Need support to work with IP?
Many clients who develop intellectual property do not even realise that they need to worry about it, and most find that they are having to take care of it before they really understand it. Even once they do understand it, they often wonder how to make the most of it.
If you are unsure of what you need to do then we can help you. If you need specific information or training then we can be of assistance, but you might decide you just want us to take a peek under the bonnet and see if everything is ticking over nicely. We're happy either way.
When it comes to getting strategic and helping with direction we're no slouches, either. If intellectual property is going to work for you then you might need some support to get it right. We'll be there with you to help things go forward in the right way with insights from our work with other clients in the same position.
If it's all a bit weird and bewildering then let us be your helpful guides.
Intellectual property can be a complex area of law - it is as easy to go overboard with protection as it is to ignore it entirely. Our view is that intellectual property assets should have a purpose, and we find that some clients who seek our help have become disenchanted because other advisors have pushed them to spend too much on protecting the wrong things.
Many of our clients simply leave us to deal with all their intellectual property requirements. They have a business to run. However, there are times when a client is keen to get involved too and handle some of the issues alongside us. We're delighted to help - our role is to act as your partner. And we can devise a programme of information that is specifically tailored to the needs of your business.
A key component of the value of a business can be its intellectual property. Many business owners don't even realise they have a golden nugget of an asset. And we love having the opportunity to look critically at a business and pass on the good news. It's important you know what you own, and then make sure you own it in the right way.
A key aspect of making the most of your intellectual property is to stay abreast of any potential conflict looming on the horizon. Keeping an eye on trade mark applications by third parties that may infringe on yours, or threaten your position in the market, is part of that. A Watch Service that does this will both alert you to any potential threat and provide you with useful market/competitor information.
The intellectual property of a business is part of its portfolio of assets. We can help you whenever there is the need to search out or prove the intellectual property assets of a company or person - be they yours or those of a third party. This can be a massively important task as the information we can find may make a huge difference to the attractiveness of your commercial plans.
In a world where insight, ideas, creativity and design are valuable assets, many businesses are leaving a wealth undeveloped and unconsidered, or are letting them walk out of the door every day. Working in tandem with a range of trusted advisors, we advise on all manner of commercial arrangements to make the most of your intellectual property - we help you bring your ideas to life and to make a commercial success of them.
When you register a trade mark you are providing it with a level of protection that actually builds value in your business. By securing a registered trade mark, you give yourself an avenue to prevent someone using something similar and riding off the back of your hard work and reputation.
"Aaron is great trade mark attorney. He is very knowledgeable on trade marks, but at the same time also very business-driven. And apart from that he is a very nice person." - Willem Leppink, Partner, Ploum Lodder Princen, Netherlands
We have considerable experience in registering trade marks. We have worked both in-house at large brand-owning companies, and at other law firms. We have advised multinationals, but have helped start-ups and fledgling businesses protect their assets, too. There are few sectors we haven't worked in, and our experience really does range from advertising agencies to zoos! A to Z… literally.
"As a client, Aaron has always given excellent advice, has the ability to adapt quickly to client's particular needs and responds effectively to urgent requests. He is always willing to help and provides excellent results. I have very much enjoyed working with Aaron, it has been a valuable learning experience" - Isabel Soares, Paralegal, Bacardi & Company, Switzerland
Handling trade mark disputes is a core aspect of our Enforcement work. We're regularly either acting for our clients to ensure a third party isn't able to register a trade mark that might affect their rights, or defending them from proceedings brought by others.
"I've worked with Aaron a few times now in relation to UK trademark applications, particularly where they have become contentious. I have found Aaron to be extremely helpful and prompt in replaying to emails/calls. I'll continue to use his services and would encourage anyone else in such matters to do the same" - Seb Hopkins, Solicitor, Flint Bishop LLP, UK
You want competitors to steer clear of your brands. And, of course, competitors want you to steer clear of theirs. So if you find your business on the wrong end of a demand to alter a brand once you've adopted, marketed, and set your hopes on it, it can make for an expensive and unpleasant experience.
"Just wanted to thank you once again for all your assistance and helpful advice with this matter. It truly is a great pleasure to work with such a reputable firm and knowledgeable attorney such as yourself […] your particular attention to detail and explaining all aspects surrounding matters I have inquired about has been exceptional and I always appreciate your time and patience" - Lisa Cronsberry, Manager, Intellectual Property Group at Scotiabank, Canada
Wood assisted by protecting the main brands and class names of this market-leading franchise
"Aaron has always been very quick to help us. The initial contact was through a recommendation and I understand why he came so highly recommended! I have worked with a number of lawyers but the level of detail and business understanding presented by Aaron cannot be compared with other firms. I am also kept up to date about billing and any additional expenses. Previous lawyers have landed me a bill for additional 50% of agreed fees because the project has taken longer than they expected but haven't communicated this to me, their client. A bit of a shock and shortsighted. Aaron ensures billing is clear for all concerned and delivers a professional service throughout." - Julie Clabby, Busylizzymum Limited, UK