What is your Intellectual Property (IP) worth?

Creative products and inventions are significant assets in many organisations and are a major factor when valuing a business. The more you can do to protect them, the better.

Trade Marks and Patents are elements of this but you should consider IP protection in all aspects of your business, from employee, supplier and sales contracts to confidentiality.

Some IP risks (and opportunities) are not obvious, so it is a good idea to review your IP arrangements with an IP expert from time to time.

Your logo could be your pension scheme

Business purchasers can attach a lot of value to well-known, trusted brands, so if you want to sell up some day it is a good idea to protect your brand as fully as you can.

Registering your Trade Mark ensures that you have given your brand the best protection you can. By registering the mark you are putting your marker down on your company, brand and product names in the areas in which you trade, preventing others from doing the same.

You can Trade Mark a form of words, an image or a combination of the two – and depending on where you trade you can register for UK, EU or worldwide protection.

Successful brands are a massive attraction for imitators. A registered Trade Mark makes it simpler for you to stop them profiteering on your good name.

Trade mark registrations, oppositions and renewals

  • advice on registering your company name or logo strengthening your brand
  • transfers of title
  • infringement and passing-off procedures
  • revocation actions and challenges to validity

Patents and protection of inventions

  • advice on registering your invention and protecting your know-how

Copyright and designs

  • advice in relation to the protection and licensing of copyright and designs
  • registration of design rights

Commercial agreements that will release the value of your IP

  • advising developers, licensors and licensees
  • joint ventures
  • research and development
  • data sharing

Confidence and trade secrets

  • drafting of non-disclosure agreements
  • taking injunctive action

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