Every business, from start-ups through to international business giants, creates, owns and exploits intellectual property rights.

Indeed, intellectual property rights are essential to enabling a business to achieve its ambition, and are hugely valuable commercial assets.  When understood and protected effectively, they can provide competitive advantage by allowing you to prevent your competitors from standing on your ground and will enable you to maximize your product or service’s value or even generate further revenue through licensing models or the like.

However, this is a complex area and many businesses don’t always fully understand their intellectual property rights or have people dedicated within their business to proactively protecting and managing them.  The unfortunate reality is that many businesses wait until it is almost too late before considering how best to protect those rights, for example at the stage when their rights are being challenged or infringed by a third party.  If you don’t secure your intellectual property rights at the outset, this can cause significant difficulties and costs in the future.

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Why choose Foot Anstey

At Foot Anstey, we assist our clients with any intellectual property issue relating to the ownership, registration, enforcement and exploitation of these rights. Our expert intellectual property lawyers have a holistic approach to helping you manage, enforce and exploit your intellectual property rights, whether that’s proactive protection, helping to resolve disputes or supporting you with intellectual property related deals and agreements. Given that we know how intellectual property rights are enforced in the courts, we are well placed to use this knowledge to help our clients avoid or limit the cost and hassle of litigation by ensuring they obtain the right protection in the first place and resolve disputes quickly.

You can be reassured that you will always have access to our Partners and high quality legal specialists, who know how to deal with your issue in the most efficient way and who are not afraid to challenge when necessary. The team is made up of creative problem-solvers, who are able to provide flexible solutions to suit your needs. This could include working in-house for clients or providing an outsourced legal function for Boards. We have offices in Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton, Taunton & Truro, and our extensive experience extends beyond the UK as well. We regularly collaborate with other firms abroad, including partner intellectual property law firms in the US, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

In those difficult situations where your rights are challenged or you need to take action against others, we’ve got the right people, who are highly experienced in complex disputes, to fight your corner.  We know when to be strong, challenging and even brave, depending on the scenario.  Our approach is to try and avoid your exposure to litigation as far as possible, addressing your challenge in the most cost effective and efficient way to get you results.

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Our team, led by renowned IP specialist Paul Cox, will understand what you are trying to achieve and then will advise on the best and most cost effective solutions to enable you to maximize the value and achieve your commercial objectives. Paul has also been admitted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Intellectual Property (South East).

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