Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) may be the most valuable asset of your business. You need to be able to identify and to develop or acquire IP, to protect it and to capitalise on it.

IP is one of the core areas of our commercial practice. Our experienced IP team leader and mentor, Sandy Donaldson, has been providing expert advice for an extremely diverse range of clients on the full range of IP issues, for the better part of five decades.

His team of IP Lawyers advises specialised technology, biotechnology and ICT companies, research oriented businesses, high-tech enterprises, universities, government instrumentalities and other innovators and inventors on issues ranging from the management of intellectual capital and protection of IP assets, through to commercialisation options, including transfers, licensing and start-ups.

IP is of vital importance to all businesses, not just organisations engaged in research and development or hi-tech. We help individuals and businesses in many other industries and creative and artistic fields protect their intangible assets, including brands, by advising on development and management strategies and acting in IP disputes.

We also provide strategic advice on IP development, conduct IP audits to identify IP assets, protection risks and commercialisation opportunities and management of complex claims.

Key Services

  • Commercialisation and licensing advice
  • Competition and consumer law
  • Confidential information and trade secrets
  • Copyright, designs and software protection
  • Dispute resolution and actions
  • Distribution, marketing, agency and supply agreements
  • Domain and business names
  • Information technology, social media and internet
  • Infringement and anti-piracy actions
  • Intellectual asset management
  • Intellectual property and technology licences and assignments
  • Intellectual property audits
  • Joint venture and collaborative agreements
  • Manufacturing and contracting agreements
  • Materials transfer agreements
  • Patents (commercialisation, protection and strategy)
  • Plant breeders’ rights
  • Privacy
  • Research and development
  • Structures and start-ups
  • Taxation issues
  • Trade mark applications and brand protection.

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