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Intellectual Property

For many organisations, their intellectual property is one of their most valuable assets, increasing the amount they are able to charge for their goods and services and placing them above their competitors. After spending considerable time and money in growing your name and business, it is only logical that you want to protect your brand, designs, inventions and other intellectual property rights.

The more that you do to protect your intellectual property, the more valuable it becomes (making it a greater asset for you and any potential investors, partners and/or anyone looking to buy your business in the future). It also offers you the comfort of knowing that you can enforce these rights against anyone looking to use your intellectual property without your permission.

We can help you to maintain and protect your intellectual property portfolio (including your trade marks, designs, patents and copyright). We are able to identify the rights that you have, whether and how you can register or otherwise protect these rights, and how you can exploit your intellectual property through licensing it to others in the UK, EU and further afield.

Trade secrets and confidential information are also intrinsically linked to intellectual property. Laceys are experts in drafting non-disclosure agreements and advising on the protection of such information to help ensure that it stays secure and confidential.

We are also able to assist where others are using your intellectual property without your consent, setting out your remedies and options to you in order that you can make an informed decision about how to deal with these third parties. On the other side, we are able to help businesses in respect of any claim that they have infringed the intellectual property rights of another organisation.

For any further advice on Intellectual Property please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.

Laceys are recognised in the Legal 500, an independent guide to leading law firms in the UK, for their Intellectual Property expertise.

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Charlotte Mitchell

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

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Charlotte Mitchell

Charlotte is an associate in our Commercial team. Having gained experience working both in private practice and as an In-House Solicitor for a FTSE 100 Plc, an AIM listed national IT company and a global engineering company, Charlotte has a wealth of knowledge within IT, Supply of Goods and Services, Intellectual Property, Engineering, Telecoms and Privacy/Data Protection. Although a Commercial lawyer, she is also qualified as a Commercial Litigator and Non Practising Barrister, providing her with the unique advantage of knowing where contracts go wrong, and the ability to evaluate risk and advise accordingly.

Charlotte particularly enjoys working with businesses to help draw up, update and/or negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts and agreements. Examples of the type of work and contracts which Charlotte advises upon are agency and distribution agreements, terms and conditions of business, website use, sale and supply of goods and services and Data Sharing Agreements. Charlotte also has experience of working with companies to help support and strengthen their compliance functions.

Away for work, Charlotte loves being outside whenever possible. Her favourite past times are tennis, running, walking, windsurfing and horse riding.

Brendan Herbert

Partner — Dispute Resolution

Direct dial: 01202 755201
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“Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

Brendan has a BSc in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and went on to obtain his Post Graduate Diploma in Law, and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (now the University of Law), in Chester.  Brendan completed his training with a national firm in Manchester and London, and was admitted as a solicitor in 2005.

Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost-effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

When he is not knee-deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

To find out more about Brendan being described in the 2019 Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ and what this means to him here;

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