Starting Up

BPE has built a reputation for working with start up businesses and supporting them throughout their growth. From deciding whether to be a limited company or a sole trader to recruiting the right staff for your business and making sure your business is fully protected, we can help.

Intellectual Property

Trade marks, domain names & brand management

We work with a wide range of clients, from start ups to high profile brands, advising on all aspects from trade mark and domain name registration, brand management to international protection and IP litigation.

With wide-ranging global expertise, our team can support you with business issues arising both in the UK and overseas whether commercial challenges or those posed by infringers and counterfeit products.

Your brand is your business and so a very precious commodity. Once you've decided upon a name for your business it's important to check that you're not inadvertently copying someone else's name, and then trademarking it.

The best way to avoid infringing on someone's trademark rights is to research, research, and more research. Some new businesses don't undertake a trademark search thinking that owning a company name or domain name registration is enough. Unfortunately, you usually find out that you're infringing someone else's trademark, after you've spent considerable time and money on branding, marketing and building up your reputation.

We can help. From patents to trademarks, copyright infringement to IP litigation, our wide-ranging global expertise means your brand is in safe hands.

Protecting your confidential information

We can work with you to find the appropriate method of protecting your rights anywhere in the world. Policing infringements, especially online is ever more challenging, which is why it pays to have experts on your side who understand your business and take the time to understand your commercial objectives.

  • Copyright - we regularly advise authors, artists, script writers and others on whether their work benefits from copyright and what practical steps they can take.
  • Patents and inventions - it isn't always appropriate to apply for patent protection on every invention. We can help you decide the best way forward - we recommend seeking advice early and before you go public.
  • Confidential information and know-how - you can protect an original idea by the law of confidence. We can help you write a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement with anyone who you are going to discuss your idea with. 

Other intellectual property rights - there is a raft of protection available for ideas and inventions, and we can let you know the best options for you, whatever area you are working in, and wherever you are working globally.