Intellectual property (IP) is a valuable asset to any company, but there’s no doubt IP disputes can be a costly distraction from the day-to-day operating of your business.
The law relating to intellectual property disputes is complex, but it offers a broad scope of protection of your work, and we can help you to ensure that challenges are resolved as quickly as possible, so that you can focus on your business.
You can also contact us to discuss legal concerns around the successful exploitation of your intellectual property, including creation, registration, and portfolio management.
What is intellectual property management?
To fully exploit the potential of your intellectual property assets, such as your ideas, products or creations, it is important to consider the most effective ways to develop and protect them.
Whether your business is a small start-up or a large, established firm, your intellectual property assets need to be registered in the correct manner, planned and exploited effectively, and protected against disputes and infringements.
The Intellectual property protection services that experienced IP lawyers can provide include:
- The conducting of due diligence exercises during corporate transactions.
- Screening services to ensure that any new brands you create are available for use.
- Trademark and design registration to secure your brand in key markets.
- Handling trademark or design objections from local offices.
- Assistance with any contentious proceedings, such as trademark opposition and cancellation.
Specialist intellectual property lawyers can help to advise you on your trademark portfolio to ensure you are reaping the full benefits of your creative work, as well as acting on your behalf in the event that you require a patent grant, or advising you on IP issues when creating new digital content.
I believe someone is infringing my intellectual property – what should I do?
Intellectual property disputes are a particular cause of concern for any business owner. The best course of action to deal with a dispute depends on the nature of the infringement of your intellectual property rights.
In many cases, drawing attention to the alleged infringement is enough to bring about a resolution. For example, someone may have infringed your copyright on a piece of work, but a cease and desist letter may prompt them to stop the infringement immediately, with no need for further action.
However, you might wish to pursue compensation for loss of earnings, or for wrongful earnings that the infringing party has made, and this may require you to take the case to court. Some intellectual property infringements, such as counterfeit, misuses of trade secrets, or the acquisition of search and seizure orders, involve criminal offences and will need to be dealt with through court action rather than mediation.
The best starting point is to speak to an experienced legal professional who can establish whether your dispute can be resolved through direct negotiation, mediation, or litigation. First4lawyers will work toward achieving the result you want.
I am being accused of infringement of someone else’s intellectual property - what should I do?
If you are accused of an infringement of intellectual property that you were not aware of, but you are unsure whether the case being made against you is valid, it can be worth considering mediation in the first instance. This option tends to be a more confidential solution to many intellectual property disputes, and a quality lawyer can help you with all aspects of planning and arranging your mediation.
However, if you are having court action taken against you as a result of the alleged infringement, it is important to contact an experienced IP lawyer quickly in order to build a strong case for your defence.
Help from First4lawyers
At First4lawyers, we can examine your case and help you to establish the strongest way to fight for your intellectual property rights, or defend yourself against allegations of infringement.