What is intellectual property law?


Intellectual property law concerns the protection of original work or content for the benefit of the creator or the owner of the rights. It provides a framework in which original work can be registered, the protection granted can be enforced, and the value can be exploited. If you have an intellectual property query let us put you in touch with one of our dedicated intellectual property solicitors.

Intellectual property includes:

  • Works of art
  • Film and photography
  • Graphic designs
  • Fabric designs
  • Inventions
  • Music
  • Software
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Industrial designs
  • Customer lists
  • Trade secrets
  • Literary works

How does intellectual property law protect material?

  • Trademark – A trademark is a symbol that differentiates a product or service from its competitors. The symbol can be composed of words or pictures, or both
  • Copyright – The symbol ‘©’ indicates that the work in question is protected by copyright. Copyright is automatically granted to the creator of original work and protects it from being copied or used in other work without permission
  • Patents – A patent is a licence granted to an inventor. It protects their original invention from being used, made or sold by anyone else for a limited period of twenty years.

Enforcing intellectual property rights

If intellectual property rights are infringed, for example by copying or reproducing protected goods, an intellectual property solicitor can advise the owner of the rights on enforcement. Remedies for intellectual property infringement include damages, an account of profits, and injunctions to prevent future use.

How can an intellectual property solicitor help?

An intellectual property solicitor can assist with the registration of intellectual property rights. They can also advise their clients on how to financially benefit from their rights, for example by granting a company a licence to use their copyrighted material in return for a fee. In addition, an intellectual property solicitor can assist anyone who believes their intellectual property rights have been infringed.

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