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.
Intellectual Property can include trademarks, design rights, copyrights and patents.

Our expert lawyers will review your IP for a fixed price and help up you with all aspects of IP protection, including:

  • Working out what IP you own
  • Registering and protecting that IP, so other people can’t use or steal it
  • Making sure you are not at risk of infringing anyone else’s IP
  • Helping you commercialise the value of that IP

We provide quick, affordable and easy to understand legal consultation. We offer a free no-obligation 15min 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.

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What is Intellectual Property and why is it important for your business?

For a business, one of its most valuable assets is something quite intangible: Intellectual Property ('IP'). IP is the value generated by your creativity. It can include trademarks, copyrights, design rights and patents. Just because you cannot see or touch it, it doesn't mean it has no value. IP can create income for you, help you grow, and add value when you come to sell or exit your business. Intellectual Property needs to be identified, nurtured and protected in order to safeguard your future.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Intellectual Property FAQs

Why do I need to protect my 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.
  • 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.

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