Domain names, acquisition, transfers, assignments
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.
IPR with border control & customs
Our solicitors are able to deploy quick anti-counterfeiting measures to prevent the introduction of infringing and counterfeit products from entering into your territory, the UK and even the EU.
We also have the experience and contacts with HM Customs and Revenue's Intellectual Property Authorisation Unit to cease and destroy products as they arrive into UK and EU ports/customs. We have litigators who can apply for an emergency order for an injunction, search order, freezing order or delivery up of products. Our specialist Intellectual Property Solicitors are able to advance and invoke both the civil and criminal sanctions for infringement of intellectual property rights that counterfeiting involves. Legislation includes, but not limited to, the Trade Mark Act 1994, Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, The Olympic Symbol Protection Act 1995, Goods Infringing Intellectual Property Rights (Customs) Regulations 2004 and the Counterfeit and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1172/2007.
Comprehensive and working knowledge of these legislations is key to providing our clients with accurate and focused advice every time.
Managing goodwill and reputation
The creation and cultivation of your brand is one of the most important aspects of your business, which is why it is important ensure it isn't damanged in anyway.
An effective brand strategy will help you to protect your brand and keep the good reputation you have built up. Our IP team can offer sound commercial judgement and practical advice on brand strategy and will work quickly to event damage to your reputation and to stop competitors taking advantage of the goodwill you have worked hard to create.
Non disclosure, confidentiality agreements, know-how, trade secrets
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.
With the rapid growth of technology and the globalisation of business, infringers are finding new ways to copy, imitate and free ride. The methods of policing infringement both online an offline are now more complex than ever before. the need for lawyers to understand the legal framework is a must, as is the importance of knowing your business and the technology you adopt.
We are fast to identify what measures you need to take to ensure your rights are being safeguarded and that infringers are targetted and unlawful activities stopped.
Your brand is the most easily recognised intellectual property asset of your business, which is why it is important to protect it. You can do this by registering your trademark, whether this be a word, sound, logo or colour, with the trade mark database.
The process of registering a trade mark usually takes around four months, as long as there are no objections, and the registered trade mark will last 10 years. Registering a trade mark in the UK only protects your brand in the UK - there are different processes in place for registering EU and interntional trade marks. Before you register your trade mark, it's a good idea to search the trade mark database to check if anyone has already registered a similar or identical trade mark for the same or similar goods or services.
Our Intellectual Property experts can talk you through the process in more detail so please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Once you have registered your trade mark, you will be able to take legal action against anyone who uses your brand without your permission, including potential counterfeiters. It will also enable you to sell and license your brand and use the ® symbol next to your brand to show it belongs to you and warn others against using it.