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Areas of specialisation

  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Copyright
  • Trade marks
  • Confidentiality/trade secrets
  • IP audits
  • IP employment clauses
  • IP infringement
  • IT

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:

  • 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.
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Meet the Team

Our Intellectual Property Team can help you identify, protect and exploit your creation or invention. If you are looking to protect your songs or exploit your image, for example, please get in touch.

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Monday October 08 2018

It’s fair to say that the bigger the brand, the more valuable it is; so it is no surprise that businesses will try their best to protect their brand even when, in hindsight, it may not have been the most … Continue reading

The shape of things to come?

Monday September 17 2018

Whilst the most common way to register a trademark is using a word or logo “mark”, there are other options available if your business uses something that is sufficiently distinctive enough, for example a colour, a smell or a shape. … Continue reading

What a load of croc!

Monday August 13 2018

Love them or hate them, Crocs have become synonymous with summer months, gardening and splashing about in the surf.  But did you know that they recently lost their patent protection in the EU?  This means that you can expect to … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property
Luke Patel
Luke Patel
0113 227 9316

Luke Patel qualified as a Solicitor in London in 1995 and has worked at Blacks Solicitors since 1998, where he is now a Partner and Head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury & Medical Negligence teams.

Luke acts for a broad range of clients from owner managed businesses to charities and international organisations, undertaking a variety of commercial chancery work including: company and contractual disputes; director/shareholder disputes; disputes concerning trustees; professional negligence; defamation; privacy; and property litigation (including landlord and tenant matters).

He has a particular experience in dealing with complex charity disputes concerning religious organisations (temples, gurdwaras and mosques) acting for both trustees, executive committees and congregation members in group type actions.

Luke has also had several reported cases in the Court of Appeal. One successful matter included advising a prominent religious leader where permission was secured to appeal to the Court of Appeal, and the case went on to the Supreme Court.

Recognised by the Legal 500 as being “an exceptional litigator”, “very client focused, driven by getting the right outcome for his clients and always delivering an impeccable service”. Luke was also awarded the Best Professional in Business Award at the English Asian Business Awards 2013.

Yat Wong
Yat Wong
0113 227 9346

Yat Wong joined Blacks Solicitors in 2007 and is a Solicitor in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team.

Before joining Blacks, Yat worked for law firms in the North East, South Yorkshire, and in London, and has over 21 years’ experience in advising both private individuals and businesses on all aspects of litigation.

Yat’s specialisms include boundary and property disputes, contractual disputes, professional negligence claims, intellectual property disputes, and company and partnership disputes.

Although Yat is highly accomplished in litigating cases, he is keen to try to resolve disputes for clients in a pragmatic and commercial way to minimise any cost to them.

Tate Chakrabarty
Tate Chakrabarty
Associate Solicitor
0113 227 9260

Tate Chakrabarty qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 with a national law firm and joined Blacks Solicitors in 2017, where he is currently an Associate Solicitor in the Corporate & Commercial team.

Prior to joining Blacks, Tate worked in-house for several large manufacturers including: as European Counsel for a global steel company; Legal Counsel for Europe’s largest producer of silicone rubber; and as Legal Counsel for a FTSE listed manufacturer of plastics.

Tate has also acted as a Consultant for companies listed on the FTSE, the Canadian Securities Exchange, the Sensex and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Whilst he specialises in commercial law and is vastly experienced in handling agreements and commercial matters for global manufacturers, Tate also has extensive experience in handling and negotiating data protection/privacy matters and agreements, as well as advising on competition law/anti-trust matters.

Tate is also recognised by The Legal 500 for having “the perfect combination of being highly personal and razor sharp in his legal and commercial knowledge”, as well as being “incredibly reliable”.

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