A market leading practice for the global intellectual property community
We provide advice across all aspects of the IP life cycle from brand creation and protection, to licensing and commercialisation and enforcement.
Intellectual property (IP) is often the most important asset that a business owns. The protection of intellectual property rights not only provides a solid foundation for a company's future development, but is also an effective defence against increasing competition in both local and international markets.
Our specialist IP team advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP related matters, assisting clients with the protection, enforcement and exploitation of patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, know-how and trade secrets in the Middle East, the UK and around the world.
Our IP clients operate in a wide range of industries, and our ability to work alongside specialist Clyde & Co teams, with industry specific expertise, can be critical when working to achieve clients' goals.
We work with clients globally across a range of IP issues, wherever they seek to do business. Clyde & Co has leading IP teams in the Middle East and the UK. We regularly coordinate with leading external firms in other jurisdictions as and when clients' international IP strategies require.
Our IP team has the knowledge and experience to be able to spot and guide clients through the numerous pitfalls of dealing with IP rights, providing them with commercially focused solutions.
Our Commercial IP team advise on the global commercialisation of intellectual property, including:
Drafting and negotiating IP licences and assignments, royalty agreements, agency, distribution and franchising agreements, sponsorship agreements, white label agreements and research and development agreements.
Franchising and licensing agreements.
Competition law implications of IP related agreements.
Media: providing IP advice to television and radio broadcasters, Internet and mobile media businesses, publishers and advertisers, including in relation to the launch of new channels, intellectual property audits, advising on celebrity enforcement and "personality rights" and advice on content creation, distribution and acquisition.
Licensing of commercially valuable data.
Life sciences: IP licensing, reach collaborations, joint ventures and non-disclosure agreements.
Technology transfer and know-how agreements.
We work closely with the firm's corporate practice to advise on the IP aspects of M&A transactions, including verification and transmission of title, advising on warranties and reviewing sale documentation, preparing licence and assignment documents, attending to post-settlement transfer and registration issues.