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Whether you have been accused of infringement or you believe someone has infringed your intellectual property rights, it is important that you act decisively. As the rights holder, infringement can lead to a significant loss of revenue and damage to your brands reputation. If you’re found guilty of infringement, you can be held personally liable for your actions.
Our experienced solicitors will take a pragmatic approach to resolving your intellectual property dispute. We will explain and evaluate the options available to you and tailor our approach to your circumstances. Often, we can help you resolve your dispute by negotiating an out of court settlement. If the other side is unwilling to negotiate, we will seek injunctions to force the other side to stop their actions and will use our litigation experience to help you seek justice.
Our team can assist you across all areas of intellectual property disputes, including:
Enforcing your intellectual property rights
If you do not enforce your intellectual property rights, you are inadvertently creating an opening for opportunists to benefit from your hard work. Competitors may use your intellectual property to undercut you by producing and selling inferior quality products using your branding or designs. All of which will tarnish the reputation of brand and result in a loss of revenue.
Our intellectual property infringement solicitors have experience resolving intellectual property disputes in the UK and abroad. We will look to restore the damage caused by the intellectual property infringement, by seeking damages or through a negotiated settlement.
Defending you if you have been accused of intellectual property infringement
If you have been accused of intellectual property infringement it is important that you seek legal advice and quickly respond to a claim. Intellectual property infringement is a serious issue with wide reaching repercussions on you and your business. Directors and business owners can be personally liable for intellectual property infringement, putting their home, savings and other personal assets at risk.
Ceasing the alleged infringing activity or removing the infringing product listing can be enough to prevent further issues, other times you may be required to defend yourself in court. If we believe that the allegations are unfounded, you may be able to file a counterclaim asserting your rights.
Whatever position you are in, you can be confident we will limit your exposure to risk and avoid any reputational damage. Our intellectual property solicitors can advise you on the options available to you and the steps you need to take to resolve your dispute.
Attracting the best legal professionals: Our remote operating model not only improves the work-life balance of our lawyers but also widens the talent pool available to us. This allows us to attract some of the best intellectual property lawyers from across the UK. Their experience as skilled negotiators will ensure you achieve the best possible outcome for you and your business.
Adapting to your needs: At Harper James we don’t take one size fits all approach when it comes to dispute resolution. From the outset we will try to understand your commercial situation, the impact an infringement has on your business and your tolerance to risk before we discuss your options with you. For example, if you are struggling with cash flow and have a low tolerance to risk, we may propose mediation or a co-existence/licensing agreement. On the other hand, if an infringement has resulted in a serious financial loss, we may suggest that you seek an injunction and be more aggressive in the enforcement of your intellectual property rights.
Working collaboratively: Intellectual property infringement can extend beyond the boundaries of intellectual property law, common examples include infringements carried out by consultants or employees or intellectual property disputes that arise from a licensing or franchise agreement. The breadth of knowledge available within firm means that you can have confidence we will be able to deal with your dispute, regardless of how complex it is.
Our IP dispute solicitors can help you whether you’re defending your own IP from infringement, or whether you are being accused of infringement – whatever size or type of business you are. We specialise in IP dispute resolution for niche technology companies, such as Aeristech.
For example, if you’re worried about infringement or want to check the competition either pre- or post-application for forms of IP protection, we can search other people’s:
You should be careful not to infringe anyone else’s IP rights. Our intellectual property solicitors can advise you what to do in the event of this.
Our intellectual property solicitors have experience representing clients at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and are experienced litigators. They have a deep knowledge of the procedures and prospects of getting injunctions and can help you navigate the court process to ensure you have provided the necessary evidence and meet any deadlines imposed by the courts.
We have unrivalled knowledge of technology and the digital landscape and have a strong track record resolving intellectual property infringement disputes that occur online. Examples includes takedown notices on ecommerce platforms, domain disputes and the copying of software and designs. This knowledge allows us to gather and present evidence in court, shortening the time it takes to resolve your dispute. Most of the team has worked at Top 100 city firms, or inhouse at large organisations. Their backgrounds allow them to understand your needs from various perspectives, enabling you to receive practical, commercially focused advice.
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