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IP & Trade Marks

In a landscape where innovation and originality are pivotal, safeguarding your intellectual creations isn’t just vital—it’s a strategic necessity.

Intellectual Property (IP) Law services stand at the forefront of protecting your inventions, designs, artistic works, and brand identity. These services ensure that your creativity and hard work are not only acknowledged but also legally shielded against unauthorised use or exploitation.

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IP is the essence of your business

Our personal approach means we support the protection and commercialisation of your IP in a way that fits your requirements. We manage international IP portfolios for our clients. Sectors include universities and online-learning, fashion, e-commerce, SaaS providers and technology innovators across a variety of fields.


Your ideas. Your valuable assets.

At its heart, IP Law is about granting creators exclusive rights to their creations. This encompasses patents for new inventions, trademarks for brand identities, copyrights for artistic and literary works, and trade secrets for critical business information.

Our IP Law services offer comprehensive protection, navigating you through the intricate world of registration, enforcement, and litigation.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, artist, inventor, or a multinational corporation, understanding and leveraging IP Law can be crucial in turning your innovative ideas into valuable assets.

With expert legal guidance, your intellectual property can become a powerful tool in establishing a competitive advantage and driving sustained success.

The process

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Here is a straightforward overview of the steps involved, from initial research to registration and beyond, ensuring your valuable assets are protected under English law.

Burley Law will help you make the process smooth and easy. Get in touch! 

Step by Step

1. Research and Analysis

  • Identify IP Assets: Determine which aspects of your work or product can be protected as IP. This could include inventions, designs, brand names, logos, or creative works.
  • Conduct Searches: It’s vital to carry out thorough searches before applying for IP protection to ensure your IP does not infringe on existing rights and to check the uniqueness of your trade marks.

2. IP Selection

  • Choose the Right Type of Protection: Depending on what you need to protect, you may apply for patents (for inventions), trademarks (for brand identifiers like logos and names), design rights (for the appearance of products), or copyrights (for original creative works).

3. Application Process

  • Prepare and File Application: For patents and trademarks, this involves preparing a detailed application, often with assistance from an IP solicitor. This includes a description of your invention or the specifics of your trade mark.
  • Examination by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO): The UK IPO will examine your application to ensure it meets legal criteria. For trade marks, they will check for distinctiveness and any potential conflicts.

4. Objection Period

  • Publication and Opposition: Once your application is accepted, it’s published to allow objections from the public. For trade marks, there’s usually a two-month period where others can oppose the registration.

5. Registration

  • Grant of Rights: If there are no objections or once any objections are resolved, your patent or trade mark is granted and registered. You will receive a certificate of registration.
  • Patents: A granted patent typically lasts up to 20 years but requires annual renewal fees.
  • Trade Marks: A registered trade mark in the UK is valid for 10 years and can be renewed indefinitely every 10 years.

6. Maintenance and Enforcement

  • Renewals: Ensure timely renewal of trade marks and payment of maintenance fees for patents.
  • Monitoring and Enforcement: Regularly monitor the market to ensure your IP is not being infringed and enforce your rights as necessary.

7. Exploitation

  • Licensing or Selling: You can license or sell your IP rights to others.
  • Commercial Use: Utilise your IP rights to establish brand identity or commercialise inventions.
What’s next

Get in touch with Des

Des is your go-to contact for IP and Tech. together with his team, you will be in the best hands for all your technology law questions. 

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