What is IP law ?
Intellectual property (which is commonly abbreviated to IP) is a dynamic complicated area of the law. However, it is important for any business, of any size – from the smallest sole tradership wanting to protect its trademark, to the biggest business wanting to apply for a patent on an invention they have come up with.
Intellectual property can be thought of in the same way as “physical property”; it is capable of being bought and sold, licensed and leased. It is also something that can be stolen.
What services can intellectual property solicitors help with ?
Intellectual property solicitors provide a comprehensive range of intellectual property services, including:
- Intellectual property audits, to make sure you are aware of your IP rights, exploit hitherto unexploited opportunities (such as leasing unused IP rights) and not infringing other’s IP rights.
- Drafting of and advice intellectual property leases and licenses
- Drafting of and advice on franchising, agency and distribution agreements
- Advice on research and collaboration agreements
- Patent applications and enforcement both home and abroad
- Domestic and international searches for patent applications
- Trademark applications and enforcement both home and abroad
- World-wide counterfeit IP monitoring
- Advice on website law and domain protection
- Intellectual property dispute resolution
- Advice on data protection law
- International intellectual property advice