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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) often represents the most valuable assets of a business. Developing IP and knowing how to protect, exploit and enforce it, is key to its preservation and growth.

We advise clients across a broad range of industries whenever their IP issues arise: from starting up a new business, to launching new branding, products or services, to launching a new website, and to situations of business sale, merger, investment or portfolio sales.

We provide a one stop shop for IP services, advising on its protection, exploitation and enforcement.

Work scope

  • Brand strategy and protection
  • Company, trade mark and domain name clearance
  • Website healthchecks
  • Advising on general copyright, trade mark, design and patent issues
  • Confidentiality and know how agreements
  • Advising on the acquisition, transfer and disposal of IP rights
  • Licensing and franchising of rights
  • Merchandising and sponsorship arrangements
  • Advising on IP issues arising from the sale or transfer of a business
  • Enforcing IP rights against infringers, through litigation and dispute resolution

Recent deals & cases undertaken

  • Advising a global fashion business on its trade mark licensing arrangements relating to the design and development of complete accessory collections for major brands.
  • Advising an award winning UK children’s online retailer on protecting its trade mark portfolio and on copyright issues affecting its business.
  • Advising a London based global geoscience technology company on the ownership and potential licensing of intellectual property rights existing in its bespoke software products, and in relation to brand protection strategy applicable to its corporate rebranding exercise.
  • Advising a London based manufacturer, distributor and retailer of high end clothing and accessories on its complex trade mark licensing arrangements, including wholesaling, distribution and retailing on a worldwide basis.
  • Carrying out website healthchecks for numerous clients, including the well known Sussex based opera house, to advise on IP issues arising from their website presence.
  • Advising an international celebrity stylist in relation to copyright issues arising out of the styling of fashion photoshoots.
  • Advising certain well known sports personalities on various commercial ventures and licensing arrangements.
  • Acting for the owners of radio controlled LED wristbands in connection with a licensing agreement with a major rock band.
  • Advising a London based technology development company in respect of the development of certain products on behalf of its client and the ownership and licensing of IP rights arising as a result of that development.
  • Advising on trade mark registrations and licensing deals for a start-up publishing company.
  • Various acquisitions of IP assets for corporate clients, including a series of well-known book titles and an online travel business including in excess of 750 domain names.
  • Advising various businesses in connection with disputes arising from alleged breaches of copyright, database rights and duties of confidence by former employees and company officers.
  • Advising a design company in a copyright infringement action.

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