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intellectual property


Whatever the nature of the goods or services offered by your business, they will inevitably involve the use and the generation of Intellectual Property (IP) rights. Some of these IP rights will be key assets of your business and should be properly protected and managed in order to maintain and maximise their value.

Our IP team helps clients across a diverse range of sectors to effectively manage their IP assets. We give straightforward commercial advice to meet the needs of our clients which is why we are chosen and trusted by global household names and luxury brands as well as startup businesses and individuals. Our practice spans the whole range of IP rights across both contentious and non-contentious matters, whether it be complex patent litigation, trade mark strategy and protection advice, advertising and marketing matters, copyright-related issues, IP licensing arrangements, R&D and collaboration agreements or design rights advice.

Our national specialist IP team attracts some of the best and most ambitious IP talent in the UK and is recognised by Chambers as “a worthy alternative to a big City law firm” and ranked in World Trademark Review and Managing Intellectual Property.

what we do...

  • IP audits and strategy – helping you to understand your intellectual property, its relevance and value and how to manage it effectively. Assisting you with the development of an IP strategy and an IP procurement and protection plan that reflects the wider strategic aims of the business.
  • International work – well equipped to handle the international aspects of IP, we quickly and cost effectively instruct and co-ordinate advice through our close relationships with patent and trade mark attorneys, and through Pangea Net, a non-exclusive, international network of independent law firms.

  • Exploiting IP – advising on, and drafting and negotiating agreements for, all aspects of IP use and exploitation including confidentiality, R&D, collaboration, licensing, sponsorship, merchandising, partnership, joint venture, franchise and co-branding agreements, as well as advising on the transfer of IP assets.

  • Products - we offer innovative fixed priced IP related products such as our popular Marketing Compliance, IP Sentry (audit product) and anti-counterfeiting products. 

  • Dispute resolution – helping you to enforce and defend your IP rights through a range of services including infringement proceedings and interim injunction proceedings, mediation and alternative dispute resolution and opinion work, as well as opposition, invalidity and revocation actions.  We have regular exposure to the workings and processes of specialist and appellate courts – including the Court of Appeal, High Court, and Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court as well as experience with the UK and European Intellectual Property Offices, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and Nominet.

  • Creating and protecting IP – helping you to protect your investment and to secure or maintain a competitive advantage by advising on the identification, capturing, clearance and protection of all forms of IP. 

  • Full service expertise - advising on IP matters arising under other areas of law such as corporate due diligence, employment contracts, data protection, e-commerce and IT development and licence agreements.

related resources

Upcoming webinars

R&D collaboration agreements: how to deal with IP

In this webinar, Selina Hinchcliffe and Nick Smee will introduce you to some of the key questions to ask when first considering collaboration, plus the various IP ownership and licensing options that you need to contemplate.

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A litigator’s perspective on up to date brand filing and prosecution strategies

Recent court decisions about bad faith, clarity, acquired distinctiveness and jurisdiction issues with enforcement have impacted on portfolio management best practice. In this webinar, Bonita Trimmer and Giles Parsons provided a trade mark litigator’s perspective on how these decisions should influence the choices of brand portfolio managers in the UK and throughout the EU.

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Brand strategies for world acclaim - listen to the highlights of our event

We caught up with our experts following this year’s brands event for a look at how you can make the most of your brand and how to bring your business to world acclaim.
Watch this highlights video for a glimpse into our event, covering social media and how you can harness it’s power and avoid common pitfalls, what branding can deliver for your business and what you can do to keep your brand protected, as well as some key learnings from some epic brand battles and how you can apply these cases to your business.
The full talks of the day are published to SoundCloud, ready for you to listen again and share with your teams.

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Competition law and IP agreements

There is a natural tension between IP rights and competition law. On the one hand, IP rights grant a legal monopoly to the holder while, on the other hand, competition laws seek to control restrictive agreements and the use/abuse of a monopoly position.

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Declan Cushley

Declan Cushley

Partner and Head of IP and Commercial Group

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