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Grow your Business using your Intellectual Property rights
IPTogether Limited is a consultancy service providing an array of services in the area of intellectual property law. This includes in the areas of patents, trade marks, copyright, design and domain names.
We leverage expertise to offer cutting edge entrepreneurial resolutions bespoke to each client’s specific IP needs. We help clients achieve cost-effective and business aligned goals with respect to IP protection.
We are unique in the UK IP world in offering an Entrepreneurial and Collaborative approach to resolving IP challenges, yielding far better results you will see.
Our clients include start-ups, entrepreneurs, sole traders, individuals and enterprises.
What We Offer
Excellent counsel and business partnering support that reflects a company’s best interests in IP related matters. We act as your strategic partner on issues that require both trade mark and IP commercial knowledge and expertise. We bring in fresh perspective to decisions that have company-wide impact. Often, in relation to providing counsel that requires analysing whether a particular cause of action is a legal one and offer our best judgement as to whether it is the right thing to do.
- Negotiations with competitors / third parties in IP contentious and non-contentious matters to reach Amicable settlement
- Drafting and Reviewing of Contracts/Agreements
- Drafting of letters before action (cease & desist letters)
- UK and EU Custom Registrations
- Monitoring / Watch Notice
- International Registrations
- Coordination, Management and Handling of complex IP issues
- Trade Mark clearance searches worldwide
- Trade Mark filings worldwide
- Drafting of suitable specification of goods/services
- Renewals Service
- Portfolio Audit and Management
- Contentious proceedings (oppositions and cancellation Actions)
- Opinions on merits
- Advice on trade mark enforcements worldwide
- Advice on copyright
- Advice on design rights
- Registered Design protection worldwide
- Advice and support on infringement actions
- Cancellation Proceedings
- Advice on Enforcement
- Representation before the UK IPO and EUIPO
- Representation before IPEC (Intellectual Property Enterprise Court)
- Domain Name conflict resolutions
- Management and coordination of Patent searching, protection, conflicts and administrative support
A trade mark is any sign used in commerce/business to differentiate from competitors. It allows the development of a brand to protect its identity and distinguish that identity by way of the goods and services of one business from those of another. A trade mark allows consumers to identify a product or service you are selling is yours.
There is a surprising scope to what can be registered as a trade mark. Traditional trade marks consist of words, logos, names, signatures, numbers, signs, designs. Non-traditional trade marks are harder to secure registration, but can consist of sounds, colours, smells, shapes, packaging, overall features of a product, interior get up design of a place such as a restaurant, shop, hotel and a general trade dress or get up.
- Prevent others from using a similar mark in relation to similar goods and services
- Take legal action against anyone who uses your brand without your permission. This includes counterfeiters
- Put the ® symbol next to your brand to show that it is yours and warn others against using it
- Sell and license your brand
In the UK, trade marks are registered on a first to file basis. Therefore, until a mark is registered it would be necessary to rely on unregistered rights and goodwill. Therefore, it is important to seek the registration of trade marks as part of a product or service launch, preferably as soon as possible during that process. It is crucial to register and use a trade mark correctly, to enable it to become a key intellectual property asset. In some cases, trade marks are the most valuable assets of a business. Famous trade marks are instantly recognisable on a worldwide scale because they have become so synonymous with the brands.
Whether you are just starting in business or already in the marketplace you may not be aware of the importance of trade marks to your business success. It is important to seek the advice of a professional, not just to help you file a trade mark registration – checks to avoid infringing an existing registration, challenging infringers and help you to exploit your trade marks’ value effectively to your advantage.
Other Intellectual Property
As well as trade marks, there are other forms of intellectual property (often abbreviated to IP). These are designs, copyright and patents.
In essence, a design is the appearance of a product or part of a product. Surface decoration can also be protected in the EU.
Copyright is an automatic proprietary right which arises in relation to the creation of an original work through the application of skill and labour. In some countries you will need to register your copyright.
A patent provides protection for inventions.