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» Sara Ludlam — Background and Expertise
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.
More than £1,700 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support at the Ludlam's 2008 Alice in Wonderland Summer Garden Party! More details...
» 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.