Intellectual Property

IP International

Over 100 years of combined experience in resolving complex IP issues worldwide.

Meet the team

Our IP team in London and Brussels is uniquely positioned to leverage its extensive experience across a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions to provide cost-effective, strategic and practical counsel, whatever your IP needs. Together with our offices in the United States and the trusted network of law firms and advisers that we have curated over many years worldwide, Locke Lord is one of the few firms that can genuinely offer a truly global service. We are a trusted resource for clients looking for a 'one-stop' law firm with the ability to establish, maintain and enforce their rights worldwide. Our London team is presently managing IP issues on behalf of clients in over 70 jurisdictions.

Our Team

Our team of solicitors, barristers, trademark attorneys and paralegals are qualified across a range of jurisdictions, spanning the UK, EU, Ireland, Belgium, Italy and South Africa. Our team’s skill set spans a range of practice areas, encompassing trademarks, passing-off, copyright, designs, confidential information and domains. We provide insight where others cannot. Harnessing over 100 years of combined experience within the IP world, our team is skilled at imparting innovative, strategic and, above all, cost-effective advice that makes our clients’ lives easier. We protect our clients’ rights in a manner of ways, adapted to the specific financial and strategic objectives of each, but always with the same aim in mind: to achieve excellence in all that we do. A number of lawyers also have high-level in-house experience at multinational corporations, complementing our experience in the corresponding sectors and ensuring that our advice remains commercially focused.

We have particular capabilities in the following sectors:

  • Consumer technology
  • Computer software
  • Streaming platforms
  • Payment processing
  • AI
  • Social media
  • Luxury goods
  • Creative industries
  • Retail & leisure
  • Media & entertainment
  • Advertising & marketing

Our Clients

Our clients span a broad range of sectors, from multinational tech titans and social media platforms to household names in the luxury goods sector, with the odd knight of the realm and literary legend in between. We also collaborate with various startup incubators, including within the InsurTech sector, which are focused on solving practical problems for industry at large. Startups have a special place in our Firm; we offer an ‘IP Healthcheck’ to all new startup clients, identifying assets central to their businesses and providing a fully-costed plan to protect and enforce those rights in the years to come. We have recently supported startups within the fields of AI, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things and dynamic building mapping.

Guiding You Through the Challenges

As a guiding principle, we aim to avoid litigation, principally by counseling clients strategically to ensure that risks are identified and mitigated in advance. However, when the worst happens, we are on hand to support you through the process and will fiercely defend your rights to protect the value of your brand and intellectual property more generally. We have recently assisted clients before the:

  • Intellectual Property Enterprise Court
  • High Court and Court of Appeal
  • General Court of the European Union

Whatever the challenge, we will meet it head-on to maximize the chances of a favorable and cost-effective outcome.

Our practice evolves with the ever-changing legal sector, and we constantly seek to embrace technology to enhance our services and better support our clients’ needs. We are exploring the possibility of combining AI and machine learning with our trademark watch and searching services, with the aim of providing an automated, ‘smart’, 24-hour WatchKeeper platform, which remains vigilant at all times, thereby allowing you to spend more time focused on your business.

The Legal 500

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