Advising on IP&T in Scotland and beyond
Our expert team provides advice on all aspects of intellectual property and technology throughout Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Working with a wide range of clients, from start-ups and spin-out through to multinational organisations, we are known for our practical, commercial and solution driven approach.
We advise across all business sectors in every area of intellectual property and technology, from intangible asset protection, management and commercialisation, to copyright, patent law, information technology and media law.
We are ranked in Intellectual Property & Technology by both Legal 500 and Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession 2015, with Jamie Watt recognised as a Leader in the Field and Tom Thomas a recommended lawyer.
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Why choose us?
Our team of intellectual property and technology lawyers has advised in some of the most high profile IP&T projects in Scotland in recent years, including advising the Organising Committee of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on a range of IP&T issues.
We're focussed on adding value, and partnering clients on a long-term basis and we approach management of your intangible assets with the individuality they deserve.
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.
Given the many ways in which IP&T issues can be addressed, we regularly work with clients to devise strategies for IP management, technology development and implementation, and related risk and liability management.
Our core services include:
- Worldwide registered trade mark filing, prosecution and management
- IP&T disputes
- Copyright protection and exploitation
- Broadcasting and new media
- The creative arts
- Sponsorship, association, endorsement and image rights
- Innovation commercialisation
- Patent law
- IT, ICT and telecoms
- Data and information law
We have particular in-depth experience in resolving disputes relating to IP&T matters. Our work in relation to contentious IP&T has seen us act for clients in relation to matters such as IT contract disputes, patent rights infringement, passing off, infringement of design rights, and copyright infringement (including in the context of online dissemination). We have represented clients in proceedings at the UK Intellectual Property Office, OHIM, WIPO and Nominet. Through our extensive network of international counterparts, we have also managed multiple foreign IP infringement matters.
A correct app-lication of the law - #thinternet
Times change, and so does the way in which we communicate. This changes the way in which technology operates. Thin applications, with simple interfacing, channel massive amounts of data from multiple aggregated sources, to create unique user experiences. This creates certain legal challenges. At Harper Macleod, through our #thinternet package of services, we help clients overcome these challenges on a daily basis. To learn more about #thinternet, click here.
Litigating IP disputes in Scotland
IP disputes, given the singularity of the UK marketplace, and the ease by which infringement can take place in the modern digital age, often present an opportunity for the aggrieved party to decide whether to take formal action in either England or Scotland. There are some important differences between the two jurisdictions, as regards IP litigation.
For client advisors, such differences can be significant, in determining strategy, and in some cases tipping the balance in making formal action worthwhile. We set out some key points, relevant to litigating IP disputes in Scotland, making Scotland a unique forum for such disputes and presenting it as a genuine alternative to other jurisdictions.
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