Intangible assets are a key building block in today's economy. Intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries now generate a significant percentage of UK employment and GDP. Businesses need to be well-informed and highly organised when it comes to protecting and exploiting IP assets. The identity, reputation and growth of a business are all determined by how the brand and other intangible business assets are managed.
Michelmores has developed an expert Intellectual Property team to provide effective advice on all aspects of intellectual property law. We support our clients in identifying and protecting rights, through to the development of successful strategies to exploit and enforce those rights. We recognise that there is no "one size fits all" approach to intellectual property advice. Work undertaken covers the full range of rights from copyright and designs, through to trade marks and patents. The team also advises on confidentiality and trade secrets, including the protection of "know-how" and "show how".
Our Intellectual Property Solicitors are ranked in the highest tier by independent legal guide Legal500 and we have particular expertise in supporting data-driven businesses, working with a number of clients who specialise in the creation of value-added data products and services. We work with clients and their in-house legal teams, operating at a local, national and international level assisting them with their day-to-day legal needs, as well as complex, large-scale projects. Clients span the private, public and voluntary sectors, including manufacturing, retail, IT, telecommunications, media, clean technology, aero/aviation, food & drink, pharmaceuticals, and health.
A significant proportion of the team's work has an international aspect to it. We have forged strong links with a network of overseas experts, enabling us to access "local" legal expertise, where needed, to support our clients.
Where appropriate, we work also alongside colleagues in our specialist Technology & Innovation, Tax and Competition teams. We also have specialists who focus on the Manufacturing, Food & Drink, Agriculture and Energy sectors.
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- Trunki case checks out of Supreme Court
- Changes afoot for trade mark names
- Porsche over the finish line in 'Carrera' trade mark dispute
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- A costly reminder from the IPEC
- Following Nestlé's Kit Kat battle, London Taxi 3D shape is also declared invalid
- Tough break for Nestlé as Kit Kat appeal dismissed
- Trunki's suitcase battle checks in to Supreme Court
- US Court "strongly recommends" mediation
- UK IPO recap
- Five year dispute over four chocolate fingers
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- Twitter tackles takedowns – but has much changed?
- Nike jumping for joy as trade mark opposition is rejected by the UK Intellectual Property Office
- Face-off between Nivea and Unilever continues
- Bringing home the bacon – an overview of EU 'protected name status'
- Lego’s 3D men stand tall after winning latest trade mark battle
- The ‘Kat that didn’t get the cream – Cadbury prevents Nestle’s attempts to trade mark its four-fingered KitKat shape.
- Second success for Sky as the Supreme Court rules Sky's use of "NOW TV" is not 'passing off'
- 'Battle of the skys' - Sky prevents Skype trade mark registration in long-running dispute
- Court of Appeal overturns SCRAMBLE mix up by the High Court
- Michelmores shortlisted in The Lawyer Awards for 'IP Team of the Year' 2015
- ECJ rules that EU copyright infringement claims can be brought in any member state where the infringing website is accessible
- Michelmores advises Bamboo Finance on investment into emerging markets clean energy start-up
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- Proving copyright ownership is not smooth sailing for Innocent
- Trunki rides on to Supreme Court
- 3D Printing is still 'pumping'
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- Supporting and advising numerous clients on a day-to-day basis in relation to their general commercial and intellectual property needs. We advise both public and private sector clients on this basis, including the Met Police, Thomson Reuters, Haynes Publishing, Landmark Information Group (part of Daily Mail and General Trust plc), Gro Group and The Met Office.
- Advising a well-known retail business, offering "end-to-end" retail solutions, on its relationship with Samsung UK.
- Advising a public sector client on a suite of pharmaceutical contracts permitting the commercialisation of drugs in North America.
- Advising an award winning UK based marine business on its Slovenian manufacturing arrangements.
- Advising UK based electronics business, a leading name in videoconferencing technology, on a licensing deal with Polycom.
- Advising international infant and baby product business on the acquisition of a portfolio of patents and registered designs.
- Advising a US/UK based oil and gas sector business on the creation and commercialisation of a jointly developed product range with a Scandinavian counterparty.
- Advising a publically listed publishing house on the acquisition of on online technical data business, working with the firm's corporate and competition teams.
- Advising UK/US based manufacturer in relation to the enforcement of its IP portfolio and defensive challenges against a Chinese competitor seeking to develop its own portfolio of registered IP rights.
- Advising on publishing agreement with Penguin Random House – the resulting book being a bestselling non-fiction title in 2017.
- Advising soft drinks company on a new Chinese partnering arrangement, to launch its brand into the Chinese marketplace.
- Advising international spirits company on labelling and compliance issues for a new tequila product.
- Advising a designer on an exclusive deal with Dunelm, cover the supply of new designs over a number of years, with significant minimum royalties.