Intellectual property

The most valuable asset of many businesses, we can help you protect and make the most of your intellectual property. 

To keep up with the disruptive era we live in, businesses need to invest in new ideas and products. Cutting-edge research and creative efforts can even lead to the birth of an entirely new business.
Understandably organisations want to see this investment protected. Intellectual property can be the competitive advantage which separates success from failure.
We can work with you to ensure your business has an effective IP strategy, you get the right protection, prevent infringers benefitting from your creation and help you fully exploit your intellectual property.  

Our lawyers

Our highly regarded team of dedicated IP specialists is committed to providing focussed, cost-effective advice by getting to know your business and understanding the sector you operate in.

Our experience

From the beginning to the end of the IP lifecycle, we have advised on issues similar to the ones you face. Whether you need to understand the protection available, licence those rights to another business, stop infringement or understand the IP landscape you want to operate in, we can steer you on the right path.

Recent experience includes:

  • Managing trade marks in 135 jurisdiction for IELTS Partnership (a partnership between the British Council, University of Cambridge Local Examinations and IELTS Australia).
  • Enforcing Jaguar Land Rover's iconic Defender trade mark against Bombardier.
  • Advising a multinational engineering business on allegations that it infringed a competitor's patent in the USA, carrying out prior art searches and devising a strategy for negotiations.
  • Preventing the registration of trade marks, including the geographical indication "Basmati" for APEDA (part of the Indian government's Ministry of Commerce & Industry).
  • Restructuring the IP holdings of a financial services group, moving all IP into two separate holding companies (one for traditional services and one for fintech) and putting in place suitable intra-group licences.

Our clients

Our clients are as diverse as the advice we give. They include public sector organisations, universities and companies, and range from technology start-ups to multinationals. They operate in fields from high street fashion to biotechnology, and higher education to the Internet of Things.

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