Intellectual Property

We help clients to understand, investigate, clear, protect, transfer, licence and enforce their intellectual property rights and we review, draft and negotiate all legal agreements related to them.

Areas of Expertise

We represent local, regional and international clients in a broad range of industries in protecting and managing their trade marks, business and domain names. We advise on clearance and potential risks, recommend strategy, give opinions on registrability and infringement, prepare and file applications, respond to examiners, attend to registration, send cease and desist letters, start or defend against cancellation actions and oppositions, negotiate coexistence arrangements and settlements, draft and review agreements for licensing and transferring trade marks and trade mark rights and, where necessary, enforce or defend trade mark infringement or passing off actions against others.

We advise content providers, owners and licensees on copyright issues, including subject matter, authorship, chain of title, ownership, licensing, assignment, permissions, registration, notice, fair dealing, moral rights and infringement issues in many areas of activity – e.g. software, advertising, visual arts, writing, publishing, design, scientific research, technology, food, wine, photography, education, architecture, film, television and the internet.

We also assist individuals and businesses to preserve and protect their trade secrets, confidential information and privacy rights by establishing protocols and crafting practical and effective confidentiality, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements.

We have extensive experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating provisions and contracts involving intellectual property assets, including licensing, marketing, distribution, technology transfer, franchise, partnership, technical support, publishing, branding, agency, service, manufacturing, design, consulting, research, development, evaluation, employment, independent contractor, option, testing and evaluation agreements.

Your Benefits

Intellectual property often plays a critical role in successful businesses. We focus on helping clients to understand and protect their brands, content and know-how as early as possible and to maintain and manage their legal rights profitably. If problems arise, we advise on the best options available to resolve them in a cost effective way.

Our intellectual property practice also has the advantage of extensive expertise within the firm which we can call on where necessary to advise on employment, corporate, immigration, financing, leasing, insolvency and restructuring, franchising, regulatory and litigation issues.