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Intellectual property disputes

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Intellectual property runs like a vein through everything a business does and a clear strategy for the protection of this significant asset is crucial to success. When issues emerge, be they allegations that your business is infringing another company’s intellectual property rights or a competitor is infringing your rights, you must take speedy and decisive action. You need advisers who can provide you with pragmatic, business-focused strategic advice which will support you in maintaining the competitive advantage of these critical assets to ensure that you stay ahead of the game.

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Our Intellectual property dispute team advises businesses across a wide variety of industries on resolving disputes related to all intellectual property rights, including copyright, trade marks, design rights, patents, database rights and anti-counterfeiting and customs measures. We work with you closely in building a clear understanding of the intricacies of your business and the industry you operate in. We can then provide you with tailored, practical, and innovative solutions which defend or enforce your rights and align with your wider commercial strategy. We pride ourselves on developing lasting working relationships with our clients, often protecting their intellectual property rights through the entire lifecycle of the business.

Our team has the expertise to conduct intellectual property rights disputes through the courts in the UK and EU. We have a distinguished track record of successfully managing disputes in both IPEC (Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) and the High Court. We can also assist with alternative dispute resolution including mediation, expert determination, or arbitration.  We are at all times focussed on achieving a solution that will enable you to continue with your business as quickly and on the best achievable terms possible.

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Copyright disputes

Copyright protection allows you to control the use that others can make of the work. This means that using the work without the owner’s permission can amount to copyright infringement, which is a civil offence.

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Patent disputes

A registered patent comes with a set of claims. These specify the breadth of the patented invention. If a competitor’s product or process incorporates all of the elements of just one of the claims, that is enough to infringe that patent.

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Trademark disputes

If someone uses your trademark without permission, or if you think someone is using or trying to use a trade mark similar to yours, you may have a claim for trademark infringement.

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Design rights disputes

We specialise in filing and protecting design rights, as well as taking swift action to resolve disputes.

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Brand Protection

A brand is a valuable asset to any business and always worth protecting. Our expert team can help ensure that your company’s name, logo, trademarks and other brand assets are ring-fenced, registered, protected and not infringed upon by another business.

Our brand protection services

We help businesses of all sizes and maturity identify the distinguishing characteristics of their company and take steps to strengthen, protect and enforce them. Our services include:

  • Brand audits – a thorough examination of your company’s IP assets, including those you own, use or licence, to assess risk while helping business leaders make informed brand strategy decisions.
  • Brand creation – ensuring that the names, logos, slogans and mascots you are creating are protectable and registrable.
  • IP rights clearance – our specialist business IP lawyers will make the appropriate searches to uncover any third-party rights that may restrict the use of your chosen brand marks either now or in the future.
  • Brand protections – we look at your business as a whole to identify which potential rights and trade marks you should register to stop your brand from being used by others without your permission.
  • Brand ownership structures – sometimes, it is helpful to ring-fence brand assets and place ownership in a different company, to ensure you retain control of the brand if the trading company gets into financial difficulty. We provide guidance on this.
  • Enforcement – our dedicated intellectual property litigators can help enforce your IP rights in a variety of ways and where necessary through the courts, both inside and outside of the UK.

Why work with Collyer Bristow?

We have a strong reputation in the field of intellectual property and an even stronger reputation for creative problem solving, dealing with brand protection issues efficiently before they snowball into bigger problems. We work hard to get under the bonnet of your business. This tells us what’s important to your company, so we can develop strategies that protect you from copycat competitors.

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    Intellectual property disputes

    Defending & protecting your key asset

    Intellectual property runs like a vein through everything a business does and a clear strategy for the protection of this significant asset is crucial to success. When issues emerge, be they allegations that your business is infringing another company’s intellectual property rights or a competitor is infringing your rights, you must take speedy and decisive action. You need advisers who can provide you with pragmatic, business-focused strategic advice which will support you in maintaining the competitive advantage of these critical assets to ensure that you stay ahead of the game.

    • Key contact

      Patrick Wheeler

      Patrick Wheeler

      Partner - Head of IP & Data Protection

      ArrowView profile

    • The Team

      Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to provide you with creative, personalised solutions in a clear and understandable way.

      ArrowMeet the team

    • Our Publications

      Discover a wealth of invaluable guidance in the form of guides and brochures written by our expert lawyers.

      ArrowSee our downloads

    • Your IP Rights Health Check

      Are you certain your business’ IP rights are protected?

      ArrowTake the test

    Our Intellectual property dispute team advises businesses across a wide variety of industries on resolving disputes related to all intellectual property rights, including copyright, trade marks, design rights, patents, database rights and anti-counterfeiting and customs measures. We work with you closely in building a clear understanding of the intricacies of your business and the industry you operate in. We can then provide you with tailored, practical, and innovative solutions which defend or enforce your rights and align with your wider commercial strategy. We pride ourselves on developing lasting working relationships with our clients, often protecting their intellectual property rights through the entire lifecycle of the business.

    Our team has the expertise to conduct intellectual property rights disputes through the courts in the UK and EU. We have a distinguished track record of successfully managing disputes in both IPEC (Intellectual Property Enterprise Court) and the High Court. We can also assist with alternative dispute resolution including mediation, expert determination, or arbitration.  We are at all times focussed on achieving a solution that will enable you to continue with your business as quickly and on the best achievable terms possible.

    Jump to the top of the Intellectual property disputes page.

    Copyright disputes

    Copyright protection allows you to control the use that others can make of the work. This means that using the work without the owner’s permission can amount to copyright infringement, which is a civil offence.

    Find out more

    Patent disputes

    A registered patent comes with a set of claims. These specify the breadth of the patented invention. If a competitor’s product or process incorporates all of the elements of just one of the claims, that is enough to infringe that patent.

    Find out more

    Trademark disputes

    If someone uses your trademark without permission, or if you think someone is using or trying to use a trade mark similar to yours, you may have a claim for trademark infringement.

    Find out more

    Design rights disputes

    We specialise in filing and protecting design rights, as well as taking swift action to resolve disputes.

    Find out more

    Brand Protection

    A brand is a valuable asset to any business and always worth protecting. Our expert team can help ensure that your company’s name, logo, trademarks and other brand assets are ring-fenced, registered, protected and not infringed upon by another business.

    Our brand protection services

    We help businesses of all sizes and maturity identify the distinguishing characteristics of their company and take steps to strengthen, protect and enforce them. Our services include:

    • Brand audits – a thorough examination of your company’s IP assets, including those you own, use or licence, to assess risk while helping business leaders make informed brand strategy decisions.
    • Brand creation – ensuring that the names, logos, slogans and mascots you are creating are protectable and registrable.
    • IP rights clearance – our specialist business IP lawyers will make the appropriate searches to uncover any third-party rights that may restrict the use of your chosen brand marks either now or in the future.
    • Brand protections – we look at your business as a whole to identify which potential rights and trade marks you should register to stop your brand from being used by others without your permission.
    • Brand ownership structures – sometimes, it is helpful to ring-fence brand assets and place ownership in a different company, to ensure you retain control of the brand if the trading company gets into financial difficulty. We provide guidance on this.
    • Enforcement – our dedicated intellectual property litigators can help enforce your IP rights in a variety of ways and where necessary through the courts, both inside and outside of the UK.

    Why work with Collyer Bristow?

    We have a strong reputation in the field of intellectual property and an even stronger reputation for creative problem solving, dealing with brand protection issues efficiently before they snowball into bigger problems. We work hard to get under the bonnet of your business. This tells us what’s important to your company, so we can develop strategies that protect you from copycat competitors.

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