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Intellectual Property

The intellectual property landscape is constantly evolving as a result of Court decisions and legislative changes. In June and October 2014 new UK copyright exemptions came into force, affecting a range of sectors, and we expect much more change to follow. With such an evolving landscape, it is easy to see how individuals and businesses may struggle to stay abreast of the various changes that may, or may not, affect them. This is where we come in.

Often, and particularly with the recent economy, the value of your IP can far outweigh the physical assets you have - protecting, enforcing and exploiting your IP rights is therefore of crucial importance. We advise entrepreneurs, inventors, artists and businesses on a full range of matters, such as:

  • the creation, acquisition, protection and exploitation of intellectual property
  • brand protection strategies (including what should be registered as trade marks)
  • IP licensing (e.g. software licences, trade mark licences) and franchising
  • commercial exploitation of rights in creative industries (e.g. film production agreements, publishing agreements etc)
  • sponsorship and endorsement agreements
  • IP due diligence
  • IP disputes, including design right claims, copyright claims, passing off claims, domain name dispute resolution and trade mark disputes (including infringement and revocation actions).

Our wide range of experience sees us advise individuals and businesses in various sectors, with a particular emphasis on media and creative industries including the music industry, TV and film, the theatre, publishing, advertising and PR, technology, fashion, art and cultural property.

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Robert Lands

Robert Lands : Partner

Jonathan Sellors

Jonathan Sellors : Consultant

  • "[Robert Lands] huge deep knowledge, particularly with regard to knotty areas of regulation."

    Chambers UK 2017

  •  "great confidence in his advice" and appreciate his "friendly and accessible approach."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "Thoughtful, measured and practical'."

    Legal 500 UK 2015

  • "Robert Lands of Howard Kennedy leads the IP team and handles all manner of IP work with an emphasis on transactional and non-contentious matters. Sources appreciate his endeavours to understand their businesses and tailor his advice accordingly." 

    Chambers UK 2015