Intellectual property (IP)
We advise on all aspects of the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP.
We have developed particular expertise in relation to software development, technology transfers and IP licensing.
IP strategy – We identify what IP your business owns and, more importantly, what it should protect formally and the best way to do this cost-effectively.
Copyright – We have a detailed understanding of copyright law and related commercial issues, which puts us in a strong position to advise on related areas such as software licensing.
Trademarks and designs – Our experience in protecting client’s brands and/or designs enables us to manage the registration of trademarks, designs and patents for your business. We have links with foreign lawyers and agents and can secure protection for IP rights nationally and internationally.
Patents and know-how – For new inventions and processes, we advise on patent applications, working with patent agents, and through suitable licensing arrangements. We always consider your primary commercial objectives and take a strategic, rather than an academic, approach.
Research & development collaborations – we advise parties in relation various forms of R&D collaborations, including academic and private sector bodies where getting the correct position on IP ownership and exploitation is of vital importance.
First-class legal advice combined with exceptional business knowledge
We have established many strong relationships with accountants, IP agents, banks and investors, which helps us to give you not only first-class legal advice but strong business advice. We are the UK member firm of the IT IP Law Group Europe, a specialist network of technology lawyers that provides pan-European coverage in commercial and technology law issues.
As one of the largest law firms in the south of England, with offices in Southampton, Richmond and the City of London, we work with an extensive range of clients from early-stage businesses to multinational organisations from the UK and abroad.
For more information please contact Dorothy Agnew or John Warchus.