Intellectual Property (IP) Disputes

Our Dispute Resolution Team are highly experienced at being able to resolve disputes regarding intellectual property including claims, providing pragmatic and commercial advice to you.

Intellectual Property disputes?
Intellectual Property encompasses a vast and diverse array of property from software and other copyright materials, to designs and logos and inventions and processes. How can we help?

  • Copyright infringement or copyright protection – Copyright is probably the intellectual property which is most commonly infringed. The law protects original artistic, dramatic and literary works. 
  • Trade Mark infringement or breach – Trade marks can have protection both in an unregistered and a registered format. 
  • Design Rights – These rights can be registered or unregistered. A registered
    design provides a legal monopoly. As with trade marks design owners can apply for a UK registered design or a Community Registered design. 
  • Patents – Patents give the inventor of a technical device or process an absolute monopoly over it for a fixed period of time. The process of obtaining a patent is strict and a formal application process needs to be undertaken.
  • Confidential Information – It can be possible to protect information which is sensitive to a business through rights in confidential information (which
    covers know how and trade secrets). Whilst these are not strictly IP
    rights they can protect sensitive information, both technical and commercial and do not need to be registered

Protecting your brands intellectual Property
It is important for individuals to protect their assets and this includes the non-tangible assets that you might own. Registering your ownership of those assets that can be registered is key but equally important is vigilance to stop unauthorised use. It is important to take action to stop other individuals and companies from infringing your rights as if you do not take action it can later be argued that you have granted an implied licence for your works to be used.

Often disputes such as these can be resolved without the need to resort to litigation and early involvement from us can ensure that any IP infringement is stopped promptly. When it is not possible to bring the dispute to an end quickly through correspondence, we have unrivalled expertise in running proceedings to enforce and defend intellectual property rights for you through the Court process should this be necessary.

Quick links

IP Protection: Protect what you create

Most businesses benefit from a basic understanding of Intellectual Property rights to help protect what they create and to avoid them infringing the rights of other people and businesses.

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Copyright Infringement: Spring Promotion on Cease and Desist Letters

Are you the owner of copyright in photographers, pictures or words?  Have you discovered someone else is using the work without your permission?  A take down notice from us may be all it takes to stop the infringement of your intellectual property and to secure you a monetary sum by way of compensation.

Failure to take action can result in you losing your rights in relation to the works.  Therefore, it is important to act to protect your assets.

Compensation will depend on the level of infringement but often we can secure you in the region of £750 to £1,000.


Latest news & insights

Auto-sync causes IP infringement

Auto-sync causes IP infringement

In the case of WEISS TECHNIK UK LTD v DAVIES, the Court held that four former employees and a company set up by one of them had breached their contractual and equitable confidentiality obligations.

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