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Intellectual Property

What is Intellectual Property?

Most of a business’ value is often attributable to a bunch of intangible rights referred to as intellectual property. Sometimes this is all a business will have, particularly when starting up, so it is critical to protect these rights to preserve the long-term value of your business and prevent unlawful infringements.

The common types of intellectual property rights include copyright, trademarks, confidential information and trade secrets, designs and patents. Not every type of intellectual property right will apply to your business, so when a dispute arises, it is important that you seek advice from a team of experienced lawyers with a deep understanding of intellectual property rights and how to defend those rights.

At Small Myers Hughes, we demystify the law on intellectual property and implement cost-effective strategies to protect your rights. Where disputes arise and litigation proves necessary, we tirelessly bring or defend court proceedings to achieve the best possible outcome.

Our experience includes:

  1. issuing letters of demand for clients regarding both registered and unregistered intellectual property, including for ‘passing off’ and ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’ claims;
  2. negotiating undertakings from offending parties to remove material that infringes our clients’ intellectual property;
  3. making and defending applications for orders restraining other parties from infringing our clients’ intellectual property;
  4. bringing and defending court proceedings successfully.