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Intellectual property (IP) 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 expertise includes:

  • protecting rights
  • trademarks
  • acquisition of and exploitation of rights; licensing
  • 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
  • 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.

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Richard is a Partner and an elected partner on the firm’s board of management.  He is also Group Head of the ever expanding dispute resolution team at Hugh James. He conducts major commercial disputes frequently with an international flavour including commercial claims, mining disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious IT disputes, injunctive relief and insolvency.

Intellectual property 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.

We receive a very rapid response, as well as clear advice that balances legal and commercial risks.

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