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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property presents both opportunities and threats to businesses and individuals.

Many base their strategies on commercialising their intellectual property, either alone or with others. However, if they are to reap the full rewards of their efforts and enjoy the full scope of their rights, they often need to prevent others from exploiting such efforts and rights – but be mindful that competitors and others will have the same considerations.

We have a highly rated and substantial team of lawyers specialising in all aspects of intellectual property law (and the associated strategic and commercial issues). Those in the team provide clear and commercially focused advice based on a combination of local knowledge and a global outlook.

Our substantial international practice means we often work with leading intellectual property specialists around the world across all our areas of specialism, which include patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, databases and confidential information.

In the UK and internationally through our world-wide networks, we work with clients in most sectors of industry and commerce, including technology, general manufacturing, chemicals, life sciences and healthcare, leisure (including sports), media, fashion and design, publishing and education, as well as with clients in the charitable, not-for-profit and governmental sectors. They range from some of the largest and best known businesses in the world to start-ups, from fast growing high-tech companies to more traditional businesses.

Our clients are able to count on us to give practical, innovative and business-minded solutions whatever the situation, whether it be the giving of strategic advice or involving a transaction or a dispute. We are lawyers who see opportunity where others see only obstacles and are committed to understanding our clients’ businesses and contributing to their success.

We deal robustly with intellectual property disputes and assist clients in a range of approaches (including alternative dispute resolution) to resolve contentious matters, whilst remaining alert to their commercial considerations, and the complexities that arise especially when the dispute has a multi-jurisdictional dimension.

Our core services include: