There is widespread appreciation among higher education institutions (HEIs) of the value of intellectual property. We can advise you how best to protect your intellectual property rights and to avoid infringing the rights of others.
Research and development activities raise a wide range of intellectual property issues and opportunities. We can help you draft and review contracts, and advise how to protect the intellectual property rights created in the course of a research project. We can also advise you on the exploitation of research using spin-out companies.
The names and crests of HEIs can be extremely valuable. More substantial higher education institutions register these trade marks in the UK and internationally in order to protect them from misuse, and we frequently provide this registration service.
The rules surrounding the ownership and infringement of copyright are complex and sometimes counter-intuitive. Every day, HEIs create copyright works and use other people's copyright works. Our experienced lawyers can advise you on how to avoid the many pitfalls associated with copyright.
We frequently advise on copyright issues arising in relation to the internet. For example, how best to secure rights in your website, or how to remove infringing or abusive material from websites operated by third parties. Our intellectual property team is frequently instructed to advise HEIs on a wide spectrum of intellectual property issues, and are ideally placed to help you.
We can also provide workshops on business law to students who are interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise; training on the legal implications of collaborative research and other projects; and training on the duties of non-executive directors.
The team at VWV was professional, responsive and supportive in providing advice in a fast moving and cutting edge area of law. The level of resource made available was exceptional (while competitively priced) and the focus of all the team was unstintingly to support the University and protect its reputation.