Intellectual property (IP)—new starter guide
Intellectual property (IP)—new starter guide

The following IP guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Intellectual property (IP)—new starter guide
  • What do IP lawyers do?
  • Non-contentious IP
  • Contentious IP
  • Key topics in IP
  • Patents
  • Trade marks
  • Designs
  • Copyright
  • Databases
  • more

This new starter guide provides an introduction to intellectual property (IP) law. It is aimed at trainee solicitors and those who are new to IP as a practice area.

This new starter guide focuses on the basic principles that apply and includes links to other LexisNexis® sources and materials which provide more comprehensive information on the topics covered.

Those who are new to IP law are also likely to find the Overviews in each of the subtopics in the IP practice area useful. These Overviews summarise the law relating to a particular right or issue, providing links to relevant content within the subtopic to help navigate the area concerned. For an example, see: Copyright & associated rights—overview and Copyright disputes—overview.

Where something is not covered by this basic guide, use the Topics tab or Topics dropdown menu to browse further practice area content.

This new starter guide also contains links to help you make the most of the IP materials, including how to sign up for email alerts and contact the LexisAsk team.

What do IP lawyers do?

IP concerns intangible rights such as copyright, database right, designs, trade marks and patents and the law associated with protecting those rights. It has a non-contentious and contentious side.

Non-contentious IP

Lawyers concerned with non-contentious IP will typically deal with scoping rights, registering rights, transactions