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What is intellectual  property?

Whilst it is difficult to define exactly what intellectual property is, many forms of intellectual property are easy to recognise.  Indeed many of the world’s biggest businesses derive the majority of their value from intellectual property assets.

Broadly speaking, intellectual property breaks down into the following categories:

  • Know-how
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Design Rights
  • Patents

Contact our intellectual property solicitors   If you have any questions for our intellectual property lawyers or need any assistance in dealing with copyright, trademarks, design rights, patents or confidential information, please contact David Miller on 01332 226466 or by email on david.miller@flintbishop.co.uk.

Here are the categories of Intellectual Property:

Know-how:

This is the information and trade secrets which make a business work but don’t fall into any of the categories listed below.  This category includes ideas or concepts which the business is starting to develop, methods of doing business or customer lists and pricing information.  It is important that this information is kept confidential and protected and we can help you to do that.

Trademarks:

The trademark is used to distinguish the goods and services of one business from those of another.  A trademark might be the name of a product or the name of the business itself or a logo which it uses as part of its branding.  A trademark can be registered (which ensures that nobody else can use it), licensed for someone else’s use or sold and our intellectual property solicitors can help you with all of these things.

Copyright:

Copyright exists automatically in creative works such as novels, paintings and plays but also covers more commercial documents such as the text you use on your website and the code of any software you develop or have developed for you.  You cannot register copyright in this country but our intellectual property lawyers can help protect it by bringing a lawsuit against anybody who copies it without authority. Like a trademark, copyright can be licensed and/or sold and our intellectual property solicitors can help you get the most from these transactions.

Design Rights:

Like copyright, the rights in a design arise automatically but they manifest in the actual item itself and not in the drawings for that item (which may attract the protection of copyright).  However, unlike copyright, design rights can, in many cases, be registered as well as being licensed and/or bought and sold.  Our intellectual property lawyers can assist with the protection, purchasing and/or licensing of your design rights or those which you need to use that belong to another business.

Patents:

A patent is a registered right which protects an innovative development which takes the current state of technology forward in some way.  At Flint Bishop our intellectual property solicitors don’t register patents on behalf of clients (leaving this to specialist patent agents) but we can advise on what a client should do if they do think that they have developed a new technical innovation and we can advise on the licensing and transferring of patents.

As well as drafting, commenting on and negotiating contracts (such as licenses) for dealing with these forms of intellectual property, Flint’s intellectual property solicitors could also help you if you feel that your intellectual property has, in some way, been misused or you are accused of misusing the intellectual property of somebody else.

Contact our intellectual property solicitors:

If you have any questions for our intellectual property lawyers or need any assistance in dealing with copyright, trademarks, design rights, patents or confidential information, please contact David Miller on 01332 226 466 or by email here.

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