Conflicting IP

Filing a patent, applying for a trademark registration or registering a design are all ways of protecting your IP - often your business’s most valuable assets.

However, registration itself is not always a simple business and one must still be mindful of other rights which may exist.  Preliminary searches can help to identify any potential conflicts, but it is possible for legitimate prior rights to exist which have not been registered.  Frequently things are not clear cut and so legal advice may be required in order to navigate around IP owned by others.