What we do: IP dispute resolution solicitors
Your intellectual property is an important asset for your business and you should take the necessary steps to protect, enforce and uphold your rights.
Resolving Intellectual Property Disputes
Intellectual property disputes must be handled by a specialist intellectual property dispute lawyer supported by commercial litigation colleagues. This is because:
- IP dispute law is injunction-based law. A deep knowledge of the procedures and prospects for getting a final injunction is needed from the drafting of the first letter to the negotiaton of final settlement.
- IP disputes are handled in separate courts whose rules and expectations have little in common with those of other courts.
- IP disputes often involve associated contractual disputes and specialist applications requiring the input of commercial litigation colleagues into the team.
Our solicitors always aim to resolve intellectual property disputes quickly and cost-effectively for our clients, using methods of alternative dispute resolution where available to resolve issues out of court.
Our lawyers advise on all forms of dispute resolution, including:
- Negotiated settlement without the issue of formal proceedings
- Negotiated settlement after formal proceedings have started
- Arbitration and mediation, including online domain name dispute resolution processes
- Court proceedings
IP Dispute Litigation Solicitors
Our intellectual property solicitors have also represented clients at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) in London to resolve IP disputes. We also have experience in managing IP disputes for clients in different jurisdictions around the world.
Free Legal Guides and IP FAQs in our Advice Centre
The Intellectual Property section of our Advice Centre houses a wealth of guides, advice and FAQs about IP, from general overviews to the specifics. Read some of our most popular IP advice content here:
- Intellectual Property FAQs
- Patents FAQs
- Trade Marks FAQs
- Copyright FAQs
- Utility Model FAQs
- Brexit and Your Trade Marks: What To Expect
Watch our video of Lindsay Gledhill sharing top tips on what to do if your business is accused of copyright infringement:
Who we help: Intellectual property dispute resolution for large companies, small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs
Our IP dispute solicitors can help you whether you’re defending your own IP from infringement, or whether you are being accused of infringement – whatever size or type of business you are. We specialise in IP dispute resolution for niche technology companies, such as Aeristech.
For example, if you’re worried about infringement or want to check the competition either pre- or post-application for forms of IP protection, we can search other people’s:
- Registered designs
- Trade marks
You should be careful not to infringe anyone else’s IP rights. Our intellectual property solicitors can advise you what to do in the event of this.
Examples of our work
New £5K Intellectual Property funding for SMEs as Government shows commitment to innovation
3 September 2021
In July, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng announced the government’s innovation strategy, which includes support for UK companies to develop and grow their intellectual property strategy. …
Protecting leading beauty brand Blow Ltd’s trade mark in Europe
26 October 2020
Harper James Solicitors has helped one of the UK’s leading beauty firms win a trade mark dispute which had the potential to unfairly damage its …
How we helped Tummy2Mummy win an abusive registration dispute
8 September 2020
Healthcare firm Tummy2Mummy has thanked Harper James Solicitors for our support in resolving an IP dispute. Run by midwife and sonographer Donna Grant, Tummy2Mummy carry …
Why choose our IP dispute lawyers?
Our intellectual property dispute solicitors have many years experience in resolving disputes constructively. They’ve all worked at Top 100 city firms, or inhouse at large organisations. Find out more about our IP dispute solicitors:
Intellectual Property Solicitor
Amanda joined the firm in 2016 and has over ten years of experience in providing commercial and intellectual property services for clients.View profile
IP, Commercial & Technology Associate Solicitor
Ed joins our commercial team and specialises in IT, IP and general technology related contracts, but can also advise on a range of commercial matters.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Intellectual Property Partner
Having previously worked at top 50 firm, Walker Morris, Lindsay specialises in IP strategy, dispute resolution and IP exploitation.View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £125 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Our longstanding relationship has enabled us to get deals over the line quickly and efficiently, with minimum fuss or kickback from opposing lawyers representing the companies we’re investing in. I find the legal team at Harper James efficient, smart and personable. Speed is of the essence for early stage investing and Harper James recognises this and acts accordingly.
Kieran Hill, COO
The team at Harper James have demonstrated time and again that they have a deep understanding of the issues facing entrepreneurial businesses and their funding.
Charles Smith, Director
We rely on Harper James to provide us with support across a full range of service areas, from commercial contracts and employment issues to fundraisings and investments. The team at Harper James are always available to provide us with cost effective, pragmatic and commercially focused advice.
Nick Holzherr, CEO
Friendly, competent lawyers
Deron Beal, Executive Director
Commitment, value for money, a handle on expenses
Yolanda Elena May, Co-Founder
It was difficult to find suitable support for my IP problem and such a relief to find Harper James Solicitors. Lindsay was fantastic at guiding me through the process and I couldn’t have been happier with the result.
Mariani Robinson, Founder