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What We Do

Our well established intellectual property lawyers advise on IP rights in the UK and internationally.

We handle advisory, transactional and disputes work across all stages of the IP lifecycle. From clearing and registering a new brand name, commercialising your rights, to preventing misuse or defending you if disputes arise – our expert team is on hand to help.

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Our intellectual property lawyers have deep knowledge across a number of sectors, including:

  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Media
  • Luxury goods
  • Engineering
  • Healthcare

We have highly-developed systems and procedures which enable us to work very efficiently. This efficiency allows us to deliver value for money to our clients – from individuals to large worldwide corporations.

Our team draws on a wide range of experience. For example, we have two prominent trade mark lawyers, who can offer unrivalled expertise from their former in-house work.

After helping Intrepid Brewing Company, a micro-brewery based in Derbyshire, in a trade mark dispute with a large national company, we collaborated with them in producing a special edition ale. You can find out more about our unique partnership in the video below.


"Irwin Mitchell’s practice is led by the ‘practical and accessible’ Georgie Collins."
Legal 500, 2015

Our Intellectual Property Services:

Advertising and Marketing Compliance

Our specialist team provides an array of services in this area of continuous change. We help clients to comply with the laws and industry regulations that govern advertising and marketing, on a national and international level.

Some of the key areas where we can help are:

  • Ambush marketing
  • Copy clearance
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements
  • Sales promotions, competitions and prize draws
  • Advertising Standards Agency – compliance and complaints
  • Data collection and direct marketing
  • Sponsorship, events and endorsements
Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy

With counterfeiting and piracy on the rise, individuals and businesses have to work harder to protect their rights.

Some of the key areas where we can help are:

  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy strategy
  • Civil infringement and criminal proceedings
  • Customs filings, complaints and training
  • Obtaining and enforcing injunctions, search and seizure orders, asset tracing and freezing of assets
  • Collaborating with criminal law enforcement agencies
Confidential Information, Know-How and Trade Secrets

Our intellectual property lawyers have in-depth experience in protecting the confidentiality of your information.

We work hard to develop risk management procedures and systems to guard against the misuse and leakage of information. In tandem with this, we design monitoring and enforcement strategies, so we can respond immediately if things go wrong.

Copyright and Databases

We advise on the creation, ownership, commercialisation and enforcement of copyright and database rights, in the technical and creative industries.

Some of the key areas where we can help are:

  • Pre-publication and copy clearance
  • Ownership issues, advising both employers and employees
  • Art, music, film and publishing
  • Copyright levies and collecting societies
  • Database protection, risk management and exploitation
Domain Names

We offer a simple one-stop solution for the registration, monitoring and enforcement of rights in domain names, in the UK and internationally.

Some of the key areas where we can help are:

  • Clearance and advising on filing strategies, including Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)
  • Overt or covert acquisition of domain names
  • Domain name registration, monitoring and enforcement
  • Domain name recovery and disputes
Franchising, Licensing and Commercial Agreements

We advise on, prepare and negotiate IP-related agreements for SMEs through to global corporations.

Some of the key areas where we can help are:

  • Licensing, distribution, franchising and assignments
  • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements
  • Non Disclosure Agreements
Intellectual Property Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We deal with disputes relating to all intellectual property rights across various forums, including the:

  • High Court
  • Intellectual Property Enterprise Court
  • Community Trade Mark Office and Court of Justice of European Union
  • UK Intellectual Property Office

Our expertise covers infringement, validity and ownership/entitlement disputes, and contractual disputes relating to intellectual property rights. We also advise in relation to passing-off and breach of confidence.

Our lawyers have significant experience in complex cross-border litigation. Often these cases can involve jurisdiction disputes, injunctive proceedings, search and seizure, and freezing orders.

We also deal with civil and criminal proceedings relating to IP. This can involve working with Trading Standards and police forces, and dealing with private prosecutions.

Most importantly, we provide clear strategic guidance relating to the avoidance and resolution of IP-related disputes. More often than not, we help our clients to achieve the commercial result they want whilst avoiding litigation entirely.


We advise on patents across a range of industries, including healthcare, engineering, telecoms, software, electronics and automotive.

Some of the key areas where we can help are:

  • Opinions on patent validity and infringement
  • Valuation of patent portfolio and strategic review
  • Conducting and co-ordinating national and multi-jurisdictional patent litigation
  • Injunctions and other forms of emergency relief
  • Patent entitlement disputes
  • Exploitation of patent rights through licensing
Personality and Image Rights

Our lawyers assist individuals and organisations in managing and protecting their information, name, image and reputation. We have particular experience of dealing with social media as well as the more traditional media and press.

Some of the key areas where we can help are:

  • Taking down websites
  • Monitoring for offending material
  • Media and crisis management
  • Phone hacking
Trade Marks and Designs

Our team represent and advise many popular brands, including those in the fashion, media and catering industry. We offer a full service package to our clients, ensuring we provide you with adequate protection and guidance.

We can help with:

  • Clearance and strategic advice (locally, regionally and internationally)
  • Registration, enforcement and portfolio management
  • Oppositions and other matters before the UKIPO, EUIPO and representation at other national trade mark offices
  • Anti-counterfeiting and customs detention strategies
  • Dispute resolution, including cross border, multi-jurisdictional litigation
  • Registration of registered designs, filing and defending oppositions, invalidity and revocation proceedings

For more information on Intellectual Property

If you are interested in understanding how Irwin Mitchell can help you with your Intellectual Property work then please contact Alex Newman (Partner) on +44 (0)113 394 6858, or send us an email.

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Key Contact

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