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Intellectual Property

Every successful business owns valuable intellectual property. This could include the business name, branded products or services, patented technology, confidential information, know-how, valuable software or licensed technology.

Our intellectual property team can advise you on how to manage, exploit and protect these assets at every stage of their development and use.

With one of the largest intellectual property teams in the North of England, we act for national and multinational businesses, further and higher education establishments and high-growth potential smaller companies.

Working closely with each client to understand its business, Watson Burton’s IP expertise spans a wide variety of sectors including biosciences, chemicals, education, energy, finance, food & drink, healthcare, IT, pharmaceuticals, retail, SMEs, sport and transport.

Our experience includes advising Premier League football clubs on issues including international trade mark filing strategies, anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement disputes, sponsorship and kit supply agreements, licensing agreements and image rights issues. We have also worked with a UK national sports events organiser on sponsorship and event staging agreements, its UK trade mark filing strategy and enforcing its trade mark rights.

Multinational chemicals and pharmaceutical company clients are advised on research, development and collaboration agreements, patent and know-how licence agreements, material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements advice.

The team works with colleges and universities on the development, management, commercialisation and protection of intellectual property rights, including R&D agreements, collaboration agreements, knowledge transfer partnership agreements, patent, know-how and technology licence agreements, studentship agreements and confidentiality agreements.

Internationally, we have advised a US-based multinational manufacturer about trade mark protection, design right infringement and counterfeiting disputes in China and Eastern Europe. A US multinational hedge fund manager was advised about European trade mark filing strategy and disputes concerning unauthorised company name and domain name registrations.

We work hard on your behalf to protect your intellectual property, with results which have been praised by clients and national legal directories.


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