Intellectual Property

Your Intellectual Property is yours. Your ideas, your innovations, your business. Let us keep it that way.

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What we do:

Our expert IP lawyers and business advisors can help you with:

  • Collaboration Agreements
  • Commercialisation of your IP
  • Copyright qualification
  • Design protection registration
  • IP licensing
  • IP portfolio management
  • Management of patent renewals/revisions
  • Patent applications
  • Research & Development Agreements
  • Selling or transferring of copyright
  • Trademark registration

Why use Haddletons:

Intellectual property covers more than just innovative products and designs; it can include many other aspects of your business such as your brand name, logo and even your reputation in the business world. Let us assess your existing intellectual property assets and identify a strategy for your full IP lifecycle. The benefit to you of using our expertise is the enhancement of shareholder value and potential additional income streams.

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Haddletons made the whole process straightforward and understandable. They asked lots of questions to build a thorough understanding of our business and services, before advising on suitable terms, payment and delivery terms and ownership of IP. After this, they looked after everything, provided drafts, guidance and revised editions until we were happy with the finished result. The procurement person responsible for signing on the client side even remarked how impressive our paperwork and proposal was "very unusual to see such a well drafted and detailed set of terms". As a result, we have already recommended Haddletons to several other businesses, two of which have gone on to become clients. As we continue to grow, we are confident to have Haddletons by our side - we cannot recommend them enough.
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Paul Wilson
Owner Flapjack Films

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Frequently Asked Questions

Copyright, patent, and trademark are all different types of intellectual property (IP). Although the three types of IP are very different, people often confuse them. A copyright is a collection of rights automatically given to you once you have created an original work, including literature, music, art and software. A patent protects inventions. These inventions can include new and useful processes, machines, manufactures, compositions of matter as well as improvements to these. A trademark is a recognisable sign, design or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others. Examples include brand names, slogans, and logos.
A licence is an agreement between you as the IP right owner and another party. It grants them permission to do something that would be an infringement of the rights without the licence. IP can be “licensed-out” or “licensed-in”. You can “license-out” to another company in return for a fee. You can “license-in” if you want to use another company’s IP to develop your own business and products. The person granting the licence is usually called the licensor, and the person receiving the licence is usually called the licensee. There may be more than one licensor or more than one licensee in a licence agreement.
“Passing Off” means someone is using an unregistered Trade Mark to represent goods or services as their own i.e. representing a link to another business and thus riding off the back of the goodwill and reputation of that business. As such, the offence of Passing Off prevents one party using the reputation and “get-up” of another party’s business and passing their products or services off as those of the other party.
Intellectual property is defined by the English Oxford Dictionary as “intangible property that is the result of creativity”. Data would seem to be more tangible than not – however many kinds of data are subject to the same rights as a literary or artistic work and require IP or copyright rights when created.
A trade secret is an intellectual property right, but by definition the ‘secret’ information has not been disclosed to the general public. They are used to protect information such as process, method and formula. A famous example of a trade secret would be the secret recipe for Coca-Cola.
Design rights are an alternative method to a patent of protecting your intellectual property. Design rights protect the ‘design’ of an important and innovative new product. The design is just the shape and configuration of objects. For even better protection you can register your design. This will prevent anyone else using the appearance, shape, configuration or decoartion of your new product.
You could use a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to keep an invention a secret when discussing it with other people. An NDA is a legal contract which sets out how you share information or ideas in confidence.
Both copyright and design rights are types of automatic IP protection. As soon as you create any original piece of work, whether it is written, drawn, recorded or broadcast – you get automatic copyright protection.

A trademark must be a unique symbol/representation for your business and will usually include words, colours and logos. It cannot however:

  • be too non-distinctive
  • be misleading
  • use words that describe the goods/services of the company
  • be offensive in any way
  • be a 3-dimensional shape associated with your trade mark

If someone has used your intellectual property without your permission this is called ‘infringement’. Examples of IP infringement are ‘counterfeiting’ and ‘piracy’.

Generally, IP created by an employee in the course of their employment belongs to their employer, but if a patented invention is of ‘outstanding benefit’ the employee may claim compensation. A written contract of employment helps define and protect an employer’s  IP rights.

Without a written contract dealing with the matter, the consultant will be the owners of the IP. A good consultant’s contract will require IP to be assigned from the consultant to the business. If a consultant becomes an employee any IP rights owned by them should be transferred to the employer as part of the new employment contract.

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With Haddletons your IP stays safe, your IP is yours.