You create it.
We’ll make sure it’s protected.
The importance of having a clear strategy for the protection and management of the intellectual property in your business cannot be overstated.
At Bolt Burdon, our specialist team of IP lawyers will encourage you to adopt a proactive attitude to making sure that your business is thoroughly protected against competitors that might try to take advantage of the goodwill and unique solutions that you have worked so hard to create. This approach is not just intended as a defensive measure, however, and a carefully constructed IP portfolio can give a business an unassailable commercial advantage.
We start off by making sure we understand where your business fits into the context of its wider industry or profession, and spend time with you closely assessing the level that you want to operate at, both in the short and longer term. Taking stock of the bigger picture at the earliest possible opportunity will help you establish the IP protection your business needs, the value of which will develop as your business grows, as well as making it difficult for competing businesses to exploit your hard work and ingenuity.
Our team of IP solicitors have considerable expertise in the non-contentious and transactional aspects of IP, covering the registration of rights, the preparation and negotiation of agreements that help develop and monetise those rights, as well as advising on the consequences for IP right-holders in a merger or acquisition context.
And even with the best protection available, you cannot always legislate for the behaviour of others. Bolt Burdon also specialise at resolving the contentious IP issues that may arise in the course of your business and we are there when you need us to help find the most practical and proportionate way to get round a problem with the minimum of fuss and disruption.
We have particular expertise in both the non-contentious and contentious aspects of:
- Trademarks and Passing-Off;
- Copyright and Database Rights;
- Design Rights;
- Confidential information and the protection of trade secrets and knowhow;
- Web domain names; and
- Brand development and exploitation