Intellectual Property

Carson McDowell’s Intellectual Property Team provides both contentious and non-contentious advice to clients on all aspects of intellectual property protection and exploitation. As such it has substantial expertise dealing with the intellectual property issues arising not only in a transactional and advisory context, but also in the litigation of matters relating to protection and infringement of intellectual property.

Our breadth of team is such that our advice covers a comprehensive spectrum of intellectual property rights, both registered and unregistered, including: copyright, design rights, trademarks, patents, knowhow and commercially sensitive information.

Specialist areas of expertise include the licensing of Intellectual property and, the prosecution and defence of patent infringement proceedings. The team's long standing relationship with the local Universities also means it has considerable expertise across a number of Technology Sectors.

What We Do

  • Advising on organisational policies and procedures for the management of intellectual property
  • Undertaking intellectual property audits
  • Conducting intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions
  • Assisting with the registration of trademarks
  • Providing trademark portfolio management services
  • Instigating and assisting with trademark invalidation and revocation proceedings
  • Advising on the transfer of ownership of intellectual property of all kinds
  • Advice on the licensing of intellectual property both to and from third parties and intra group arrangements
  • Advice on appropriate forms of licensing arrangement in the context of spin out companies
  • Advice on the non tax aspects of the Patent Box
  • Advising on merchandising, advertising, and the grant of sponsorship rights particularly as regards sporting events
  • Advice on the management of business information and commercially sensitive information protection
  • Advice on the intellectual property issues arising in the context of APP development
  • Instigating and defending High court proceedings for the protection of intellectual property of all kinds
  • Advising as to strategies for protecting intellectual property from infringement without recourse to legal proceedings and particularly conducting negotiations between parties involved in the intellectual property disputes including drafting undertakings that will form the basis of any settlement
  • Advising on appropriate means of protecting unregistered intellectual property rights from infringement – passing off actions
  • Generally advising on copyright, patents, knowhow, trademarks and design rights

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2016 (Band 1)

What the team is known for

Highly esteemed IP practice recommended for contentious and non-contentious matters involving all core IP rights. Known for its exceptional handling of licensing engineering technologies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are highly informative and knowledgeable."

Work highlights

Advised Creative Composites on a framework agreement licensing the client's magnetic resonance tomography to medical technology company, the TRUMPF Group.

Assisted software developer Graphical Data on a supply and service agreement with Arqiva.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee is well known for his experience in disputes concerning all major IP rights. Recent instructions include a patent litigation claim on behalf of a global electronics company.

Dawn McKnight concentrates on non-contentious matters with a special focus on the technology sector. She has extensive experience in copyright, trade mark and licensing work of all kinds.

Significant clients

Schrader Electronics, Fane Valley, CDE Global, Funky Monkey Playcentres, McCloskey International.

The Legal 500 2016 (First Tier)

What the team is known for

Highly esteemed IP practice recommended for contentious and non-contentious matters involving all core IP rights. Known for its exceptional handling of licensing engineering technologies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are highly informative and knowledgeable."

Work highlights

Advised Creative Composites on a framework agreement licensing the client's magnetic resonance tomography to medical technology company, the TRUMPF Group.

Assisted software developer Graphical Data on a supply and service agreement with Arqiva.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee is well known for his experience in disputes concerning all major IP rights. Recent instructions include a patent litigation claim on behalf of a global electronics company.

Dawn McKnight concentrates on non-contentious matters with a special focus on the technology sector. She has extensive experience in copyright, trade mark and licensing work of all kinds.

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