Copyright can be the unsung hero in businesses’ IP portfolios. It arises automatically without registration in the UK and other territories including the EU, and offers protection on an international scale.
Protection covers a wide variety of media including artistic, musical and literary works alongside broadcasts, films and performances. These can include fashion and jewellery designs, technical drawings and models, software, advertisements and web designs to name a few.
Our IP lawyers will assist you in securing ownership, enforcing, and exploiting these valuable rights in a sensible commercial way, tailored to your business needs. Our services include:
- Advising on commissioning works from third parties and securing ownership
- Advising on the protection of software and databases
- Bringing or defending copyright and database right infringement actions
- Advising on online copyright issues
- Advising on protection and enforcement of mass produced designs through copyright
- Anti-piracy strategies including co-ordinating international anti-piracy action
- Legal issues relating to fine art working closely with our leading art law practice group
- Advising on publishing and broadcasting agreements and disputes
- Advising on and enforcing moral rights
- Management of global portfolios
- Copy and product clearance
- Advising on advertising and marketing codes
Meet the team
Brexit and intellectual property: Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and
Charlotte looks at where else trade mark and design protection may be required following Brexit.
Diversification of landed estates – a trade mark lawyer’s advice...
Mary looks at the diversification of landed estates and offers her expert advice from a trade mark perspective
Brexit and Intellectual Property: one month on
Charlotte looks at the impact of Brexit on intellectual property one month on
IP in a Pod: Social Media
What IP issues surround the use and protection of hashtags, memes, GIFs and stickers?
Burger King, Stevenage and my FIFA confusion
Remote hearings in the COVID-19 era: another new normal?
Charlotte and Simon look at remote hearings in the COVID-19 era
Ferrari 250 GTO is a work of art
To post, or not to post?
Following the ECJ’s recent ruling, re-posting of a photograph is likely to require the authorisation of the copyright owner.
Copyright Infringement: Beware of the DJ
Premises owner liable for infringement of copyright after DJs play music on his premises
Counterfeit websites will be blocked, but there is a cost!
Peter Byrd considers the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision in the Cartier case, concerning blocking injunctions in the UK.
How (not) to protect an idea for a TV format
A rare case alleging that a TV format has been copied has been thrown out of court for having no realistic prospect of success
Kate O’Rourke ranked one of top 250 women in global 2017 IP rankings
Senior counsel at Charles Russell Speechlys, Kate O'Rourke, has once again been included in the global IP Stars' top 250 women in IP 2017.
Mary Bagnall interviewed by Associated Press highlighting prevalent issues surrounding counterfeit goods