Intellectual property embraces the physical expression of ideas, be that a design, words or music for a song, manuscript, brand, logo, or invention, to name but a few.
Intellectual property is of interest because many of these rights, when used to their full potential, can be valuable business assets. If you do well, there may be others who will try to gain from your success. If that happens, you may be able to use your intellectual property rights to stop them. A lot of intellectual property can be protected formally, often for not too much cost, which gives even stronger rights and in many cases a monopoly to exploit the intellectual property. It is also worth knowing the basics, if only to ensure important documents are retained; for example, design drawings.
In practice many intellectual property rights overlap. An invention may be patentable, but might also be an innovative design, with the design drawings protected by copyright; the name given to the invention may be a registrable trade mark and the inventor may have information in their head (know-how) without which the invention could not easily be manufactured. So, various rights may exist at the same time or at different times during the life of an item.
The intellectual property rights created include copyright, design rights, trade marks, patents, image rights, trade secrets, confidential information and know-how.
Intellectual property law covers the existence, extent, protection, assertion, ownership and exploitation of those assets. We can help:
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- protect your fledgling assets by advising on confidentiality and preparing Non-Disclosure Agreements to ensure that those who you approach with your creations do not steal or damage your rights to them or, if they do, they will face certain consequences;
- draw up the necessary documents for exploiting your intellectual property rights, such as by licensing or selling (assigning) them;
- you purchase or licence the intellectual property belonging to other individuals or entities;
- you to enter into Research and Development Agreements;
- advise and assist you if you think someone is infringing your intellectual property rights or, indeed, if you are accused of infringing another’s right or rights and seek remedies in those situations;
- carry out an audit of your intellectual property to establish: what intellectual property you own; what intellectual property is protected or what needs protecting; what intellectual property you are using and, if applicable, on what terms; what intellectual property you could be using; what agreements you need to put in place; and so on.
In order for us to get a feel for your business and for you to be able to explore your options, we offer a free initial consultation. If you would like to come in to speak to Ailsa Pemberton, please contact her directly. It may be appropriate to include other legal specialists in this initial interview and Ailsa will organise this as appropriate.
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