In the modern era intellectual property (or IP) often forms some of the most valuable assets a business owns.

IP can take many forms, from the patent portfolio of a research and development company to the logos and branding of a retail chain. Whatever the IP of your business the fundamental concerns remain the same; how do you protect it and how do you commercialise it?

At Barrett and Co our Solicitors can provide you with advice on:

IP licencing agreements

Maximising the return on IP investment is critical, whether you are looking to licence domestically or internationally we can create agreements to commercialise and protect your IP.

IP negotiation and dispute resolution

Business relationships change over time and often cracks appear. Our solicitors have the expertise to renegotiate existing agreements and clarify misunderstanding leading to productive relationships for years to come. We have considerable experience utilising Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods such as mediation and always seek to use these where appropriate.

Defending claims

In recent years pioneering companies have become targets for Non-practising Entities (NPE’s) who operate by buying up the IP of insolvent or failing companies in order to launch speculative infringement actions against trading businesses to claim damages or secure licencing arrangements. We can act to defend businesses from such opportunistic actions.

Purchase and disposal of IP assets

The purchase of any intangible asset is often a mixture of opportunity and uncertainty, but you can be certain that we will use our expertise to guide you through the process, and to create agreements you can have confidence in.

IP infringement actions

Should you need to take action to protect your valuable IP we will explain the available options and rigorously pursue your chosen course to completion.

Registration and protection of IP assets

Ensuring your Trademarks are properly registered is the most cost effective way to protect them; we can review your portfolio to ensure it meets your business need and make any necessary new registrations. Where a business has or is thinking of commissioning work such as a website, software or creative designs we can draft or review agreements to ensure the IP rights transfer to you. The recent case of the drinks company Innocent losing the right to use its ‘Halo’ trademark is a timely reminder of what can happen if these issues are overlooked.

Get in Touch

Our company and commercial team is headed by Martin Reynolds an experienced commercial solicitor who regularly advises on a broad range of property and commercial matters including business sales and acquisitions, commercial property and high value residential transactions. To contact Martin and his team; call 0118 958 9711 or email [email protected].

  • review rating 5  Great service and brilliant advice, value for money. Justin Sadler help me with employment law issues. Justin was very supportive and really help me understand a difficult situation. I would highly recommend him & Barrett & Co.

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  • review rating 5  I would definitely recommend Charlotte (I was getting a document witnessed). She was polite, professional and very efficient. Would use again.

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  • review rating 5  I had a general conveyancing query and needed a second opinion. The response was so quick and the reply was really informative with a surprising amount of detail, but delivered in plain English (no legal jargon) that even I could understand. If I could start this whole buying and selling process again I’d have gone with Barrett and Co rather than the solicitors I’ve gone with.

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    6/11/2019
  • review rating 5  Thank you Charlotte for the help and advice you gave us. The work was carried out quickly and efficiently and our meetings with you were a pleasure. I would certainly suggest Barrett and Co if asked for a recommendation.

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    6/05/2019
  • review rating 5  Barrett and Co has been our family solicitors for over 20 years for various legal matters, including, immigration, purchasing properties, tenancy disputes, wills and recently employment related matters. This includes our extended family too. We would without any hesitation recommend Barrett and Co and in particular, Justin Sadler and his team for legal matters. Very helpful team of solicitors, knowledgable, friendly and understanding. On every occasion, from the initial contact to the resolution, it’s always a pleasure to work with them and no complaints at all. Easy to contact, updates where needed and the charges are well explained and reasonable too. Even though we live in Ascot, we find it easy to do most of the paperwork remotely and only visit the branch when it’s absolutely necessary. Thanks again and a very happy client.

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  • review rating 5  I would definitely recommend Barrett and co-solicitors to anyone! I recently engaged Charlotte Fox to get a will put together and I must say that Charlotte made it an fast, effortless and painless process for me.. pricing was very competitive and I received regular communication and some great advice from her that ensured the will represented exactly what I needed. I have used other solicitors in Caversham in the past and I must say my experience with Barrett and co has been the best by far.

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  • review rating 5  I found these solicitors very helpful in drawing up my will. First class service and a pleasure to deal with.

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    5/03/2019
  • review rating 5  Not having spoken with Solicitors for many years we viewed our visit to Barrett and Co. with some trepidation but were completely put as ease by both Charlotte's with the advice and understanding given by them when requiring advice on changing our Wills and other associated matters. These matters were discussed thoroughly with ourselves throughout and completed very promptly. We would certainly recommend their services and have no hesitation in using them again, should the need arise.

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