IP Disputes

and avoiding them

We can help you avoid intellectual property (IP) disputes, as well as help you defend and enforce your IP rights.

We can help you in a number of ways to reduce the risk of infringing someone else's IP rights: by searching for IP which could potentially be infringed by your business, assessing the validity of third party IP, advising regarding your freedom-to-operate and, if appropriate, by helping set up a licensing arrangement with the IP owner.

We regularly represent clients in Opposition and Opposition Appeal Proceedings at the European Patent Office, both to defend our clients’ patents when they are opposed and to oppose patents belonging to their competitors. We can also represent clients in proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office, and at the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

When it comes to enforcing IP, and/or defending or attacking IP in court proceedings, we can assist clients, their solicitors and foreign attorneys in court proceedings.