Fast, affordable and expert legal advice for your Intellectual Property matters
Intellectual property advice for businesses
Do you need to increase or protect the valuation of your company? Or make it easier to raise investment? Or grow your revenues?
You can do all these things if you identify, protect and exploit your Intellectual Property (‘IP’).
Your IP is the value of the creative assets your business generates. All businesses, no matter how big or small, will own some form of IP. It is crucial to appreciate what this umbrella term comprises and how it applies to your business. Without this understanding, you will be at a considerable competitive disadvantage to other companies who have this knowledge and who exploit their IP to their benefit. Seeking intellectual property legal advice at the earliest possible stage in the development of your business is always advisable and worthwhile. Quality and strategic IP legal advice may even help to foresee, avoid and ward off costly IP disputes and ultimately save your business significant time and money!
Intellectual Property can subsist in literary, dramatic and musical works and include trademarks, design rights, copyrights and patents. They may be relevant to a wide variety of assets including text, graphics, artwork, photographs, packaging, inventions, videos, audio, websites, databases, software and apps. Understanding what IP you have in your business/brand and how best to protect, use and exploit it, is fundamental to profitability.
How can our lawyers help?
As part of our intellectual property legal services, Our expert lawyers will offer a fixed price intellectual property advice and help you with all aspects of IP protection including:
- Transactional and contentious IP legal advice
- Working out what IP you own, when/how the IP was created and by whom
- Registering and protecting that IP, so other people can’t use or steal it
- Advising on whether the launch of a new brand is viable and the name is cleared/free to use
- Making sure you are not at risk of infringing anyone else’s IP
- Helping to protect and maximise the value of confidential information, know how and trade secrets
- Helping you commercialise the value of that IP, including via licensing and assignment
- Negotiating instances of domain name disputes and cybersquatting
- Advising on the status of IP rights pre and post the Brexit transitional period
- Advising on IP in the context of corporate transactions
IP matters are often time-sensitive and our lawyers are able to respond quickly and cost-effectively. We provide quick, affordable and easy to understand legal consultation. We offer a free no-obligation 15 min legal phone consultation with one of our Intellectual Property lawyers.
Send us your enquiry using the form on the right and a member of our team will get back to you within 2 working hours.
What are Copyrights?
Copyright is the right of a creator of a particular piece of work to prevent other people from reproducing or making use of that work. The law of copyright exist to make sure that if you’re a creator, you can create value from your work by retaining control over its exploitation.LEARN MORE ABOUT COPYRIGHTS
What are Design Rights?
Design rights are an underused element of intellectual property rights because many people don't know about them. There are two types of design rights: registered design rights and unregistered design rights.LEARN MORE ABOUT DESIGN RIGHTS
What are Trademarks?
A trademark is a mark that a business uses to differentiate its goods or services from those of all other business. It’s a badge of (trade) origin that tells the consumer ‘this is my product’ or ‘these are my services’. When you have a trademark registered, nobody can use that mark in your business sector without your agreement, and so it’s a very valuable way of protecting your brand.LEARN MORE ABOUT TRADEMARKS
Intellectual Property FAQs
Why do I need to protect my business' intellectual property?
Intellectual property is a valuable asset. In 2014, the UK government reported that UK IP was worth £133 billion and tangible assets in the UK were worth £121 billion.
The Intellectual Property rights help you to protect your ideas, products or services so people can’t use them without your permission.
What is considered intellectual property?
Intellectual property protects your unique creations, such as:
- Inventions (patents)
- Creative work (copyright)
- Your brand name (trademarks)
Some types of intellectual property must be registered and other types arise automatically.
What are some examples of intellectual property?
- Copyright protects creative works such as novels, music, movies and even software.
- Patents protect inventions such as pharmaceutical drugs.
- Trademarks protect your brand name to ensure that it is only used with your goods and services.
How long does intellectual property protection last?
Each type of intellectual property lasts for different amounts of time and depending on the circumstances:
- In general, a Patent right lasts for 20 years.
- Copyright protects written works during the lifetime of the author plus 70 years.
- A Trademark can last indefinitely as long as the owner continues to use the mark and renew its registration.
What rights does the intellectual property owner have?
Intellectual property rights allow you to prevent others from using your works or your brand name.
What is the difference between copyright and intellectual property?
Copyright is a type of intellectual property. Other types of intellectual property are patents and trade marks.
Free Intellectual Property Checklist for Businesses
Complete our free online IP checklist to see where you could be at risk or have the potential to increase your business valuation.
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