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Intellectual property

Intellectual property can set a business apart from its competitors. Our team directly engages with clients’ legal and technical teams to deliver their commercial agenda. We help develop strategies to protect, exploit and enforce those intellectual property assets and maximise value.

We work with cutting edge technology businesses helping protect, exploit and enforce their intellectual property. Our intellectual property specialists also advise businesses in the retail and consumer goods, leisure, financial services and energy and renewables sectors where intellectual property continues to play an important part in our clients’ development strategy.

We advise on patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off and unfair competition. We're also experienced in advising on database rights, rights in confidential information and related competition issues.

The team has significant experience advising on intellectual property disputes in High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and arbitration. We have scored notable successes for our clients both asserting rights, and defending against claims of infringement.

Many of the issues we advise on have a cross-border aspect, and our team has developed a strong network of leading intellectual property lawyers in other countries, allowing us to provide global support.

Our approach is fundamental to the way we work with clients. Through really understanding and getting to know our client's business, we see first-hand how intellectual property can assist them.

Highlights

  • Advising SecondSync on all intellectual property aspects of its sale to Twitter.
  • Advising an online price comparison business on its trade mark rights and successfully managing the prosecution of a trade mark application at a strongly contested hearing.
  • Advising a cable manufacturer in relation to threatened patent infringement claims.
  • Advising a software developer on rights in a jointly developed software tool.
  • Advising Nampak in its High Court patent litigation concerning rights in packaging.

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