Intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) can be your most valuable possession, but it is vulnerable – to theft, duplication and exploitation of ideas, inventions and innovations. We can help you navigate this complex area of law, working with you to ensure the value of your IP is maximised and your interests are protected across the world.

Key Contacts

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Graeme Fearon

Graeme Fearon


Megan Jefferies

Megan Jefferies


Protecting and promoting your intellectual property

Our specialist lawyers have the in-depth experience necessary to help you best exploit and protect your intellectual property.

We can make things simple by helping you understand what you are entitled to and how to protect your work. We take time to understand your business and commercial objectives, becoming a trusted extension of your team.

We protect your IP through registration, licensing and sales – both nationally and internationally – and have a robust and highly strategic Litigation Team to support you in disputes. Providing commercially focused advice, we can help you solve problems, generate opportunities and minimise risk to ensure your IP becomes your greatest strength.


Our Commercial Team has been involved in a number of high-profile claims and cases. Highlights include:

  • acting for a national estate agent resulting in a third party agreeing to cease entirely its infringement of UK and EU registered trade marks
  • handling an ongoing dispute for a well-known south of England-based house builder involving a High Court claim against another house builder for breach of copyright in property designs
  • defending an opposition to our client’s trade mark brought by Easygroup plc
  • successfully resolving trade mark opposition and invalidity proceedings on behalf of our client in the hi-tech electronics sector

  • advising a national insurance company on protecting its confidential information and retrieving files from a former employee
  • advising an engineering firm on patent protection and licensing arrangements with a multinational distributor
  • defending an online retailer against allegations of EU design right infringement
  • managing international trade mark portfolios on behalf of several clients including ‘freedom to use’ searches, applications, oppositions and appeals in the UK, EU, US, China and Australia


Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • company name clearance
  • confidential information
  • copyright
  • Data protection
  • database rights
  • designs
  • domain name queries
  • enforcement
  • exploitation
  • Franchises
  • freedom of information
  • goodwill

  • intellectual property disputes
  • IP aspects of sales and acquisitions
  • IP due diligence
  • IPR audits
  • licensing
  • maintenance of IPR
  • passing off
  • patents
  • registration of rights
  • software
  • Trade marks
  • valuation

Case Studies

Thrings IP team provided copyright and intellectual property advice to the principal of a school where previously forgotten poems by author JRR Tolkien were rediscovered.

Many thanks for the professional support you have contributed! You have been efficient, clear and fast, your letters to the other party have been powerful and to the point, and it has been a pleasure working with you!

Agneta Rising, Director General of World Nuclear Association


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