Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Birketts’ highly experienced IP experts have extensive understanding and experience of giving first class legal advice to clients from a range of sectors and industries and of varying sizes, from small start-ups to UK PLCs and international.


  • Advise on all aspects of intellectual property rights
  • Specialists in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law
  • Dedicated Trade Marks and Branding Team
  • Strong international links to ensure global reach for client’s needs


Trade Marks and Branding

  • Our dedicated Trade Marks and Branding Team has a wealth of experience advising clients at every stage of the lifecycle of a trade mark, from the initial enquiry on registrability, to registration, handling Registry queries and actions within the Registry, to management of portfolios and trade mark strategy through to exploitation.
  • The team is expert in the management and strategy of IP, including trade mark portfolio management both nationally and internationally (the latter through a trusted network of agents abroad).

IP Disputes

  • Our specialist IP Disputes Team acts for a wide range of clients across all sectors on contentious IP matters. The team is experienced in acting for clients in IPEC and the High Court.
  • The team advises on disputes arising from the enforcement, defence and validity of trade marks, domain names, copyright, design rights, patents and database rights. In addition, the team regularly advises clients on breach of confidence and taking of IP and confidential information (including know-how) by former employees.

Commercialisation of IP Assets

  • Our non-contentious team advises on the commercialisation of our clients’ IP assets at every stage of the lifecycle, from determining ownership of IP developed by others either by way of contract, employment or joint venture to subsequent exploitation of the same by license or sale. Our non-contentious IP team comprises experienced commercial lawyers with experience of drafting of the necessary documents to support the advice given in relation to the commercialisation of the IP.


We produce a variety of newsletters covering changes in legislation, topical news and issues affecting our clients. You can download the latest issue of Upload, our newsletter for professionals with an interest in technology, from our newsletter page. If you would like to automatically receive future issues please register your details.

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Extremely good team, very technically skilled. Great to work with.

Legal 500 [UK 2023]

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