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Intellectual Property

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What Is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) is a term used to describe a range of rights that arise from certain types of information, ideas, and expressions – such as products, designs, branding, software, inventions and digital content.

These rights are often a business’ most valuable asset. They create competitive advantages, by preventing third parties  (including competitors) from using them. They should be protected at all cost.

Intellectual property laws govern the way in which a business can protect and monetise its IP.

If you’re a business owner, this responsibility sits with you. 

IP can be registered or unregistered, but generally falls into one of the following categories:

  • patents – providing inventors will exclusive rights to use their inventions;
  • trade marks – preventing third parties from using certain brand names, colours, logos and symbols;
  • copyright – protecting original artistic, musical, dramatic and literary works; and
  • design rights – protecting the appearance of the whole or part of a product. 


We have decades of experience in protecting IP and advising on IP-related issues. If you’d like to protect, manage or monitise your IP, get in touch to see how we can help. 

Our Intellectual Property Services

We provide a range of IP-related services, but here’s a list of just some of the ways in which we can help:

TradeMarks

Trademarks protect your branding, such as your product names and logos. It’s best to apply for your trade marks early, to prevent a competitor beating you to the post. 

If you’d like help applying for a trade mark, get in touch.  

Copyright

Copyright is often created automatically. For example, when creating art, films, music, websites or marketing illustrations. However, you might want to sell (or licence) those rights to third parties, in exchange for payment. 

To do that, you’ll need a contract in place. 

If you’d like assistance, call us today and we’ll talk you through the process.  

Creating New IP

If you’re creating new IP within your business, it’s important to ensure that your business properly owns it. But that’s not always the case. 

Under English law, the default position (except for employees) is that whoever created it owned it. So, if you’re working with consultants or other third parties to develop IP for your business, your business won’t own it unless you have a well drafted contract in place. 

Don’t take that risk. Speak to us today. We’ll provide the documentation you need. 

Commercial Collaborations

Some businesses decide to collaborate with specialist organisations to develop cutting edge IP. This is a great way of creating a competitive advantage. 

However, these types of arrangements need to be clearly documented in an enforceable contract. Not only should you document the roles of each organisation, but you should also document who will own any newly created IP, and what each of the organisations can do with it. 

Failing to have a contract in place might mean you don’t own the IP you’d like to own. Speak to us today, and we’ll provide the contracts you need to ensure you own the IP you ‘d like to own.

 

non-disclosure agreements

Protecting your confidential information is essential.  So, whenever you disclose confidential information to a third party, you should first enter into a non-disclosure agreement.  

Failing to enter into a non-disclosure agreement can mean you lose control over that information, third parties may be able to use it, and you may lose your right to file a patent over it.   

If you’re looking to disclose your confidential information to a third party, call us today. We’ll provide the documentation you need to ensure it’s protected. 

 

Dispute Resolution

It’s not uncommon for third parties to infringe IP laws. We regularly see businesses copying competitors’ Terms and Conditions, using similar business names, and launching similar products. All of this activity can infringe copyright. 

Avoiding IP infringement is essential to protecting your business. 

However, infringement does happen, and when it does, you’ll need an expert solicitor to bring any dispute to a close as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

If you’d like to discuss an IP dispute you have with a third party, speak to one of our solicitors today.