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Intellectual Property Disputes

Intellectual Property assets are frequently seen as being amongst the most valuable assets of a business and as such the volume of disputes that have arisen in the field has grown substantially and the applicable area of law is frequently changing and often complex.

One of the biggest in the UK, our team is a highly respected provider of Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution services, acting for some of the largest companies in the world as well as for small and medium businesses. Many of our lawyers are ranked as leaders in the field and have experience of all relevant tribunals from the Intellectual Property Office through to the European Court of Justice.

Whilst our objective is often to resolve disputes with the minimum of fuss and costs, we also have a track record of acting in and winning the most complex IP disputes and creating substantial value for our clients.  Many of the disputes that we work on have multi-jurisdictional aspects to them.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • copyright
  • database rights
  • designs
  • patents
  • trade marks
  • trade secrets
  • unfair competition

 

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