How to Protect your IP

As a general rule, it’s up to you to detect any infringements of your IP and take the necessary action through the civil courts.

However, in some circumstances, infringement may constitute a criminal offence, such as making counterfeit copies.  In such cases trading standards may become involved and criminal sanctions applied.

In many cases, drawing an infringer’s attention to the rightful ownership of IP is enough to prevent further infringement taking place. However, if this does not work, there are a number of dispute resolution processes which can be utilised and often less contentious methods may be appropriate.  However, where urgent action is required, injunctions may be necessary to prevent further damage from taking place.  IP cases can involve complex issues and so it is essential to seek legal advice before taking any action.