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Shareholder Dispute Unit
Tony Catterall Senior
Tony heads the Intellectual Property team and provides a
full range of strategic advice covering intellectual
property disputes, contracts and licensing.
Tony delivers astute, commercially driven advice. He is
consulted daily on copyright and design right matters and
has been involved in a number of high profile cases. He is
one of the best-known lawyers to the home furnishings
industry and his awareness of the textiles, interior design
and wallcoverings markets ensures he is nationally regarded
as a leader in the field of designs and copyright.
Tony is renowned for his innovative and single-minded
approach to dispute resolution and is known affectionately
to his clients as “The Magician” for pulling off what others
believe to be lost causes.
Tony is a Clitheroe RGS old boy and a Cambridge
graduate. He spent 10 years as an equity partner with
regional heavyweight DWF before founding Taylors. Tony’s
resilience and persistence on behalf of his clients is best
illustrated by the fact that every one of his reported cases
has resulted in an outcome that was wholly or partially
successful for his client. Those cases include:
Designers Guild Limited v Russell Williams Textiles
Limited (House of Lords)
The principal authority on the meaning of reproduction
of “the whole or any substantial part” of a design for the
purposes of copyright. Infringement can arise if the
essential features of a design are copied, even if expressed
in a different form. This case marked a decisive shift in
favour of design owners in the home furnishings market.
Clough Mill Limited v Martin (Court of Appeal)
The leading case on retention of title. A yarn
contract provided that ownership of yarn remained with the
seller until paid for. The Court of Appeal held that the
purchaser was permitted to use the yarn for weaving its
cloth but the seller obtained ownership of the finished
cloth if payment had not been made.
PLG Research Limited v Ardon International Limited
(Court of Appeal)
An important case on the construction of patent
claims, here concerning geotextiles for use in soil
reinforcement. The Court of Appeal held all three patents in
suit valid and two of them infringed – a major shift away
from the previous strict approach to the construction of
patent claims in the English Court.
Bim Kemi v Blackburn Chemicals Limited (Court of
A cross-border dispute regarding an exclusive
distribution agreement in the paper chemicals industry. The
Court of Appeal held in favour of BCL on repudiatory breach
Strahan v Wilcock (Court of Appeal)
A shareholder dispute concerning the meaning of
quasi partnership in the context of a minority shareholder’s
petition for unfair prejudice.
Ashley Wilde Group Limited v Stitchwell
A claim for infringement of UK copyright in cushion
cover designs against a Turkish weaver, its Turkish
distributor and English customer. Leave to sue the Turkish
companies in the English Courts was obtained and at trial
simultaneous judgments were obtained for injunctions,
substantial damages and quantified costs.
Malgar v Leach (High Court)
A claim for infringement of various intellectual
property rights in farming equipment.
Blackburn Borough Transport Limited v Blackburn
Transport Limited (High Court)
A claim for passing off in the bus industry. Summary
judgment obtained and substantial damages awarded.
Clear Springs v Businesslinx (High Court)
A dispute regarding ownership of copyright in
specialist software, resolved at a speedy trial only three
months after the commencement of the proceedings.
Re Flexible Directional Indicators Patent (Patents
An application relating to a successful invention for a
flexible traffic bollard. An objection of obviousness over
close prior art was overcome.
A keen and highly competitive golfer, Tony can often be
found on the golf course. He is an ardent Blackburn Rovers
supporter and enjoys running to wind down from the pressures
of the office.
- What is your guilty pleasure?
My Ariel Atom
- If you could have any job in the world, what would
President de la République de France – then I get to
in the Elysée Palace
- What is your favourite magazine?
- Who was your childhood hero?
- What book are you reading now?
Junior Officers’ Reading Club by Patrick Hennessey
- What is your favourite sound?
A Carrera GT’s V10 engine
- What was your first car?
Mini Cooper S
- If I could meet one person - dead or alive - it
- If I was not doing this right now, I'd be…
- I am not a politician, but if I was…
I would incentivise the economy by introducing a
‘flat tax’ system