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    Intellectual property (IP)

    As one of your single most valuable assets, your intellectual property rights need to be carefully guarded. Whether it’s help with brand or copyright, trademarks or design, our highly experienced team can identify where there is an automatic intellectual property (IP) right, when one needs to be registered, and how to best protect and exploit your IP.

    Working closely with both corporate and individual clients, we can ensure your brand, design rights, and patents are fully protected. If there is an infringement, or Intellectual property (IP) is being misused, you can trust us to help you take the appropriate action.

    The team has also developed a specialist practice acting for clients in high tech engineering, particularly in automotive and motorsport. As well as working with client nationally and internationally, the team maintains strong relationships outside the technology field advising publishers in relation to various copyright, design rights, patents, trademark issues and the law of confidentiality.

    The dispute resolution team lead on all contentious issues, while still working closely with the company and commercial team.

    An ABC of commercial intellectual property (IP)

    Types of intellectual property (IP) that can be legally protected are patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Businesses can commercialise intellectual property (IP) through licensing agreements and royalty arrangements. You can also sell the rights by assigning it to another person or business.

    Work highlights include:

    • Advising on a breach of design rights
    • Design differentiation between client’s design and a number of competitors within the same sector
    • Advising on IP in particular design rights
    • Infringement of copyright

    Industry testimonials

    We are proud that our IP team is ranked in the Legal 500, the leading guide to law firms and solicitors in the UK alongside the top law firms & lawyers for Intellectual property in East Anglia.

    The Legal 500 provides the most comprehensive coverage on recommended law firms in the UK, for a full review of our 2020 rankings please our dedicated news page.

    If you need legal advice on any of the points raised, please contact a member of the corporate and commercial team, who will be happy to assist by emailing commercial@steeleslaw.co.uk or calling 01603 598000Appointments are available at our offices in Norwich, Diss and London or at your offices by appointment.