Intellectual property

Intellectual property can be one of the most important assets a business has. Getting the right advice at the right time is vital to make sure your IP assets are identified and protected, and that they remain protected. Our specialist team provide commercially sound, practical advice to help identify, develop, protect, manage and exploit intellectual property.

Our experienced lawyers provide commercially sound, practical advice to help identify, develop, protect, manage and exploit intellectual property.

We have expertise in the following:

  • protecting rights;
  • trademarks;
  • acquisition of and exploitation of rights;
  • protection of trade secrets and breach of confidence;
  • copyright infringement;
  • data share;
  • supply and purchasing;
  • patent disputes;
  • registered and unregistered design rights;
  • passing off and media; and
  • technology disputes.

We offer intellectual property audits and advice on portfolio management to assist businesses in assessing their risks and assets, and advice on how to make the most of these.

Our clients range from individuals and SMEs through to larger national and international organisations from across the private sector, public sector and third sector. We have particular experience in the media and technology sectors.

Intellectual property (IP) audit

For the majority of SMEs it simply isn’t feasible to dedicate the time to become experts in IP. Fortunately there is help available. The IPO will fund an IP audit for SMEs from a qualified professional of your choice which will cover all aspects of formal and informal IP.

The audit process is intended to address real needs and will allow your business to implement a sound IP policy at the centre of your business.

IP is a specialist area and you need to be sure that any solicitors you instruct are knowledgeable and experienced in this field. Hugh James has a wealth of experience in this area. Our professional team have performed a number of IP audits for SMEs involved in this scheme.

Feedback from the IPO shows that over 90% of businesses receiving an IP audit found them useful and relevant when developing an IP strategy or management plan.


Department head Richard Locke conducts large commercial mining and IT disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Much of his work has an international dimension, and one client says that he is “very positive and professional.”

Associate to watch Tracey Singlehurst-Ward specialises in areas including media and defamation and IP, as well as general commercial disputes. Clients say she is “committed, enthusiastic and keen” as well as responsive and strong “on the technical side.”
Chambers UK

Richard Locke heads the well-regarded team at Hugh James, and is ‘lucid, patient, reliable’ and ‘good to work with’. Senior partner Gareth Williams has a high profile in the region, with notable sports expertise; and associate Tracey Singlehurst-Ward is a bright, up-and-coming litigator. The team’s work in 2012 included high-profile litigation for the Welsh Government, and for the British Boxing Board of Control.
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