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Intellectual Property (IP) is created when an idea takes some tangible form. IP can mean a brand, invention, design or other kind of creation and it can be legally owned. Where rights are thought to have been infringed Premier Solicitors can support your business through the IP Dispute in question
All businesses should consider protecting their brand identity and products through trade mark registrations.
Premier Solicitors can deal with all aspects of registering trade marks, from searching to check if your chosen brand is available to filing applications for their registration. Most trade mark filing work is carried out at on a fixed fee basis and a schedule of fees is available from the IP team.
A patent protects inventions via a statutory monopoly for up to 20 years. It is therefore a very valuable right for new and inventive processes or products.
Our IP team can deal with advising and registration of your patents, and we have a panel of specialist patent agents who we work closely with, and due to the volume of work we do we are able to negotiate discounted rates where specialist patent agent is required.
Copyright protects original material such as computer software, promotional literature, documentation and photographic material. Not only can it last for up to 70 years after the year in which the author of the work dies but also, arises without any formalities.
The lack of formality can cause problems on a practical level. The fact that it arises automatically often means that a business does not keep appropriate records to prove the existence of copyright and their ownership of it. Proving infringement by competitors is therefore not always as straightforward as it might be. In addition, it is often thought that commissioning work gives a business the copyright but, sadly, this is not the case.
Our IP team offers expert advice on the full range of copyright issues including keeping records, document retention and securing ownership.
Whilst Trade Marks, Patents and Copyright are the most common areas of work for our IP team, as specialists we are also able to help in the following areas:
- Database rights
- Design rights (registered and unregistered)
- Passing off
- High Court and Patent County Court claims
- Letters before action
At Premier Solicitors we recognise that a business venture can be a 24/7 commitment. That is why we have extended opening hours of 9am to 7pm weekdays with other appointments available if required for your ease and convenience.
Protect Your Intellectual Property! Call us today on 01234 35 80 80
Protect your business' intellectual property by arranging to meet one of our Commercial IP Lawyers at our office in Bedford.
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