Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property is a fast moving and complex area of law. It is relevant to almost every commercial enterprise and many to other organisations, regardless of their size or specialism.
Intellectual property rights may exist in virtually every creation, which could be an artistic or written work, a brand name, a website, computer software or an invention for a product or a process. Your intellectual property rights can often be just as valuable as more traditional assets such as tangible property and stock.
We provide practical, commercial and informed advice on the best way to commercialise and enforce intellectual property rights. Our work ranges over the entire spectrum of intellectual property rights, including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, confidentiality and know-how, domain names, image rights and database rights as they may relate to digital and other technologies, media, the internet, designs, brands and consumer products. We deal with transactions as well as disputes, taking account of the possible effects of “Brexit” on intellectual property rights portfolios.
We offer a “one stop shop” for all intellectual property matters, whether in the United Kingdom or overseas. We have good connections with patent and trade mark attorneys, trade mark and domain searching and monitoring agencies, intellectual property lawyers in multiple jurisdictions, specialist legal translators and other professionals in the intellectual property world enabling you to acquire, protect and enforce intellectual property rights globally.
As just a few general examples, we can help you in the following instances:
- Commercial exploitation of intellectual property through licensing, assignment, research and development, collaboration, and joint venture agreements
- Contentious intellectual property matters in the UK Intellectual Property Office, EU Intellectual Property Office and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court
- Identification and audit of intellectual property rights, generally, and as part of corporate due diligence in connection with corporate transactions and separate acquisitions and sales of intellectual property assets
- Infringement and passing off actions, domain name disputes and trade mark oppositions
- Licensing of intellectual property assets such as patents, know-how, copyright, designs and trade marks
- Merchandising, sales promotion, franchising, product endorsement and sponsorship agreements
- Procurement of patent grants and registrations of trade marks and designs
- Protection of know-how, trade secrets and confidential information
"Laurie Heizler is very knowledgeable and thorough."
Legal 500 2017