Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights

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

  • Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights
  • Rights covered
  • Registration and maintenance
  • Use
  • Control
  • Infringement
  • Monitoring infringements
  • Avoiding infringements
  • Tackling infringement
  • Litigation
  • More...

Protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for intellectual property?

IP rights need to be defended and protected to retain their value. There are various ways of protecting and enforcing IP rights. Written for practitioners not specialised in Intellectual Property: this Practice Note summarises the law and practice in relation to enforcing IP rights. It considers registration and maintenance of IP rights, use of IP rights, control of IP rights and handling disputes.

Rights covered

Practitioners may encounter a range of IP rights in the course of their work, depending on the nature of the business. Trade marks, both registered and unregistered, design rights (registered and unregistered), patents, copyright and related rights such as moral rights, database rights and rights in performances. It is not within the scope of this Practice Note to explore each of these rights in detail, see the Practice Notes listed below:

  1. trade

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