Carl Rohsler

Carl A. Rohsler

Partner

Carl Rohsler is a partner based in our London office. His practice covers the full range of intellectual property work, including patents, trade marks and designs, copyright and confidential information. Although working on both contentious and non-contentious matters, Carl is best known for his work as a litigator, having been involved in a number of leading IP cases since 1995. He is a solicitor advocate (High Court: Civil 2001).

Carl is also known as one of the UK’s leading experts on gambling law, acting for a number of the leading online and land-based gambling operations in the UK and across the world.

Carl’s expertise in both IP and gambling law has been recognized in the 2004-20–10 editions of Legal Experts, 2003-20–16 editions of The Legal 500 UK, and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, listing Carl as a leading individual for licensing.

In addition to his expertise in IP and gambling regulation, Carl has considerable experience in advertising and marketing regulation, data protection, e-commerce and labeling and packaging law. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Montpellier, France.

Chambers UK 2014 reported, “commentators characterise him as an ‘energetic, candid and eloquent guy who gets to the bottom of things very quickly,’ and single him out for his ‘vast knowledge and expertise in UK and EU gaming law.’”

In the Gaming & Betting recognition in The Legal 500 UK 2015, Carl is noted as the “knowledgeable” gambling team leader with the firm recommended as a “first port of call”. The same edition recognizes Carl’s leadership of an “efficient and effective” Intellectual Property team.

Carl is also listed in the most recent publication of the Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom.

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IP Litigation

  • Process Components Limited v Kek-Gardner Limited, 2016 (copyright, confidential information).
  • Enterprise Holdings, Inc v Europcar Group UK Ltd & Anor, 2015 (trade marks, infringement).
  • Lorillard Inc v Zippo Manufacturing Co , 2015 (trade marks).
  • Maximuscle v Promax Nutrition, 2009 (trade marks, infringement, validity of CTM).
  • Watermark Publications v Sportswift T/a Card Factory, 2008 (copyright artistic works).
  • Cantor Gaming v Game Account Global Ltd, FSR 4, 2008 (copyright, computer software).
  • Aggregate Industries v Camel, 2006 (registered and unregistered design – street furniture).
  • Financial Information Technology v SPILA, 2005 (copyright, computer software) (Isle of Man High Court).
  • Rockwater v Coflexip, RPC 46,, 2003 and 2004 (patent, subsea technology) (first instance and Court of Appeal).
  • Credit Agricole Indosuez v PNC PLC, 2003 (IT systems).
  • Slough Heat and Power v Siemens, 2001 (Technology and Construction Court).
  • Instance v Faubel, 2001 (patents, pharmaceutical labeling).
  • BPMA v Tarsus Martex, 2000 (trade marks and metatags).
  • Cantor Fitzgerald International and Os v Tradition UK and Os (first instance [1998] RPC; Court of Appeal [2000] RPC 95).
  • Acting for easyGroup in relation to a number of matters, including cybersquatting and trademark infringement, 2000-2002.

Monographs

  • Gambling Law Review, Law Business, 2016.
  • Licensing Law and Practice, Sweet & Maxwell, 2008.
  • Current Law Statutes Guide to the National Lottery Act, Sweet & Maxwell, 2007.
  • Current Law Statutes Guide to the Gambling Act, Sweet & Maxwell, 2005.

Education

  • College of Law, Chester, C.P.E., 1992
  • College of Law, Chester, Law Society Finals, 1993
  • Merton College, Oxford, M.A., 1991

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 1995

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • The Legal 500 UK for the last four years, both in Licensing law and in Brand Management.
  • Listed in the 2009-2015 editions of Chambers UK as a leading individual.
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Intellectual Property
  • Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Gaming & Betting

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Carl is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the field of gambling law, working with some of the leading land-based and remote gambling operations in the world on the international development of their businesses. Chambers Global Guide includes Carl as one of the top 30 gambling lawyers in the world. Carl is on the editorial board of World On-line Gambling Law Report.

Carl was editor of Current Law Statutes Guide to the Gambling Act 2005 (the first textbook on the current UK legislation) and also edited Current Law Statutes on the National Lottery Act 2007. His most recent work, Licensing Law and Practice (Sweet & Maxwell December 2008), which Carl co-authored with Philip Hyde, is the most comprehensive guide to gambling and licensing currently available in the UK.

Carl has recently been recognised by Chambers 2014 which reports “commentators characterise him as an ‘energetic, candid and eloquent guy who gets to the bottom of things very quickly,’ and single him out for his ‘vast knowledge and expertise in UK and EU gaming law.’”

Carl is recognised by The Legal 500 UK 2013 as a leader in his field, which states that the Squire Patton Boggs gambling team is “excellent…practice head Carl Rohsler is ‘outstanding’”.

The Legal 500 UK 2012 states that “the [Gambling] team ‘consistently delivers excellent quality and service levels’, and is led by Carl Rohsler, who is ‘one of the key names in the industry’.

“Gambling Team head Carl Rohsler is ‘exceptional’, and demonstrates ‘commitment, professionalism and knowledge’.” – The Legal 500 UK 2010.

“…‘a go-to-man for UK gambling law.’” His practice takes in a mix of regulatory, sponsorship and lobbying work. Commentators describe him as “pragmatic with an excellent commercial understanding of what the client does and how they operate. In an area of so much uncertainty Rohsler is able to produce comfort and clarity.’” – Chambers Global 2009.

“‘An essential name that always pops up on leading cases’ who has a number of high-profile clients in both remote and bricks-and-mortar gaming.” – Chambers Global 2008.

Representative Experience

Gambling

  • Acting for Caesars Interactive Entertainment in relation to its worldwide expansion including the licensing of the World Series of Poker across Europe.
  • Acting for 888.com and PokerStars, the largest online casinos and poker houses in the world, in relation to a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters.
  • Advising International Gaming Technology (IGT) on IP and gambling regulatory matters.
  • Acting for the Spread Betting Association, the industry body representing the needs of spread betting companies in the UK.
  • Advising Health Lottery Limited with all aspects of its application to create the largest society lottery scheme in the UK.
  • Acting for GamingKing plc and ECM Bingo Systems on regulatory aspects of gaming machine development.
  • Acting for Cantor Fitzgerald in relation to the development of its spread betting business, Cantor Index, Cantor FFO, Cantor Spreadfair and the recent development of Cantor Gaming.