Patents, know-how and trade secrets

Underpinning many commercial interests are core technology rights. Our experience in this area is impressive. We regularly deal with the development (including research and development collaboration), joint ownership, transfer and realisation of value in patent protected technology in areas including bio-technology, information technology and manufacturing. When it comes to registration of patents, we work closely with trusted patent agents to assist clients in the registration of core technology.  

Birketts LLP ‘reacts quickly and gives accurate and professional advice’. Legal 500 | UK 2016

Underpinning many commercial interests are core technology rights.  Our experience in this area is impressive.  We regularly deal with the development (including research and development collaboration), joint ownership, transfer and realisation of value in patent protected technology in areas including bio-technology, information technology, and manufacturing.  When it comes to registration of patents, we work closely with trusted patent agents to assist clients in the registration of core technology.

In some cases, our clients prefer to rely on trade secrets to protect their valuable innovations. This means the inner workings of our clients' technology need not be exposed to the wider world, as it would under patent protection. We prepare all types of non-disclosure agreements and advise clients on the law as it applies to confidential information and trade secrets.

We also assist clients in handling patent litigation in the UK courts and the European Patent Office and have direct experience in advising clients in North America and other jurisdictions on their patent rights both domestically and more widely.

We also advise with regard to the EU Competition Law regime as it applies to development and exploitation agreements and are well versed in drafting documentation to take advantage of the relevant EU Block Exemptions.

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