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Jessie Bowhill

 


Year of call: 2003

Described in the Directories as “a fierce advocate who is very intelligent, straight-talking and no-nonsense” Jessie specialises in all areas of intellectual property law, with a particular emphasis on the law of trade marks and passing off, copyright, design right, and breach of confidence.

Jessie’s considerable expertise as a classical pianist gives her the edge in musical copyright cases and she has become the go-to Junior in this area of law. High profile music cases include Moylett v Geldof, where Jessie acted for Sir Bob Geldof in a claim relating to “I don’t like Mondays” and  Fisher v Brooker where Jessie appeared in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords (as it then was) in a claim concerning the 1967 song “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.  Jessie is currently acting for an internationally renowned singer/songwriter in a major copyright dispute involving one of the biggest British hit songs from 2017.   As well as musicians and record companies, Jessie also regularly represents broadcasters, film makers, production companies, publishers, academics, artists and well known individuals in copyright and related claims more widely. A recent example includes acting for ITV in a claim relating to liability for on-line streaming of free-to-air tv broadcasts and the interpretation of “communication to the public” (ITV v TV Catchup).

Jessie has extensive experience of copyright disputes relating to television formats having acted for among others Simon Cowell in the Pop Idol/ X factor litigation, and ITV in a claim relating to the format of "The Only Way is Essex"("TOWIE"). Jessie has appeared in Geneva under the new WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media.

Jessie has an extensive trade marks practice, appearing regularly in the High Court and IPEC (often as sole Counsel) as well as the Trade Marks Registry and appeals to the Appointed Person.  Clients have included BskyB, VISA, The Union, the proprietors of the ZARA clothing brand, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the proprietors of the FABERGE brand, Sony, Burberry, Monsoon, Barclays, Virgin and B&Q.  Recent trials of note include Beauty Bay v Benefit (cosmetics); W3 v Easygroup & Anor (EASY marks); Frank Industries v Nike (Nike’s “nothing beats a Londoner” campaign); Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell (Grantham) Ltd (pet food);  IPC v Media 10 (Ideal Home); and Fine & Country Ltd & Ors v Okotoks Ltd & Ors (estate agents).

Jessie has become the leading Junior in the field of designs. She recently appeared  as sole counsel in a trial concerning the designs of plastic lockers (Action Storage v Fletcher Europe). The Judgment is notable for the Judge’s recommendation that future litigants in design right cases adopt summary design charts similar to those devised by Jessie for her Closing.

Other design right cases have covered designer clothing, footwear, bottles, airline seats, plastic salad bowls, machinery for making pizzas, fan coil units, conservatories and a straw for turning milk into flavoured milk upon use.

Jessie appears regularly in the applications court and is experienced in obtaining without notice search orders and freezing orders, including orders against persons unknown ("John Doe" Orders).

Recent Activity

» Beauty Bay Limited & anor v Benefit Cosmetics Limited
» Frank Industries Pty Ltd v Nike Retail BV [2018] EWHC 1893 (Ch)
» W3 Ltd v easyGroup Ltd [2018] EWHC 7 (Ch)
» Action Storage Systems Ltd v G-Force Europe [2016] EWHC 3151 (IPEC)
» NOCN (Formerly National Open College Network) v Open College Network Credit4Learning [2015] EWHC 2667 (IPEC) (25 September 2015)
» Supreme Petfoods Ltd v Henry Bell & Co (Grantham) Ltd [2015] EWHC 256 (Ch)
» IPC Media Ltd v Media 10 [2013]EWHC 3796 (IPEC)
» ITV Broadcasting Ltd v TVCatchup Ltd, Case C-607/11

What the Directories Say

"She is very good on her feet, doesn't pull her punches and keeps opposing counsel on their toes."
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2019

"She is personable, easy to work with, diligent and technically excellent." 
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2019

"She is personable, easy to work with, diligent and thoughtful." 
Legal 500 (Media & Entertainment) 2019

"She is good in court as she's direct and effective."
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2018

"She's proactive, hard-working and experienced with copyright issues and TV format disputes."
Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2018

"She provides really objective advice and has a great attention to detail." "She is a fierce advocate who is very intelligent, straight-talking and no-nonsense"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

"She prepares thoroughly and is good with clients."
Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2017

"Good with clients and user-friendly"
Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2017

"Recommended for disputes involving the film, television and publishing industries"
Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

"An accomplished all-rounder with regard to IP matters, whose practical bent was remarked upon by a number of sources. She is particuarly well thought of for copyright, trade mark and passing-off disputes"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Offers no-nonsense commercial advice." "She is extremely knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble"
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

"Highly experienced in matters involving music, television and film"
Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

"Singled out for her expertise in copyright matters"
Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015

Best known for her representations in high-profile media and entertainment copyright cases. She also has an extensive practice in trade marks, designs and patents. "Very thorough, responsive and good with clients.”
Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

The “responsive and helpful” Jessie Bowhill is racking up an impressive track record before the High Court and national trademark registry, with a sizeable copyrights practice to boot, particularly in the music industry.
World Trademark Review 2015 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • "She is very good on her feet, doesn't pull her punches and keeps opposing counsel on their toes."
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2019

    "She is personable, easy to work with, diligent and technically excellent." 
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property) 2019

    "She is personable, easy to work with, diligent and thoughtful." 
    Legal 500 (Media & Entertainment) 2019

    "She is good in court as she's direct and effective."
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2018

    "She's proactive, hard-working and experienced with copyright issues and TV format disputes."
    Chambers & Partners (Media & Entertainment) 2018

    "She provides really objective advice and has a great attention to detail." "She is a fierce advocate who is very intelligent, straight-talking and no-nonsense"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "She prepares thoroughly and is good with clients."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2017

    "Good with clients and user-friendly"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2017

    "Recommended for disputes involving the film, television and publishing industries"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2016

    "An accomplished all-rounder with regard to IP matters, whose practical bent was remarked upon by a number of sources. She is particuarly well thought of for copyright, trade mark and passing-off disputes"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Offers no-nonsense commercial advice." "She is extremely knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "Highly experienced in matters involving music, television and film"
    Legal 500 (Media and entertainment) 2015

    "Singled out for her expertise in copyright matters"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015

    Best known for her representations in high-profile media and entertainment copyright cases. She also has an extensive practice in trade marks, designs and patents. "Very thorough, responsive and good with clients.”
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015

    The “responsive and helpful” Jessie Bowhill is racking up an impressive track record before the High Court and national trademark registry, with a sizeable copyrights practice to boot, particularly in the music industry.
    World Trademark Review 2015