“Their IP group is arguably the jewel in its full-service crown” WTR1000

Intellectual Property

More than ever before, intangible assets such as brands, know-how and reputation are of key importance to businesses. We assist our clients with the identification, management, exploitation and licensing of their IP rights and provide strategic advice that enables owners to leverage and exploit the commercial value of their IP, whether it arises in their brands and reputation, the development and application of new technologies, or in the protection of their prized know-how and trade secrets. 

We assist in-house teams with advice and support concerning internal management and structuring of IP portfolios and we also represent our clients in complex negotiations with third parties arising on IP focused transactions, including on strategic disposals and acquisitions, joint ventures and R&D collaborations. We work across a variety of sectors representing both licensors and licensees, and have acted on both the customer and supply side.

IP specialisms

We assist in-house teams with advice and support concerning:


Our practice covers patents and know-how licensing and litigation.

We also cover non-disclosure arrangements and claims for breach of trade secrets.

We deal with clients across a broad range of industry sectors including manufacturing, defence, medical devices and climate change. 

IP licensing & franchising

We advise on licensing arrangements for IP across all industry sectors, including hotels, gaming, retail, software, the defence sector, content and data and medical devices.

We work closely with colleagues in our tax department to create tax efficient intra-group licensing arrangements.

We analyse portfolios of IP rights and licences as part of the due diligence process for internal company reviews, restructurings, disposals and acquisitions.

IP & technology

We were at the forefront of legal advice at the beginning of the commercialisation of the Internet, advising clients like the Financial Times on the establishment of ft.com and its associated services. We have maintained our position as a leading practice in this area.

The practice draws on the experience of lawyers who have worked in-house in these sectors as counsel or as software developers.

Our clients range from IT infrastructure providers, to commercial publishers, to Internet retailers to online gaming operators.

We understand that these fast-moving and highly creative sectors require lateral thought in relation to how existing legal principles impact upon novel commercial products. Because of our strength and depth of experience we think creatively to help our clients meet their objectives.

We deal with all aspects of the delivery of content on-line and its interaction with intellectual property rights, including copyright, designs, trade marks, domain names, privacy and defamation issues. In addition to our intellectual property work, we also have a wider technology, media and telecom practice.

We assist clients with the multi-jurisdictional issues associated with these sectors. We draw upon the expertise of lawyers in our associate law firms in over 100 countries around the world as well as our colleagues in our Moscow office.

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