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Intellectual Property (IP) Protection

We know that your IP assets are valuable to you and they must be protected. Our commercially minded IP specialist lawyers, UK and international patent, design and trademark attorneys will protect and maximise the value of your innovation by delivering expert advice. Throughout your product’s entire life cycle, from application and commercialisation to exploitation and enforcement via litigation, we’ll go the extra mile to defend your commercial, technology and intellectual property rights.

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We mean business

With global experience and a nationwide presence, our team offers a complete end-to-end IP service with a ‘one team’ approach. From advice about initial protection to proactive enforcement strategy, our team will have your back.

Companies we provide commercial IP advice to include global pharmaceutical, retail, educational and software companies, restaurants and distilleries, among others. We often work with technology based businesses – including those operating in IT, Cyber, FinTech, AgriTech, ManuTech sectors – as well as the digital, e-commerce and online economy.

Those who particularly value the depth of our expertise and connections to safeguard their future include IT providers, entrepreneurial start-ups, inventors and multinationals.

Harnessing our team’s technology expertise and history of successful IP settlements, we’re well-placed to protect ground-breaking inventions, bring innovative brands to market and protect your commercial advantage, whether you are in the UK or overseas.

We support clients to manage and grow their IP portfolio, ensuring this valuable asset is protected and developed to its full potential, advising on key areas:

  • IP protection and enforcement
  • IP licensing and exploitation
  • IP rights and portfolio management
  • IP dispute resolution
  • Trade marks, design and copyright
  • Patents
  • Collaboration agreements.

Rather than operating in a vacuum, we prefer to work alongside our clients to identify and maximise opportunities while minimising risk.

How can we help you?

Bringing and defending IP claims

Our IP team has a track record of successfully bringing and defending IP claims and will act quickly and effectively to combat any infringement of your IP rights and minimise damage to your business.

Whether it be taking a case to court to demonstrate the strength of your IP assets or negotiating a swift resolution so you can focus on your business, our decades of cross-sector experience will help you reach the outcome that is right for you, making sure your IP assets are safe and secure, and taking appropriate steps against infringers.

Our brand and reputation specialists can also safeguard your public image from defamation, malicious falsehoods, misuse of image rights, false advertising claims, help you navigate the Advertising Standards Code safely and provide anti-counterfeiting strategies both here and abroad.

Whether you need our support in the digital domain, or with specific types of proceedings, our clients have benefited from our advice on:

  • Cyber squatting and copycat websites
  • Data protection enforcements
  • Domain name disputes
  • Crypto and NFT asset recovery
  • Bringing and defending patent, trade mark, passing off, design, and copyright infringements and claims
  • Confidentiality breaches and trade secrets
  • Trade mark opposition and revocation proceedings
  • Licencing and franchising disputes, as well as claims relating to ownership of IP rights
  • FRAND disputes.

Where necessary we work with a range of external experts, including IP registration experts, foreign lawyers, forensic examiners, specialist barristers and litigation funders and insurers.

Strategic reinforcement

We will help you plug any gaps in your IP protection and ensure it is watertight by anticipating any future possible disputes and proactively putting strategies in place so that you’re not caught out.

We will support you in maintaining and monitoring your IP rights, provide training to increase awareness and education in your workforce, and help to effectively manage your portfolio.

Hear what our clients say about our Intellectual Property (IP) Protection sector

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‘The team quickly and effectively: 1) Identified the level of my experience with IP legalities 2) Understood the particular a...

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