“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. Drawing on our wide range of experience across many sectors, we are well-placed to provide the joined-up, cost-effective advice and protection that clients need to obtain, retain and grow these assets. With the benefit of our closely developed relationships with specialist IP preferred firms network in over 70 countries, we are also able to assist you with global protection.

A one-stop-shop covering all of your IP needs:

  • IP disputes: using all forms of dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration, we litigate claims only where strictly necessary, both before the English and European Courts.
  • Data: whilst we have a focus on data protection law, we offer this as part of a broader practice, advising on wider data-related issues, such as privacy, confidentiality, legal privilege, trade secrets, defamation, copyright and database rights and network and information security.
  • Technology: using a ‘triage’ approach to get to the root of any problem as quickly as possible, we manage disputes for clients in the Information Technology and Outsourcing sectors.
  • Cybercrime: a critical issue for all commercial organisations and individuals; we work closely with forensic teams to provide a secure environment in which to hold data and deal with consequences of loss or theft of data.
  • IP exploitation: assisting with licensing and assigning IP as well as buying, selling or financing IP assets as part of wider transactions.

IP specialisms

BLP is recognised for its one-stop-shop IP practice, providing clients operating across a range of sectors with expertise in brand management, IP disputes and litigation, data, technology, cybercrime and IP exploitation. Our team offer:

IP disputes

Our IP litigators are experienced in the enforcement and defence of all forms of IP rights.

Our practice is unusual in that we have often acted for both sides of an industry sector in disputes. For example, our experience in acting for designers is invaluable in representing retail clients accused of copying designs.

We are supported by all of the technology that you would expect from a leading City litigation practice. The value of this was demonstrated in a case where we had to prepare the entire defence in just four weeks. Extensive disclosure was required, but we were able to handle this in-house with our disclosure and document management system. This was vital to the successful defence of the claim.

We give you a sensible pragmatic view of your position, always mindful of costs. We do not encourage litigation where this can be avoided. But when necessary we will pursue or defend claims vigorously for you.


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.

Defamation, media & privacy

Our practice is focused on acting for corporate clients and individuals who become subject to negative or intrusive media coverage or actions.
We advise on both pre and post-publication issues.

We favour a proactive rather than reactive approach seeking to avoid criticism of our clients in the media rather than suing after the fact. In keeping our clients out of the media we regularly deal directly with journalists, editors and producers as well as clients’ in-house PR expertise or external agencies.

Dealing with post-publication issues requires a fast response and clear legal strategy. Where possible we aim to resolve the issue without the need for litigation. In situations when litigation is the right course of action, we will pursue your case vigorously.

We also advise on increasingly important multi-jurisdictional aspects in this area. We advise overseas clients on their exposure to English defamation and privacy laws via publication into England in the print, but more usually, online media. We also now regularly advise foreign clients being attacked from overseas based publishers and websites about effective means to prevent further publication by exposing the publishers to English law and jurisdiction. 

Our work also involves protecting our clients from attacks that stray into harassment.  We have advised high profile individuals, as well as corporate clients wishing to protect employees.

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.

Awards & Quotes

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    "The NLA is delighted with the high level of service it received from BLP. The legal team did a fantastic job and we are in a great place as a result. Feedback from our shareholders and the wider spectrum of publishers whose rights have been clarified and supported by this outcome has also been extremely positive." David Pugh, MD, Newspaper Licensing Agency

    "Responsive, commercial and effective." (Chambers UK, 2012)

    "Tactically very astute and able to run complex cases in an effective way" (Chambers UK, 2011)

    "Calm yet assured advice." (Chambers UK, 2010)

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    Shortlisted awards

    Dispute Resolution Team of the Year (The Legal Business Awards 2012)

    TMT team of the Year (The Legal Business Awards 2012)

    TMT Team of the Year (The Lawyer Awards 2012)

    TMT Team of the Year (The British Legal Awards 2011)

    Dispute Resolution Team of the Year (The Legal Business Awards 2011)

    Private Practice of the Year (The Intellectual Property Magazine Awards 2010)

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    "This impressive IP litigation department covers the whole range of IP rights. . .particularly strong on design litigation. . . carving out a good reputation in this niche area." (Chambers UK, 2009)

    "Always provides an excellent service, pulling out the stops where necessary. It also has good resources, attention to detail and a high level of partner involvement." (Chambers UK, 2009)

    "Always friendly, giving prompt commercial advice." (Chambers UK, 2009)
    "A top-class retail group." (Chambers UK, 2009)

    "The lawyers get to grips with a problem quickly and efficiently." (Chambers UK, 2009)

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