What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property ("IP") protects inventions, designs, artwork, written works, brand names, customers lists the list goes on and on.

At the heart of IP is that it protects products of the mind rather than physical items. IP rights are however some of the most important assets that a business owns and are often the reason for its success, or failure. Our IP team advises clients across a range of industries and sectors in protecting, exploiting and, where necessary, enforcing their IP rights. Such work involves working with colleagues across the firm and with our network of local agents throughout the world.

It means our lawyers get to see new technologies in their very infancy, to negotiate multi-million pound licences, to co-ordinate complex litigation across multiple territories to enforce our client's rights and to advise local start-ups on protecting the IP in their bedroom-developed software. For our lawyers no day is quite alike, a morning may be spent dealing with emails received overnight from agents in the US, China or Japan, a quick conference call with a client and then a court hearing in the afternoon. Another day might involve meeting clients or agents in some far-flung destination to discuss ongoing matters or to take new instructions.

Through their involvement from protection through to exploitation and enforcement our IP lawyers gain real insight into our client's businesses and develop lasting relationships as the client's business grows from start-up through to (hopefully) multi-million pound enterprises.

Our team is ranked in all of the leading directories and, was recently recognised by the World Trademark Review as: "Operating flawlessly across the contentious/non-contentious divide, it has cultivated a well-balanced practice, making it a cost-effective out-of-London destination for one-stop shopping.""