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Intellectual Property

Waterfront Solicitors is a leading firm of intellectual property specialists based in London.

We are an intellectual property law firm with clients ranging from large multinational companies, through to SMEs, start-ups and individual inventors.

Our team is made up of IP solicitors who have years of experience helping clients protect, manage, exploit, enforce and defend their intellectual property rights. Our experience covers the entire spectrum of intellectual property law and practice, specifically:

  • anti-counterfeiting which prevents your competitors from imitating your brands, products and designs;
  • copyright and database rights our experts can help across a range of areas, including disputes and litigation, commercial transactions, general clearance and advisory work, intellectual property rights audits and chain of title research;
  • design rights helping you to protect your creative investment and negotiate the complex legal maze;
  • know how, trade secrets and confidential information through commercial agreements and litigation measures we can help you protect and exploit these valuable assets;
  • patent litigation from multi-million pound patent claims in the High Court to more modest, but vital patent claims in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, our team has the skills and experience to manage all forms of patent litigation;
  • trade marks and brands we can advise you across the whole spectrum of trade mark rights and related rights (such as passing off), including: clearance searches, protection and registerability issues, co-ordination and management of trade mark filings, branding and franchise agreements, disputes and litigation; and
  • domain name law our lawyers have successfully acted both for those bringing and defending domain name proceedings.

Why Waterfront?

Our Intellectual Property team has featured in prestigious legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for a number of years.  Our approach is to combine expert advice with “a pragmatic approach and provide clients with valuable advice succinctly and efficiently”. Joint Heads of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution, Piers Strickland and Matthew Harris are recognised respectively as a “first-class litigator” and “extremely personable and engaging”.

We are aware that lawyers are often accused of being too formal, abrasive, aggressive, slow or simply just too painful to deal with. At Waterfront, our intellectual property solicitors aim to strike the right balance between being driven and tough when protecting your interests, and demonstrating strong inter-personal skills. We always strive to provide the highest levels of customer service but we want you to be relaxed and comfortable in our company.

As well as offering individual IP advice, we can also bridge the gap between in-house legal expertise and standard legal advice with our virtual in-house intellectual property solicitors. We will discuss your requirements and identify which member of our team is best placed to provide the specialist intellectual property advice you require, putting your legal support on a more strategic footing.

What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property (IP) law is a legal term that refers to creative work that can be treated as an asset, such as designs and inventions; literary and artistic works; symbols, names and images. Intellectual property rights generally fall into four main areas: copyright, trademarks, design rights and patents. IP lawyers ensure that the rules and regulations for securing and enforcing legal rights for such creative work are upheld.

Just as the law protects ownership of personal property and real estate, it also protects the exclusive control of intangible assets. Intellectual property is protected in law by patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable businesses and individuals to earn recognition and / or financial benefit from the assets they invent or create. In essence, the primary objective of IP law is to encourage and facilitate an environment in which creativity, originality and innovation can flourish by ensuring that originators of creative work can profit from their works without fear of misappropriation by others.

When individuals and businesses know that their creative work will be protected by law and that they can benefit financially from their endeavours, they are more likely to develop new technologies, create employment opportunities, make processes and procedures more efficient, improve the lives of others and create original material that entertains and excites. By working with Waterfront’s specialist intellectual property lawyers, you can rest assured that your intellectual property will be protected.

Why should you protect your intellectual property?

For many individuals and companies, intellectual property law protects more than just an idea or a concept – it protects genuine business assets that may be integral to the core services of a business and fundamental to its overall long-term financial viability.

Intellectual property can be a complex area of law and covers many different forms of creative work, from logos and corporate identity designs to products and services that set your business apart from your competitors. Because of this, it is often essential to seek the legal counsel of a specialist intellectual property solicitor.

Almost all businesses and individuals have benefited from the instant access to information that the Internet provides. Products, services and marketing communications can reach global audiences at relatively low costs - but this has also led to a huge increase in intellectual property theft. As a result, companies of all sizes are now more at risk than ever before of having their unique ideas, products or services infringed upon. This means that employing the services of a professional IP lawyer are more important than ever.

Protect Your Ideas

When you have an idea for a potentially lucrative product or service, you risk others stealing your ideas and selling them as their own.

Depending on the type of asset that you want to protect, you can use patents, trademarks or copyrights – all of which cover different areas of intellectual property. Our intellectual property lawyers understand how to use these legal tools to prevent competitors or anyone else from profiting from your ideas without your consent.

IP protection can be as essential for the largest corporations as it is for the smallest start-ups. Even huge corporations have had their ideas and designs infringed upon and have won multi-million pound lawsuits as a result.

Protect Business Growth

If you are a business – irrespective of size - it is crucial to protect unique products or services for which you own the IP rights, as competitors can use your success to effectively reduce your market share, resulting in slow growth or loss of revenue. If this happens to your business, our IP solicitors will advise you on the appropriate course of action to take.

Losing market share early on in the life of a business can have a profound effect on its ability to attract investors, employ staff and ultimately increase profits. It’s important to remember that no one else will check to see if your intellectual property rights have been infringed; it’s your responsibility to ensure that no one else is using your assets. Doing this yourself can be time consuming and expensive, but our experienced intellectual property solicitors will handle this for you.

Easily Protect Your Intellectual Property with Waterfront

Although securing IP protection for your assets may seem daunting or time consuming, our intellectual property solicitors will make the entire process as painless as possible. Our IP lawyers will help you protect your creations and protect sensitive information. So if you are looking for sound, reliable intellectual property law advice, call our intellectual property solicitors.

Read our blog for more information about intellectual property law and call us today for a free initial chat about any intellectual property legal issue.