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Peter has worked as a trade mark lawyer for almost 30 years. His experience and sound understanding of trade mark law and how to achieve successful outcomes in complex situations is rated highly by his clients. Much of Peter’s practice is built on client recommendation.
Peter specialises in the protection, exploitation and enforcement of trade marks. He is involved continuously in a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious issues for high profile rights owners with 1000s of marks in their global trade mark portfolios. He is valued by clients as a clear and effective communicator, skilled in handling trade mark disputes and is particularly adept at negotiating agreements. He is recognised across the international trade mark community for his expertise.
Peter attends and speaks periodically at business seminars and exhibitions on the firm’s behalf. He is a regular attendee at the International Trade Mark Association (INTA), a member of ECTA and visitor to clients in Japan.
Peter is co-author of the text book Trade Marks Law and Practice, Alison Firth, Gary Lea, Peter Cornford (Jordan Publishing) 2016, Fourth edn, and a contributor to The Handbook of European Brand Rights Management, Adam Jolly (ed), Kogan Page 2011.
Peter graduated with a First in History from Exeter University prior to working on a doctoral thesis on the economic development of the South West of England. He qualified as a trade mark attorney in 1994 and became a partner in 2005.
Peter spends much of his spare time conducting and writing music for brass bands, playing jazz, renovating old buildings, driving his daughter’s horse lorry and ferrying his drummer son to gigs.