Intellectual Property

We specialise in assisting individuals, businesses, charities and public sector bodies in protecting, defending and exploiting their inventions, ideas, designs, creative works, trade marks and brands, both in the UK and overseas, so that they can benefit from their own work and investment.

Our experience covers a very wide range of different industries and sectors.  We are recognised as having particular expertise in international trade mark portfolio management, intellectual property transactional work, technology sector work and intellectual property disputes.    

We provide commercially sound advice, delivering commonsense as well as technical expertise. Our approach is straightforward: "Our clients' interests are our interests". This runs though everything we do.

Specialisms

Recent Work

  • Managing the world wide trade mark portfolios of two famous fragrance houses. This includes clearing, filing, prosecuting, renewing, defending and enforcing hundreds of trade marks across the globe.
  • Negotiating a world-wide trade mark co-existence agreement between a famous clothing designer and a third party business using a similar trade mark.  
  • Acting for one of the world's leading generic pharmaceutical companies in respect of Court proceedings concerning a contractual dispute relating to a pharmaceutical licensing and supply agreement.
  • Drafting complex IP licensing and supply arrangements for a University, in respect of certain lactic acid bacteria technology.
  • Advising a manufacturer and supplier of foodstuffs as to whether the manufacturing process for a new product line infringes patent rights belonging to a third party and whether such rights are valid.
  • Acting for a client  in respect of an overseas intellectual property dispute between the client, an international distributor of the client's products and a world famous sporting team and their world famous marketing agents.


I appreciate Ashfords' personalised and fast service. Their ability to answer questions and solve matters wherever in the world we need them, is key for our industry

Jean-Laurent Dupont, Head of Operations at L'Artisan Parfumeur S.A.

Need To Know: Protecting your pitch

Ashfords' Chairman Mark Lomas, Head of IP Law and part of Ashfords Technology Sector Group, discusses in TechSPARK, when pitching an idea to potential investors, and business partners what are the best ways to protect your idea.

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Eat, Drink, Innovate and Protect

Carl Steele, partner in the IP Team, discusses the results and findings from the IP awareness survey carried out by the IP Team on the South West food and drink sector.

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Designs and Inventions

We understand how important it is to protect your designs and inventions. Our specialist team can guide you through the process of securing and maintaining protection for your valuable work.

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Intellectual Property Disputes

We specialise in advising clients on enforcing, protecting and defending their intellectual property rights, in whatever form they may take. In particular, we have a significant amount of experience in handling brand and trade mark disputes.

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Intellectual Property Audits

Understanding what intellectual property you use, who owns it, how to protect it, the risks faced by using it and what you can do with it is important to the running any modern business. Our team can help you with this process. Similarly, we can help you to identify and risk assess the intellectual property owned and used by a business that you wish to buy or invest in.

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E-Commerce

Our IT lawyers have a strong understanding of the sector and the commercial issues surrounding it. We work with a wide variety of clients to ensure IT projects are properly managed and contractual requirements are reflected. A number of our lawyers have spent much of their careers in the IT sector and so are able to offer pragmatic, cost-effective solutions for any project.

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Intellectual Property Agreements and Transactions

We specialise in drafting intellectual property related agreements and advising clients engaged in transactions that involve intellectual property rights.

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