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Zippo is one of the most recognizable brands in the world, ranked alongside other top ‘Americana’ heavyweights including Jeep and Harley Davidson.
Its owner, Zippo Manufacturing Company is a family owned company founded in Bradford Pennsylvania in 1932 and while they are best known for manufacturing the windproof lighter, have diversified into other areas including cutlery (WR Case & Sons Cutlery Company) and outdoor products, watches and also apparel. It is a relatively small company, employing only about 800 people, almost all of them in Bradford PA, but with wholly owned subsidiaries in China, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the UK.
In 2012, during its 80th anniversary year, Zippo production surpassed the milestone of 500 million lighters since founder George G. Blaisdell crafted the first lighter in Bradford, Pennsylvania in early 1933. But the downside of being such a recognizable and valuable global brand is the unwelcome attention of counterfeit copies.
Since being appointed worldwide counsel for the intellectual property files of Zippo we have fought legal battles on their behalf all around the world.
Along with the management of Zippo’s trademark portfolio consisting of some 1700 trademarks registered in over 170 jurisdictions, we also advise on the global enforcement of Zippo’s intellectual property rights through all avenues, including litigation and the institution and management of a broad customs measures program. In addition we provide integrated multijurisdictional advice in distribution matters, governmental regulatory services (fuel labelling and the transportation of dangerous goods), global licensing programs, domain name disputes, e-commerce and data privacy.
Zippo’s General Counsel Charles J. Duke explained:
“Through our long established relationship partners we have access to an impressive global resource of experience and expertise in the IP field. This means we can always be on top of the issues that arise, no matter where they are in the world.”
“They also have a good understanding of the way our business works, what we are trying to achieve and how their work fits into our overall strategic objectives:”
Attorneys at Squire Patton Boggs began the representation of Zippo in 1992, performing incrementally more work every year thereafter. Eighteen offices across 11 countries were involved in the representation of Zippo in 2014.
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Callcredit Information Group are experts in managing consumer data for businesses across every sector, in the UK and around the world.
From financial services, retail and utilities to public sector, telecoms, insurance and many more, it has over 1000 employees focused on developing innovative products and services to help businesses make smarter, more informed decisions throughout the customer lifecycle.
Its leading edge approach to deploying consumer information enables clients to cost effectively identify, engage and convert more new customers whilst optimizing existing customer profitability.
Established 14 years ago, the company has offices in the UK, in Leeds, London, Warrington, Chislehurst, Bath and Swindon, plus locations in Tokyo, Kaunas (Lithuania), Shanghai and Dubai with agents working across international markets.
In February 2014, GTCR, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm, partnered with Callcredit’s management to acquire the company; a transaction led by our corporate team in Leeds, with support from our lawyers in Birmingham, London, Shanghai and Tokyo.
Group Financial Director, Liz Richards, explained. “As a fast growing and dynamic business, we need responsive lawyers with the capability not only to handle complex matters, but also provide advice around the world.
“The Squire Patton Boggs team has demonstrated time and again that it can service our needs from Leeds, providing us with the benefits of a local relationship while acting seamlessly on our behalf, regardless of the geographical location of where we choose to do business.”
Callcredit has been a client of the firm for over five years; our corporate team first acted for the management team on the buy-out of the company in late 2009. Since then, in addition to corporate advice, we have provided the company with real estate, banking, employment, pensions, commercial and data privacy advice from five of our offices around the world.
The team has demonstrated time and again that it can service our needs regardless of the geographical location of where we choose to do business.