Intellectual property

“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

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 lead 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.

 

“Blake Morgan are approachable - you can speak plain English to them. I'm very happy with them as they are responsive and very helpful.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016

“Blake Morgan LLP’s ‘excellent' team has ‘invaluable' knowledge.”

The Legal 500 UK 2014

“They're professional, the work is of a high quality and they are very straightforward to deal with: everything you want!”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2014

Related expertise

Main contacts

Related Knowledge & Resources

Blake Morgan strengthens Commercial Litigation team

Press Release

Blake Morgan has made two key appointments to build on the success of its London-based commercial litigation practice.

Worldwide recognition for Blake Morgan IP team

News

The Blake Morgan IP group are delighted to have been ranked in the 2017 World Trade Mark Review 1000.

Wearable technology at work: why HR needs to get involved

News

Jon Belcher, Senior Solicitor in our Data Protection team and Charlotte Marshall, Trainee Solicitor in our Employment law team, look at the increasing use of wearable technology at work (such as Apple watches, Google Glass and Fitbit)

Is your IPTV box "legit"?

A pub landlord was being sued by Football Association Premier League Limited for copyright infringement for using a IPTV box. Here is what happened next.

McCartney files US lawsuit against Sony/ATV over reclaiming Beatles copyright.

Paul McCartney yesterday (18 January 2017) filed papers in Federal Court in New York seeking a declaration that is entitled to reclaim the rights to a number of songs that he co-wrote with John Lennon from September 1962 to June 1971.

The dangers of using false accreditations

The recent case of National Guild of Removers and Storers Ltd v Bee Moved Ltd demonstrates the dangers of falsely claiming accreditation with an association.

Who really owns your name – Ben Evans published in the CITMA Review

Ben Evans comments on a case where a partner in a firm of solicitors sought to prevent her former firm from continuing to use her name, both as part of the firm's name and also as part of a profile for her on their website.

Brexit: what this means for Trademark and Design owners.

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. This raises many questions about what happens now with the UK and our future relationship with the EU trade mark and design system.

Mind your own business – how can a business protect its social media contacts?

Who owns the social media contacts generated by an employee in the course of employment, and what steps can a business take to protect them?

Bocacina Ltd v Boca Cafes Ltd

We discuss the thought processes behind the award of costs in Bocacina v Boca Cafes.