The team is recognised for its intellectual property work in Chambers and Partners, as are its lawyers who are described as “extremely switched on to the commercial realities.”
Our business lawyers have strong experience in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) comprising the following formal rights. We assist in the protection (where applicable through registration) of these rights and help businesses to recognise the value of such rights in their activities:
- Database rights
- Design rights
- Trade marks
- Confidential information
Having identified which IP rights exist in a business, our lawyers help clients to maximise the benefit of such rights, through exploitation and licensing to third parties. We can assist in procuring that any such licensing arrangements contain the necessary protection and certainty to ensure that such rights are secure but derive the appropriate benefit to their owners.
Ideas cannot normally be protected by patents, trade marks or copyright, therefore in order to protect such ideas, the law of confidentiality must be used. Our lawyers regularly provide advice on confidentiality/non-disclosure agreements, whether as a precursor to commercial negotiations on a commercial contract or preceding a corporate transaction.
Examples of information frequently requiring the protection of such agreements include: know-how, trade secrets (such as manufacturing processes, recipes, formulae or customer lists), TV show formats and creative ideas for advertising and marketing campaigns.
Ideas and confidential information are valuable assets of a business – our Technology & Media team can help to ensure that these ideas are provided with adequate protection by an infrastructure imposing confidentiality on the recipients of such information.