Çertificat du Français Juridique.

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» In Industry:

Sara has worked in-house for LACOSTE FOOTWEAR, KICKERS, LONSDALE LONDON, SPEEDO, DONNAY, KARRIMOR and many other international brands.

Working inside such companies means Sara has first hand knowledge of when to prioritise commercial issues over legal ones and how IP issues affect real businesses and the real world. Sara has built on an in-depth knowledge of a range of specialist markets and can apply that expertise to your business. She maximises the value of IP assets while minimising risks – both in the UK and abroad.

Sara is experienced in carrying out due diligence exercises for large international IP portfolios. If you are looking to spend millions on buying a brand portfolio or important patents, or attempting to make millions by creating or selling such assets, it is critical that you know that what you are buying or selling is worth the investment, and that it is properly protected.

Sara has been described as “Lightning Ludlam” for her incisive and quick responses!

» Litigation Highlights include:

2007 – persuading the Patents County Court to strike out a copyright and design right infringement claim against a client

2006 - negotiating a settlement of £200,000 in relation to a trade mark infringement dispute

2006 - Mediating before Lord Woolf in a patent dispute

SCHOLES v MAGNET – successfully defended a claim for design right and copyright infringement

LINWOOD – obtained a draconian costs order from the Court in favour of her client and against the Claimants. The first time this had been achieved outside of the Family Courts.

NEUTROGENA v NEUTRALIA – brought the largest number of witnesses to court on behalf of clients in a trade mark infringement action.

Sara Ludlam wrote an article on Trade Marks: Border Disputes for The Commercial Litigation Journal March/ April 2009 issue.

The special feature examines the protection of trade marks online in anticipation of forthcoming European Court decisions. The implications of using Google 'AdWords' keywords in online advertising campaigns and the potential for trademark infringement are highlighted.

You can download the full article here (PDF).

© First published by Legalease Limited March/ April 2009.

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Sara Ludlam IP Specialist


Sara Ludlam's Portrait by Bailey Cooper Ltd of York
Sara Ludlam's Portrait by Bailey Cooper Ltd of York.


What some clients say about Ludlams:

"I want to thank you for all the work you do on all our IP matters. It makes a great deal of difference to me to have the IP and Trademark issues taken care of.

"Your prompt action and experience always brings results. Your expertise, advice, and concern about our work is commendable and I would highly recommend your law office to anyone in need of an attorney in this field with experience."

- for Leisurewear International Ltd - MANCHESTER

Yamin Ibgui, Finance Director 2009

"I attended a free advice clinic provided by IP Yorkshire. I was interested in copyright issues and protecting my business. Amongst others, Ludlams were recommended and after contacting a few companies and getting quotes and discussing my needs, I decided to proceed with Sara Ludlam.

"The main reason initially was her approachable yet professional manner and ability to explain matters which I found complicated or had no experience in. I had numerous meetings with Sara to progress the work and it was completed very quickly. I was very satisfied with the outcome, feeling confident I had ‘watertight’ terms and conditions in place should I ever need them. I cannot fault Sara’s professionalism. I have never had to ask more than once for anything.

"She is always at the end of the phone or contactable via email should I need to do so. She has already had to advise me how to deal with difficult matters arising from the application of the various terms and conditions. She has been readily available to advise me precisely and concisely during trying and stressful situations. I cannot recommend her highly enough and have already done so to various colleagues."

- Vicki Gilbert,

"We have worked with Sara Ludlam of Ludlams for around 8 years. She has looked after all manner of  issues relating to the registration, protection, issuing of actions and negotiations essential in the building of our brand portfolio which at various times has included such famous brands as Lonsdale, No Fear, Karrimor and Bukta.

"The work has been of a uniformly high standard, deadlines have consistently been met and we have received an unparalleled level of service all delivered at very reasonable rates and in a supremely pleasant manner".