What is intellectual property law?
Intellectual property, also known as IP, relates to any creations of the mind i.e. your inventions, written or artistic work, designs and symbols, the things you make or produce and the names of your products or brands.
Patents, copyright, designs and trademarks are all kinds of intellectual property and it’s vital for businesses to ensure they are protected from intellectual property infringement by their competitors. Whilst some things are automatically protected by IP law, there are intellectual property business protections that you need to apply for to make sure your IP assets are covered.
There may be several different types of IP protection used on a single product created by your business. For example, the name and logo can be registered as a trade mark, the unique shape of the product can be covered as a registered design, there may be a unique working part covered by a patent and the product design drawings can be protected by copyright.
Intellectual property can even include elements such as your business plan, your specialist knowledge and customer or market data and research that you have carried out. With the move towards a more digital world, IP needs to be a focus for all businesses, whether you’re an individual, an SME or a large global brand.
Protecting your business from IP infringement
At Stephensons, our team are experts in intellectual property legislation, and can help ensure that your business, along with any products, brands or designs, are all protected under law.
Our corporate team will offer all of the services you’d expect from an expert intellectual property law firm; from ensuring that you have all the necessary IP documentation in place, to acting on your behalf with legal representation, should any potential IP infringements arise.
We can audit your existing IP protection and make sure that all of the necessary documents and registrations are in place to safeguard your rights.
As you would expect from experienced IP law firms, Stephensons deliver legal advice and support on intellectual property that is second to none. Whatever type of protection your business needs in this area, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and we have a proven track record of successfully represented our clients when intellectual property infringement occurs.
What to do if someone has infringed on your business’ intellectual property
If you believe that your work, product or other creation has been copied or exploited unlawfully, you can get in touch with the corporate law team at Stephensons for expert advice. Our IP dispute team will work with you to try to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. There are potentially a few different courses of action, depending on the circumstances of your situation. These include:
- Bringing an injunction to prevent any further infringement of your intellectual property
- Seeking compensation for loss caused by the infringement activity, or the profits made by the party that infringed on your IP.
- Confiscation or destruction of the materials or articles that infringed upon your intellectual property
- Publicising the judgement in relevant trade press or media
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Why choose Stephensons?
Our corporate solicitors understand the value and importance of intellectual property rights and can assist with the creation, protection, enforcement and exploitation of such rights to help you get ahead and stay ahead in the marketplace.
Our corporate solicitors have expertise in dealing with:
- Design rights
- E-commerce and IT