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Intellectual Property Protection

Intellectual Property Protection for Higher Education Institutions

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.

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Research and Development Opportunities

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.

Brand Protection - Your Name and Crest

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.

Copyright Protection

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.

Removal of Infringing or Abusive Online Material

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.

Legal Training for Students

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.

For more information on our intellectual property protection services for higher education institutions, please contact Doug Locke on 0117 314 5302.

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