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Intellectual Property Lawyers

Intellectual property is the intangible products of the mind, such as designs, songs, manuscripts, brands, logos, inventions, and more.

It’s important to protect these assets in order to be in control of their use, distribution, and sale. However, intellectual property law is often complex, encompassing several different areas, including copyright, trade marks, designs, patents, and trade secrets. 

Navigating the complicated world of intellectual property is made far easier by working with an expert intellectual property lawyer. Setfords’ IP solicitors are here to assist you with all areas of intellectual property, from portfolio management and licensing, to infringement and IP audits. 

Find out more about how our lawyers can help you below.

Intellectual Property Lawyer Specialisms

How exactly can our intellectual property lawyers help you and your business? View some of our main specialisms below. 

  • IP Registration and Protection

    IP Registration and Protection

    Our intellectual property lawyers can assist you in registering and protecting your assets, including:

    • Filing patent applications
    • Registering trademarks and copyrights
    • Obtaining design rights
    • Advising on confidentiality
    • Preparing non-disclosure agreements to ensure that those who you approach with your creations do not steal or damage your rights to them
  • IP Portfolio Management

    IP Portfolio Management

    Setfords’s IP solicitors can help you to manage your intellectual property portfolios effectively. This can include:

    • Reviewing and analysing existing IP assets
    • Identifying opportunities for expansion
    • Developing strategies for optimising the value of the portfolio
    • Guidance on licensing, assignment, and transfer of IP rights
  • IP Infringement

    IP Infringement

    Sometimes, your intellectual property rights will be infringed. When this happens, it’s important to have the right legal advice on your side. 

    Our IP solicitors can assist you in negotiation, mediation, and litigation in cases of infringement, oppositions, and challenges to your IP rights. We can draft letters before action to provide a third party with a request to desist, as well as drafting responses to a letter before action and defend clients against claims of IP infringement. 

  • IP Licensing and Sales

    IP Licensing and Sales

    If you are looking to licence or sell any of your intellectual property assets, Setfords is here to help. 

    Our intellectual property lawyers can assist you in drawing up the necessary documents to exploit your IP rights. We will ensure that your interests are protected, and that any agreements comply with the relevant laws and regulations.

  • Intellectual Property Audits

    Intellectual Property Audits

    Knowing what intellectual property you own and how it is protected is crucial.

    Setfords’s intellectual property experts can devise an in-depth IP report, providing a review of all the current intellectual property in use and owned by an individual or company. It will identify whether or not the intellectual property is protected or should be protected, what IP is being used, if there are problems with that usage, if others could be infringing your IP rights, whether or not any agreements need to be drafted to rectify any issues, and more. 

IP Registration and Protection

Our intellectual property lawyers can assist you in registering and protecting your assets, including:

  • Filing patent applications
  • Registering trademarks and copyrights
  • Obtaining design rights
  • Advising on confidentiality
  • Preparing non-disclosure agreements to ensure that those who you approach with your creations do not steal or damage your rights to them

IP Portfolio Management

Setfords’s IP solicitors can help you to manage your intellectual property portfolios effectively. This can include:

  • Reviewing and analysing existing IP assets
  • Identifying opportunities for expansion
  • Developing strategies for optimising the value of the portfolio
  • Guidance on licensing, assignment, and transfer of IP rights

IP Infringement

Sometimes, your intellectual property rights will be infringed. When this happens, it’s important to have the right legal advice on your side. 

Our IP solicitors can assist you in negotiation, mediation, and litigation in cases of infringement, oppositions, and challenges to your IP rights. We can draft letters before action to provide a third party with a request to desist, as well as drafting responses to a letter before action and defend clients against claims of IP infringement. 

IP Licensing and Sales

If you are looking to licence or sell any of your intellectual property assets, Setfords is here to help. 

Our intellectual property lawyers can assist you in drawing up the necessary documents to exploit your IP rights. We will ensure that your interests are protected, and that any agreements comply with the relevant laws and regulations.

Intellectual Property Audits

Knowing what intellectual property you own and how it is protected is crucial.

Setfords’s intellectual property experts can devise an in-depth IP report, providing a review of all the current intellectual property in use and owned by an individual or company. It will identify whether or not the intellectual property is protected or should be protected, what IP is being used, if there are problems with that usage, if others could be infringing your IP rights, whether or not any agreements need to be drafted to rectify any issues, and more. 

Setfords’ Approach to Intellectual Property Law

No matter the challenges you and your business may be facing, our dedicated team of intellectual property lawyers are here to help. We will actively listen to your concerns, analyse the situation, and deliver the top-notch legal advice you need. 

What sets us apart from other law firms is our team structure: all of our intellectual property lawyers have extensive experience in this area, so you will never be handed off to an inexperienced junior.

Our Intellectual Property Lawyers

Intellectual Property FAQs

  • What is intellectual property?

    Intellectual property, or IP, refers to intangible property that’s made as a result of intellectual or creative efforts. This can include assets such as designs, names, images, songs, logos, and more. 

    IP allows the people who have created these assets to have legal rights over them, so they can control their use, distribution, sale, and more. 

    IP laws can be complex and do vary between countries, so if you’re looking to seek protection, you should consider taking on the advice of an intellectual property expert as soon as possible. 

  • What are my intellectual property rights?

    There are a few different types of IP rights. For example:

    • Patents are given to those who invent something new and useful, so they have exclusive rights to make, use, and sell what they’ve created for a set period of time. 
    • Trademarks are used to protect names, symbols, logos, and other distinctive signs of a business, with the aim of helping consumers to recognise specific products and services and identify them with a particular business. 
    • Copyrights are used to protect original works such as musical, literary, artistic, and dramatic works, or software, films, and designs. If you hold the copyright, you have the exclusive rights to display, distribute, and reproduce the works, plus more. 
    • Trade secrets refers to valuable, confidential business information that give an organisation a competitive advantage. This could include things such as recipes, customer lists, strategies, and processes.
    • Industrial designs are used to protect the visual aspects of a product, for example its shape, pattern, or configuration.
  • Can I protect my intellectual property internationally?

    Yes, it is typically possible to protect your IP rights across several countries. There are even several international treaties and mechanisms available to protect your intellectual property across borders. 

    However, please note that the needs, processes, and costs can vary significantly depending on the country and requirements. Setfords’ expert intellectual property solicitors are here to help advise you on this complicated topic. 

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