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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property refers to a creation of the mind; this may be an invention, artistic or literary work, symbols, words and images. These rights are protected by law and come in various different types, such as:

· copyright

· trade marks

· patents

· design rights

· database rights

Some rights must be registered in order to gain legal protection, such as patents. Others arise automatically without the need to register them, such as copyright. Others can be registered, but do not have to be, such as trade marks. Often registration of them is preferable anyway, as it usually offers advantages such as easier enforcement.

Here at GoodyBurrett LLP we understand the importance of an idea and protecting your rights. We want your ideas to thrive with no difficulties. Protecting your intellectual property makes it easier to take legal action against anyone who attempts to copy or steal it.

Stephen Avila is an acknowledged specialist in this field, having a Masters degree in Intellectual Property and 20 years’ experience in advising clients of all sizes on protecting and enforcing their intellectual property.

We can advise you on how best to protect your ideas and intellectual property. We also draft all manner of agreements regarding the assignment, transfer, sale and licensing of intellectual property rights, as well as non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) or confidentiality agreements. We can also advise on what clauses should appear in your employment contracts and contracts with free-lancers to ensure your rights are protected.

Stephen Avila

Solicitor, Head of Commercial Department, Colchester

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and prior to joining us to lead our commercial team in June 2018. Stephen is recognised by the Legal 500 and advises on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters with a strong focus on working with technology and digital focused businesses, business sales, investment rounds and joint ventures.

Email: [email protected]

“Stephen has a detailed and broad knowledge of commercial law. His practical advice enables him to develop long-term relationships as a trusted advisor to his clients” – Neil Smith, LB Group Accountants.”

Matters Related to Intellectual Property:

Depending on your circumstances you may need advice for various reasons such as:

If you would like more information on intellectual property

Please complete our contact us form at the top of this page, email [email protected] or feel free to call us on 01206 577676.