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Edward Carstairs


Edward Carstairs | Trade Mark Attorney


Ed is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Ed studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield.

Career History

Ed joined Gill Jennings & Every in 2011 and was promoted to partner in 2019. He qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2010 and was awarded the Payne/Bennett Memorial Award for one of his professional exams.

Edward Carstairs


Ed assists clients with all aspects of trade marks working with them to identify and maximise the value of their business through their IP. This includes providing strategic advice regarding the clearance, filing and enforcement of their IP rights. Ed’s work extends to obtaining registered protection by handling objections and oppositions all around the world including negotiating settlements, health checks of existing portfolios and due diligence work, both for clients looking to acquire a target and those that are subject to an offer to purchase.

Main specialisms
Ed is a trade mark attorney who has advised clients of all sizes from start-ups to large multi-nationals. These clients operate in a diverse range of sectors including:

• food & drink
• sportswear
• consumer electronics
• media and entertainment
• financial services.

Ed helps clients to ensure that their IP portfolios reflect the business objectives so that they are well prepared for due diligence when seeking investment or selling the business.  Ed has a particular interest in the food, drink and hospitality industry leading the GJE Food, Drink & Hospitality sector group and regularly hosting, attending and speaking at events.

Further specialisms
His work also includes liaising with customs and trading standards to protect clients against counterfeits. He also advises as to enforcement strategies against inappropriate internet use such as filing complaints objecting to abusive domain name registrations, Twitter accounts and use on Amazon and eBay.

Ed works for a range of different size clients. These include start-ups and entrepreneurs, SMEs, investors and large multinational entities. His clients include an award winning audio product company, a famous serial investor, an international dairy cooperative, a renowned sportswear company, an international chain of bars and new entrants to the food & drink sector.

Noted for:
Ed has particular experience guiding clients through complex IP issues in China including successfully defending a client in court against a malicious squatter attack and subsequently recovering the client’s trade mark rights.

• Member of the Food And Drink Exporters Association.

A keen cyclist and, although his playing days have now ended, Ed has also achieved a first dan black belt in Taekwondo.