Intellectual Property

Alpadis can assist in the registration and licensing of Intellectual Property (IP) such as trademarks, patents, designs and copyright in several jurisdictions.

In order to encourage and reward creativity and ingenuity, and to protect consumers against low-quality imitations, such creations of the mind are protected by most countries so that only their owners may use or license them.

We can also assist in the management of IP portfolios on behalf of owners, including the licensing of trademarks, patents and designs on our clients behalf.

Patents

A patent is the legal protection given to an invention. These can be new inventions but also new processes or products or even refinements to existing products and processes.

Alpadis can assist clients with the application or licensing of patents to ensure that the client has the exclusive right to benefit from the invention and prevent others from manufacturing, using or selling the patented products.

Trademarks

Trademarks are the distinctive words, symbols and shapes which identify goods and services. They may also be collective marks of quality such as the Wool logo or certification standards such as “ISO 9000”. Trademarks must be registered in order to prevent improper use of a brand by rivals and counterfeiters.

Alpadis can register trademarks on behalf of clients. When your trademark is registered it is easier for you to prove that rivals have been infringing that trademark and you may be able to claim damages for the harm done to your business by those infringements.

Copyright

Registered designs

The attractive design of a product is often essential to its appeal in the market place. Smartphones are good examples of products which have distinctive designs well recognized by consumers. It is very important to prevent others from copying the design of your products, and many countries offer such protection by registration.

Alpadis can assist clients to register their designs, so that they are protected against copying by competitors or counterfeiters.

Managing Intellectual Property Portfolios

In order to realize value from IP, a business will want to exploit it, either by manufacturing products itself or by licensing other businesses to manufacture their products, use their logos or designs or copy their artistic works.

Alpadis can assist clients by managing their IP portfolios, issuing licences, collecting royalties and helping to enforce license terms - to prevent parallel imports or passing off. Alpadis can also assists our clients with structuring the holding of IP rights in jurisdictions that are most beneficial for the client’s business needs.

We can also assist clients who hold IP licenses from others, to ensure that they have the licences that they need, in the jurisdictions which they operate.

 

For advice and guidance on all areas of intellectual property, please select your nearest Alpadis office:

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