Intellectual property & technology
We advise across all business sectors in every area of intellectual property and technology law, from intangible asset protection, management and commercialisation, to copyright, patent law, information technology and media law.
Advising on IP&T in Scotland and beyond
At Harper Macleod we have a full service IP practice, dealing with all aspects of intellectual and intangible rights and property, both contentious and non-contentious.
We are one of only two Scottish firms to retain a filing and prosecution practice in respect of trade mark rights, and the only Scottish firm to offer a holistic brand protection service, which includes anti-counterfeit and customs management services. More information can be found upon our brands services.
In relation to patents, we are the leading firm in Scotland in relation to patent disputes, having achieved notable recent successes in Scottish court based litigation. We work extensively with patent agents locally and internationally in respect of filing work, and are adept at developing protection strategies, our team including notable prior experience on an in house / research organisation level.
As regards copyright and related rights, we are recognised for our market leading experience in key areas such as music, publishing, information technology and broadcasting. We represent industry organisations in these fields, and have dealt with many high profile international matters.
On a governmental level, we have assisted with the drafting and implementing of new IP related legislation, at both a Scottish and UK parliament level.
Our experience in relation to data and information technology includes assisting on some of the largest public sector projects implemented in Scotland over the last decade, including communications infrastructure, the gathering, management and use of sensitive data sets, supplier failure disputes, freedom of information and Crown rights, and the creation of institutional policies and strategies.
Our team is recognised for its expertise in the Legal 500, Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, the World Trade Mark Review, and in Managing IP, and includes specialists accredited and certified by the Law Society of Scotland and the World Intellectual Property Organization, in intellectual property, international trade mark work and cyber security.
We regularly assist private sector clients and government agencies in evaluating and developing strategies for IP protection and commercialisation. Our IP team works regularly in conjunction with our corporate and regulatory teams, to ensure IP strategies fit with commercial goals and compliance requirements. We have extensive experience of sectors including data and AI, life sciences, software, sport, and food & drink.
Following on from our strategy work, in response to client drivers, and working with our network of trusted providers, we implement rights acquisition strategies in the UK and abroad, from trade mark, design, domain and copyright registration, to the acquisition of protection under patent and trade secret laws.
We regularly assist in the drafting and negotiation of documentation concerning IP & IT matters, including the creation of style banks for clients, and addressing high value complex project contracting. Our experience in IT contracting has been lead through advising upon some of the largest infrastructure projects in Scotland in recent years. We also regularly assist with disputes and their resolution whether via court proceedings or alternative settlement means.
We have one of the leading contentious IP practices in Scotland. We regularly assist clients both locally and internationally in relation to IP disputes. We have particular experience of patent litigation and media related copyright matters.
Data and information law
We’ve dealt with personal data projects that cross borders and continents. Millions of pounds flow under agreements we’ve drafted. We’ve extensive experience of working with clients in areas as diverse as telehealth, sports, financial services, food, drink, leisure, gambling, publishing, music, film and TV.
Mobile technology and apps
The way we use the internet is changing. Slim, light apps with simple interfaces and easy user interaction sit on top of deep mines of data drawn from multiple sources, allowing us to interact and share faster and easier.
We advise some of the largest operators in the mobile technologies sector. We know how to work with developers, of all sizes. Our approach is built around meeting needs, cognisant of client constraints, whether they be budget orientated, timescale driven, or arising from technological or project complexity.
Our work revolves around identifying key strategic goals for clients and their projects, then building round these an approach designed to achieve key short and long term business objectives.
Advising the leading UK supplier of health and safety monitoring devices in relation to successful patent litigation in the Scottish Court of Session.
Assisting the UK’s principal provider of research services in the forestry sector with their IP, IT and related commercial requirements.
Working with Norwegian established aquaculture sector leader with multiple international commercial and IP related matters.
Assisting various local and international product and service providers with their interaction with the UK NHS, and addressing various IP licensing and development arrangements for early stage technology relating to NHS developed innovation.
“Harper Macleod has provided a first class service throughout our journey. They maintained a balanced and considered perspective on the deal throughout the process and offered guidance and direction when required. We are delighted with the quality of work by the individuals involved and how they function as a team of professionals.”
“Tom Thomas advises corporate and public sector customers and also BPO service providers and tech companies on all manner of IT outsourcing and procurement transactions.”
“Jamie Watt operates a broad intellectual property practice, being well versed in handling trade mark, design, patent and software licensing and prosecution matters. He also advises on IP litigation.” Clients comment “Jamie Watt is fantastic to work with. He is sharp and pragmatic.” and “He has an approachable way of looking at smaller businesses, he is able to grasp the issues that may arise and he has a very quick intuition concerning issues within the industry.”
“Offers the full range of IP services , standing out especially in the life sciences, music, publishing and sports sectors. The group is spearheaded by registered European Commission IP expert Jamie Watt, who principally focuses on trade mark issues and patent disputes and is recognised for his ‘great depth of knowledge’. Laura McCorquodale specialises in complex IP matters emanating from the construction, engineering and music sectors, primarily patent and copyright litigation.”
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