Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property is often one of the most valuable assets any organisation can own. Protecting those assets will be a key element of any businesses' strategy.

Our expert team have a wide range of experience in relation to the management of IP and the relevant legislation and regulatory controls. We work in partnership with our clients to offer practical and commercially focused advice regarding both protection and exploitation of their IP.

Where disputes arise, we have the experience required to provide highly effective litigation support, or, where appropriate, to provide the most appropriate form of alternative dispute resolution.

We advise on a wide range of IP related matters, including:

  • Copyright
  • Digital rights management
  • Trademarks
  • Know-how
  • Brand protection
  • Advertising
  • Domain names
  • Confidential information
  • Trade secrets
  • IP acquisitions and disposals
  • Internet related issues
  • Design rights

In addition to the above, we regularly work with our clients at a strategic level to manage issues in relation to:

  • Identification and audit of IP assets
  • Negotiation and drafting of strategic licensing and assignment agreements
  • Drafting content agreements
  • Advising on joint ventures and mergers
  • Structuring IP exploitation arrangements for acquisition and disposal
  • Advising on production and distribution agreements

Please contact us to find out more about how we can help you to in relation to management of your businesses' intellectual property.


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James Carpenter


Having trained in London and qualified in 1996 at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, James joined Taylor Walton as a solicitor in June 1999.  He became a partner in 2004 and in November 2015 James became Head of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution department which is based at the Luton office.

He has extensive experience of commercial litigation matters and in particular:


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