Easy does it

Markel Law’s Commercial Litigation Team recently advised a client on an intellectual property dispute – with a very interesting outcome.

Our client, IT and telecoms business Easy Networks, was accused in the High Court of infringing Sir Stelios’ trademark by including the word ‘easy’ in their company name.

The two companies started trading around the same time in 1995 but in different industries. Without any awareness of each other they both chose a name they thought was distinctive and different - making this a very unique case!

Our team were instrumental in supporting the client from start to finish and after months of negotiations everyone was happy with the settlement which included a deal to join forces in the easyGroup family.

Richard Gwilliam, easyNetworks Managing Director said “I am thrilled to announce we are turning Orange. We walked into a meeting at loggerheads with Sir Stelios and walked out business partners! We realised our values were aligned and easyNetworks would be a great fit in the easy family of brands”.

Richard sent the Markel Law team a personal word of thanks saying: 

“Our rebranding completed…just in time for Stelios visiting us. Thanks again for your effort in making this deal a reality. Very happy”.

You can watch Sir Stelios’ visit on You Tube.

With easyGroup investing in easyNetworks they’re now looking forward to expanding their IT and telecoms offering to the public. And as Richard Gwilliam puts it “doing our bit to paint the country orange!”