Most businesses own some form of intellectual property, from the most traditional manufacturing businesses to businesses where intellectual property is the lifeblood of the business. In an increasingly digital world, intellectual property is becoming more and more important in securing the future for a business.
Our team of legal experts can provide advice on all aspects of the creation, registration, exploitation and infringement of intellectual property rights including:
We work with experienced patent and trade mark attorneys to work out the most cost-effective method of protecting your intellectual property. That includes the registration of your trade marks, registered designs or patents and advising on the protection of ideas and other works by means of copyright and confidentiality. Intellectual property rights and registrations are jurisdictional, meaning that you need to ensure that they are protected in all countries in which you do business. We can advise on the most cost effective way of dealing with this.
We can also advise you on how to make the most out of your intellectual property. This may include licensing its use, whether in your home jurisdiction or overseas. It may also involve selling your intellectual property to someone who wants to exploit it in the future.
In the event that your intellectual property is being infringed by someone, whether in the UK or overseas, our experts in the Company & Commercial team can work with our colleagues in our Dispute Resolution team to deal with the infringement and protect your investment. This could be via the courts or one of the dispute resolution procedures set up to deal with specific types of intellectual property, such as the Nominet Dispute Resolution Service.
For more information on how we can support you in registering, exploiting and protecting your intellectual property, please contact one of our corporate & commercial specialists in our Newbury, Thatcham and Maidenhead offices below.