Intellectual property

“Consistency of expertise and communication skills at all levels.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“Blake Morgan shines in brand protection matters.”

Legal 500 2017

Significant experience 

Examples of recent ways in which we have assisted our clients include:

  • Advising a not-for-profit training provider on their trade mark portfolio and an infringement on its copyright that led to a successful claim at the Patents County Court concerning copied training materials and content.
  • Acting on a number of confidential trade mark disputes where marks were conflicted against our clients'.
  • Securing a certified trade mark for the Professional Standards Authority, a government body involved in regulation of health and social care work.
  • Advising and negotiating on the agreement of patent and technology grant licenses for a manufacturing client.
  • Acting for a large vehicle management company in relation to reputational risk arising from IP issues following employee departures.
  • Simon Stokes acting as Copyright and Artists Resale Right Counsel to the Society of London Art Dealers, advising for example on the extension of resale right to dead artists from January 1 2012.
  • Advising on numerous IP and contract issues including App development, digital content, licensing and contract matters for a major international magazine publishing and advertising agency, strong in the digital space.

Additional expertise

We have a worldwide network of trusted law firms and trade mark and patent attorneys with whom we work regularly and we can ensure that cross-border contracts work in other jurisdictions.

 

“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.”

World Trademark Review 2017
Blake Morgan provides a complete service, not only to those who use IP, but to those whose business is IP.

Main areas of practice 

Among the most valuable assets of many businesses and organisations are intellectual property (IP) rights. Businesses therefore require innovative means of developing, exploiting and protecting these precious assets.

 Our lawyers are expert advisors in: 

  • Creation & protection
  • Exploitation and contracts
  • Strategic planning
  • Investigations
  • IP disputes
  • Copyright
  • Trade marks and  designs
  • Passing off and confidential information 

For more detailed information on each of these areas we advise and act on please download the Blake Morgan Guide to IP Services on the right side of this page. 

Clients 

We act for all types of business from small start-ups to household names and span diverse sectors to include: 

Intellectual property Information technology
Bio-technologies  Pharmaceuticals 
Publishing  Media 
Franchising  Charities and not-for-profit

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