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Restructuring Your Business

BPE provides sound commercial legal advice throughout each lifestage of a business, whether it's changing the structure of the business from sole trader to a limited company or partnership or appointing sales agents, building or taking on a franchise or valuing your business for investment.

Intellectual Property

Licensing your brand

Your brand is an extremely valuable asset. Our Commercial team can help you exploit your brand to its utmost potential by advising on all aspects of IPR including creation, ownership, registration, renewal, infringement, licensing and how to use/exploit it to further/develop the business.

Rebranding, creating and protecting products & services

Your brand is an extremely valuable asset. Our Commercial team can help you exploit your brand to its utmost potential by advising on all aspects of IPR including creation, ownership, registration, renewal, infringement, licensing and how to use/exploit it to further/develop the business.

Data protection when restructuring your business

If you're in the process of restructuring your business, or have plans to restructure, why not speak to our team about data protection and database rights? We can ensure any restructuring does not compromise your ability to process business data and advise you on data protection and database rights. 

Liaising with IP valuation consultants

Your company's IP is one of your most valuable assets. It could even be your most valuable asset when it comes to securing finance for growth, joint ventures or mergers and acquisitions. So how do you value your IP? We can help you source a well respected IP Valuation Consultant and make sure your best interests are being served throughout the whole process.

IP assignments and transfer

What is one man’s rubbish is often another man’s treasure, and there is sometimes money to be made by selling unnecessary, redundant and unused intellectual property rights to others who see a potential benefit, just as one may be tempted to sell unwanted furniture, equipment or property.

If you’re the seller, then you’ll undoubtedly want to sell lock, stock and barrel and retain no residual liability, whereas if you’re the buyer, then you may want to reserve a right to come back against the seller if the rights you’re buying turn out to be infringing somebody else’s rights.

We can work with you to ensure the terms of the sale, or assignment, both maximise the benefit to you and minimise the risk, and any necessary formalities at appropriate IP registries are satisfied.

IP audit

Being such an intangible concept, many businesses are not wholly aware of what IP they actually have to their name. As a result, IP can often be left unprotected and vulnerable, or opportunities to exploit IP can be left unexplored.

Should IP be valued and included in your company’s accounts, and are there tax credits to be claimed by virtue of R&D-based IP?

With an opportunity to come in and understand your business, we can undertake a full audit of both obvious and visible IP, such as patents and trade marks, together with the more subtle IP, such as copyright, know-how and confidential information, both with a view to identifying the assets your business has, and how best to ensure those assets are protected and exploited.

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