So how can you enforce that protection? At Renaissance, we'll not only help you, search for, and protect your trade mark, but we'll also provide you with a whole host of integrated services to help you make the most of the value in your brand.
Our dedicated group is focused on securing intellectual property rights both in the UK-EU and overseas on behalf of our clients. Designed to help you secure your intellectual property rights, our trade mark service ensures that whether you need somebody to take over the management of existing trade mark portfolios or you're just seeking advice to build an IP protection strategy around your brand or design of a product, our team has the expertise to help you get your intellectual property rights protected.
Trade marks are one of the key assets of your business, distinguishing it from others and forming an “attractive force which brings in custom". It is vital for any business that its brands are secured.
As experts in the field of trade mark law and litigation, we're able to advise strategic planning operations on a national and global basis for all IP assets, and to manage and monitor your IP portfolio to make it as cost-effective and beneficial as possible for your business. We understand that branding is a key part of any client's business and reputation, and with attorneys dedicating time to ensuring the impact of social and digital media on your brand we can work towards efficient IP and brand strategies from the moment we start working with you.
Our everyday work with a client's trade mark portfolio can include a range of tasks, and throughout the process we give clients access to their portfolio via a secure in-house system to ensure everything we do is transparent and clear for you. We manage coordinating foreign filing programs on your behalf, annual health checks on every portfolio to ensure that the potential for each trade mark is maximised, and also offer an on-going trade mark intelligence program to protect against attacks on vulnerable portfolios.
We also have International Partners in many jurisdictions including China, USA, SAARC countries, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) who can expertly assist in protection of Trademark matters for our clients. Through our many dedicated services we also offer services such as the handling of internet and domain name issues, as well as providing help and advice on copyright and registering and enforcing design rights.
When you have a product design, you want to make sure you can make use of it without worrying about potential conflicts and ensure that you can stop copiers and competitors taking advantage of your rights. We can support you in every step of the way, making sure your designs are protected and put to good use within your business.
Our design rights team is dedicated to helping you identify your rights, allowing you to maximise their value within your business and protect your intellectual property from being exploited. We'll also act as advisors for you as you develop your product further, with a team of industry experts on hand who can recognise existing designs and help you avoid infringement risks.
Renaissance trade mark teams specialise in protecting your product designs, co-ordinating international filing programs and reviewing your portfolio to find new and innovative ways that you can make use of your design.
When either defending or opposing a patent or trade mark right, we understand the commercial value of that right, and make preparation and detailed understanding of the facts a key priority. We can draw on our in-depth knowledge of the opposition system, strategic judgement and technical background, and work with you to achieve your goal.
Prior to launching an appeal, we will undertake a thorough investigation into the opposition or defence to evaluate the client’s position and discuss the client’s objectives, attitude to risk, the strategic direction the case should take, and the budget.
We also have extensive experience carrying out appeals to the United Kingdom Trade Mark Registry and through the Boards of Appeal before EUIPO. We also have the capability of filing appeals to the High Court and ultimately to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Not only can our trade marks team apply decades of legal experience in prosecuting and dealing with the oppositions and appeals, but also the high level of commercial acumen needed to handle these processes. Deciding whether to prosecute or defend an opposition or appeal, and how to manage the process, is not simply a matter of whether you will win or lose, but whether the likely outcome will fulfill your commercial aims.
Oppositions and appeals often lead to negotiations, helping to achieve your commercial aims. We are experienced in procedural matters and dedicated to achieving your aims in any negotiated settlement.
We provide specialized services to our clients in developing and responding to anti-counterfeiting of trademark and domain name enforcement strategies to traditional and non-traditional businesses concerns. Protecting intellectual property rights often requires the ability to move quickly to seize and impound counterfeit goods and to obtain injunctive relief against infringers.
We work closely with law enforcement agencies and through other associates in other territories to deal with counterfeiting, trademarks, parallel importation problems and unfair competition problems.
Formalities and Renewals
We have a skilled support team that enables our professionals to deliver the high levels of service our clients have come to expect, right from the filing of applications to the payment of renewal fees. This has involved the creation of cross-functional, multi-office, wide-experience teams that have developed personalised internal processes across the range of different services we provide in the application, prosecution, grant and renewal of our clients IP rights. We have designed our own in-house case and document management systems fully integrated with our processes.
What should I do now?
For initial advice, a quotation or to arrange a meeting with one of our conveyancing solicitors, please contact us on 020 8521 1100.