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  • Overview

    Intellectual Property/Information Technology (IP/IT)

     

    Our team is led by Joanne Gallagher (Partner) for non-contentious matters, and Douglas Skilton (Partner) for contentious matters. Between them, Joanne and Doug have nearly 30 years’ experience of helping clients with complex IP/IT matters in a wide range of industry sectors.

    We understand that intellectual property (IP) is one of your most important assets, from high tech inventions to brands and creative works. We have the resources and experience to help you protect and commercialise your IP investments.
    Our intellectual property advisory services include:

    Transactions

    • Drafting and negotiating a wide range of IP-related transactions, including:
      • Term sheets
      • Confidentiality agreements
      • Material transfer agreements
      • Research collaborations
      • Promotion agreements
      • Commercial IP licences (patent, trade marks, copyright, know-how, data base rights, plant variety rights)
      • Intra-group licensing arrangements
      • IT/software licences and maintenance agreements
      • Source code escrow agreements
      • Supply, manufacturing, distribution and agency agreements
      • Joint ventures
    • Performing due diligence of IP assets for the purchase or sale of companies
    • Drafting and negotiating IP provisions of purchase agreements
    • Assisting with brand protection issues.

     

    Dispute Resolution

    • IP contract disputes, including ownership disputes
    • Breach of confidence/misappropriation of trade secrets disputes
    • Branding disputes
    • Copyright, design right, trade mark and passing off claims
    • Domain name and company name disputes.

     

    Data Protection/Data Privacy

    • Drafting/updating data protection and privacy policies
    • Drafting/updating website terms of use
    • Advising on compliance with current and upcoming data protection regulations
    • Reviewing direct marketing practices.

     

    IP Ownership

    • Counselling on IP ownership aspects of employee/consulting agreements
    • Advising on ownership issues for contracts with third party contractors (e.g. third party software developers, contract research organisations, etc.)
    • Drafting patent, trade mark and copyright assignments.

     

    General

    • Counselling on trade secrets issues, including unfair competition and reputation management issues.
    • Counselling on competition/antitrust issues in relation to licensing or enforcement of IP rights.

     

    Registered Rights/Protection

    We work with carefully selected third party firms (local, London-based and international) who can help you file applications for patents, trade marks and design rights, and enforce your registered rights against infringers.

     

    you can read our frequently asked questions on intellectual property related legal matters here; FAQ - Intellectual Property

     

     

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