Media & intellectual property

We advise on a variety of matters within the world of media and intellectual property, advising a wide and diverse client base in all areas of the creative industry, as well as an ever increasing client base in the industrial and renewable energy world. We have long-standing clients in traditional information technology, and clients in developing technology areas such as mobile apps. Instructions come from internationally renowned names as well as local clients.

Our expertise and experience in these areas stem from Charles’ many years working for law firms in London.

  • Confidentiality
  • Copyright & passing off
  • Designs - registered or unregistered
  • Trade mark matters
  • Registration, creation and defence of IP
  • Assignment and transfer of IP
  • Information technology and databases
  • Media & recording contracts
  • Publishing & merchandising rights

Examples of work carried out

1 We advised the owner of a well-known TV character who was recently revived. The transaction involved many complex rights issues when purchasing the intellectual property from the previous owners, especially as the IP was owned by many different natural and corporate entities who were all seeking to protect their own interests. The transaction was completed on time, and to budget, with a very satisfied new owner.

“Our expertise in this area allows us to explain, in a common sense and straightforward manner, the status of existing IP and the creation and protection of new.”

2 We frequently obtain instructions from an internationally renowned designer for various intellectual property matters – the most recent being in relation to licensing and merchandising agreements. We negotiated and drafted three separate licensing and merchandising agreements for our client with major household name retailers.

3 We often receive enquiries and instruction to clarify and generally advise on the status of the intellectual property in and to an item, or photographs, databases and websites etc. Our expertise in this area allows us to explain, in a common sense and straightforward manner, the status of existing IP and the creation and protection of new. We are fully prepared, willing and able to pursue or defend a client's intellectual property. One example was the protection of our client's rights when his former publisher elected to produce, publish and distribute an unauthorised edition of a copyrighted work. We obtained a significant settlement sum and a formal undertaking to withdraw all copies, and not to repeat their actions.