What IP assets a business may own and how best to protect them
Produced in partnership with Alan Harper of Walker Morris

The following IP practice note produced in partnership with Alan Harper of Walker Morris provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What IP assets a business may own and how best to protect them
  • Trade marks
  • Design rights
  • Copyright
  • Database rights
  • Patents
  • Capturing IP
  • Protecting and enforcing your IP
  • Acquiring IP
  • Commercialising IP
  • More...

What IP assets a business may own and how best to protect them

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 are valuable assets which are vital to the success of many businesses. Often, businesses do not realise the extent of the IP rights which they own and what benefits they can bring. Ensuring this IP is captured and utilised is vital to ensure the success of any business.

The table below sets out the main IP rights together with details of these IP assets which a business may own.

IP rightDetails
Registered trade marksregistered trade marks and trade mark applications
Unregistered trade marksinclude unregistered business names, trading names, product or service names used by business. They can also include product shapes, packaging and slogans
Design rights (registered or unregistered)encompasses both registered applications and unregistered logos, packaging, product exterior and interior design, surface decoration on
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