Intellectual property (IP) is usually a highly valuable asset that deserves protection. If another business or an individual infringes your IP rights or you are accused of intentionally or unintentionally infringing the IP of another business or person, you need an expert Intellectual Property Dispute Solicitor to safeguard your interests.
Speed can be crucial in resolving an IP dispute before tensions escalate or the reputation or profitability of your business is damaged. Our specialist IP Dispute Solicitors are on hand to help you.
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When it comes to Intellectual Property, many individuals and SMEs do not realise how crucial it is for their IP to be protected until their Intellectual Property is under attack or is the subject of a dispute.
Intellectual Property encompasses:
- Brand names and the logo of a company.
- Patented inventions and designs.
- Work such as writing, music or art.
It is important to be vigilant in protecting your IP rights. That way you can maintain your brand and reputation.
IP disputes can be avoided if you are rigorous in protecting your Intellectual Property rights through understanding what IP is automatically protected and what IP requires protection through:
- Patent – inventions such as new devices or innovations and products such as machines, machine parts, or tools.
- Registered design – such as product packaging.
- Trademark – product names or logos.
Our Intellectual Property Solicitors advise companies, entrepreneurs, and individuals on how best to protect their IP and how to avoid IP exploitation. However, IP disputes will arise and when they do, you need incisive legal advice to resolve the IP dispute and, if that is not possible, robust representation in Court litigation.
We can also talk you through your IP options when trademark disputes or infringements occur. When it comes to contentious matters, we are strong advocates and will robustly defend your position in Court, if that becomes necessary.
Understanding if your IP is at risk or has been infringed is crucial as the success of your business can rest on a brand or logo. Overuse of a logo or duplicate use of a brand name can destroy a business’s reputation for excellence or exclusivity. The use of your company branding can enable a competitor company to gain a commercial advantage without putting the hard work into their own branding or design.
IP disputes can involve:
- Domain name infringements where a third party uses a business name as part of its domain name to lure customers to its website. Domain name disputes are increasingly common with increased online business and retail use.
- Imitating a patented product contrary to the Patents Act 1977.
- Passing off by use of a similar or identical name or logo or trademark.
- Using copyrighted work without prior permission.
- Using a registered design.
Whether you are an entrepreneur looking to start up a new business and you have been accused of IP infringement because of your logo or branding, or you are a well-established company and an IP dispute has arisen because of the alleged plagiarism by one of your employees, it is essential to take early legal advice.
As expert IP Dispute Solicitors, we can resolve IP infringement claims by:
- Legal letters warning of the IP infringement. In many situations, a letter will suffice and bring an end to the dispute.
- Enforcement applications for IP rights in cases of persistent breach.
- Injunction Order application to stop ongoing infringement of IP rights.
- Making or defending a Court claim for compensation because of infringement of Intellectual Property.
- Use of mediation or arbitration as Alternate Dispute Resolution methods to keep the IP claim out of Court.
IP Solutions and Brand Protection
If you are concerned about the potential for IP infringement and want to protect your brand, our IP Solicitors can advise on applying for trademarks, registering designs, or securing patents. Being proactive early on reduces the risk of an IP dispute.
If you do not want a third party to profit from your work, our IP Solicitors can ensure that you can get the benefit of your IP through selling or licensing your IP to approved parties.
Where possible we will offer a fixed fee, so you will know what the costs are from the start. For more complex or uncertain projects, we will provide you with an estimate of the likely fees involved and keep you updated throughout the matter.
How to get in contact
Our Intellectual Property Dispute Solicitors are on hand to provide expert advice and assist you wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion on 01256 460830 or email [email protected].
Our offices are based in Basingstoke and we assist clients across the country.
We aim to keep legal jargon to a minimum and guide you through the process in a manner that is easy to understand.
Our highly-skilled solicitors offer tailored, strategic solutions to even the most complex matters, ensuring you receive the guidance and support you need.
We will be by your side throughout every stage of the process and will provide you with regular updates and advice along the way.
We communicate thoroughly with you from the outset to ensure that we fully understand your individual needs. This allows us to accurately quote for your matter leaving you without any unexpected surprises and fees further down the line.
We provide our clients with a concise and transparent breakdown of costs from the outset of the matter and throughout any subsequent stages. This enables you to build faith and trust in us early on to form a lasting relationship.
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