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  • Overview

    We understand how valuable IP can be as an asset and that it needs to be carefully protected, used and commercialised depending on the circumstances.

    Our experience and expertise includes non-contentious IP assignments. licenses, IP audits, advice in relation to large corporate transactions and IP protection/ disputes.

    We regularly advise on:

    • brand protection
    • licensing
    • assignment
    • joint research and development
    • designs patents
    • trade secrets and know-how
    • non-disclosure and confidentiality
    • infringement
    • reputation management
    • social media
    • joint ventures within research and development

     

    Our extensive experience allows us to help our clients identify, protect and commercialise/ exploit their IP.

    Contact our team of intellectual property lawyers today to find more about how we can assist you and your business.

     

     

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    Our client is a specialist flooring supplier to the dance and theatre sector. As part of their marketing and promotional activity, they are running an exciting competition to design a new product.

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    Thomson Snell & Passmore advises local South East business on IT contracts and data protection compliance

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has successfully advised block management software company, Resident Property Management Ltd, in updating their standard customer licence agreement for Resident's proprietary block management software.

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    Infringement of a software company's intellectual property rights

    We were recently instructed to act for software development company, to defend the alleged infringement of another company’s intellectual property rights.

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    Our client works with many plant breeders to maximise the commercial exploitation of their plant variety rights, exploring opportunities with, and granting sub-licences to, many overseas fruit and vegetable growers.

    Getting the most out of a patent

    Our client had been approached by the owner of a patent which related to golf equipment and, following their initial discussions, our client identified an opportunity for it to exploit the patent commercially by manufacturing and distributing a new golf-related product.

  • Latest Updates

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    The M&A market has remained incredibly buoyant over the past year, despite the challenges presented by the ongoing pandemic. With rumours over potential changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) persisting, we expect the M&A activity boom to continue for the foreseeable future. 

    What has the global pandemic meant for businesses and commercial law?

    Our Corporate and Commercial team has been incredibly busy in recent months. Here, we look at some of the commercial work we have been helping clients with during the pandemic.

    Protecting your ideas: what you need to know about the law of confidence and NDAs

    During the bit between Christmas and New Year, it is great to watch old movies and eat leftovers, but there is also plenty of time for the mind to wander.

    FAQ: Frequently asked questions from across the practice

    We regularly answer frequently asked questions from across the practice and bring them together to help bring clarity to your legal needs. Each of the sections below lead off to a more comprehensive bank of information.

    Unjustified Threats: New rules relating to groundless / unjust threats in IP cases

    New legislation came into force on 1 October 2017, to codify the law on unjustified threats made by the owners of intellectual property (IP), to sue a third party for infringement. The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 (the Act) brings long-overdue consistency to the rules applicable to registered intellectual property rights, but there remain some areas of ambiguity.

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    What is IP?

    Intellectual Property (IP) is often referred to as “creations of the mind” and intellectual property rights help you to stop people from taking those creations without your permission.

    FAQ: Intellectual property

    Q: What is intellectual property? A: Intellectual property (IP) is often referred to as “creations of the mind”, and intellectual property rights help you to stop people from taking those creations without your permission. You probably have heard of most types of IP rights, and own some as well. Patents protect inventions, trade marks protect branding, design rights protect the appearance of your products, and copyrights protect your written, musical, dramatic, photographic and other creative works. You also can protect your trade secrets and other confidential information by keeping that information secret. Some types of IP rights are automatic, but you need to apply for others through a formal application processes.

    What does Brexit mean for your IP?

    Curious about how Brexit will affect your intellectual property (IP) rights after the UK leaves the EU? Here’s a high level summary of some key points to consider. 

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