Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

In the Information Age, it is important that businesses realise just how valuable their intellectual property (IP) is.

By protecting their trading name and documenting ownership of the copyright contained in images, written works and sound/moving image clips, as well as applying for patents to cover relevant products and processes, businesses can ensure that others do not unfairly benefit from their creations, and generate maximum profit from these assets through licensing or, in some instances, “selling” these rights to others.

At Palmers Solicitors, we provide clear and frank advice on protecting, licensing or transferring IP rights, and the action that should be taken if a dispute occurs relating to your brand.

We also draft and advise upon IT contracts, software licences and data protection issues.

As no single agreement will suit all circumstances, the team at Palmers Solicitors can advise businesses on what should be included.

Should a dispute arise, we are able to take immediate injunctive or other action on your behalf. We can advise on a wide range of matters, such as:

  • Infringement of trade marks, copyright or design rights
  • Patent disputes
  • Abuse of confidential information and trade secrets
  • Domain name disputes and other IT issues
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Breach of confidentiality agreements

Even if you have not yet registered your trading name, your rights may be protected using the common law action of Passing Off. In order to rely on this action, the business concerned must be able to prove that the reputation it has built up has been detrimentally affected by another’s use of its brand. This can be very difficult to evidence in practice.

It is far easier to take legal action against infringements of registered trade marks. On this basis, we advise businesses to seriously consider registration of their brand names and logos at the earliest opportunity.

Sadly, the incidence of cyber-crime shows no signs of abating and our team is also able to advise and represent those businesses which are either reviewing their cyber security protocols or have experienced cyber crime incidents.

B J Chong and Matt Johnson both provide confidence and reassurance whilst remaining grounded and approachable.

Legal 500 November 2021

A provincial firm with considerable firepower and City standards executed in a highly professional, easy to understand manner.

Legal 500 November 2021

The corporate and commercial team at Palmers Solicitors operates across a wide range of sectors, including media, insurance, hospitality, construction and engineering. It delivers in a ‘quick, comprehensive and reassuring’ manner, and is ‘able to adapt to the latest updates in ever-changing industries and explain the legal implications in an understandable way to clients’. The practice also has niche expertise in e-commerce, including website terms of use, privacy policies, data protection policies and B2C distance selling regulations

Legal 500 November 2017

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