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  • 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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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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They forgot about Drai

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
Partner
0113 227 9316
LPatel@LawBlacks.com
Yat Wong
Yat Wong
Solicitor
0113 227 9346
YWong@LawBlacks.com
Pete Konieczko-Hansom
Pete Konieczko-Hansom
Associate Solicitor
0113 227 9384
PKHansom@LawBlacks.com
Tate Chakrabarty
Tate Chakrabarty
Associate Solicitor
0113 227 9260
TChakrabarty@LawBlacks.com
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