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. Our team of solicitors, barristers, trade mark attorneys and paralegals are qualified across a range of jurisdictions, spanning India, Italy, Canada, the Republic of Ireland and England and Wales. Together with our 18 offices in the United States and the trusted network of law firms and advisors 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’s skill set span a range of practice areas, encompassing trade marks, 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
- Social media
- Luxury goods
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 start-up incubators, including within the InsurTech sector, which are focused on solving practical problems for industry at large. Start-ups have a special place in our firm; we offer an ‘IP Healthcheck’ to all new start-up 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 start-ups within the fields of AI, cyber-security, the Internet of Things and dynamic building mapping.
Guiding You Through The Challenges
As a guiding principle, we aim to avoid litigation, principally by counselling 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, the High Court and Court of Appeal, the General Court of the European Union, as well as in the UKIPO and EUIPO. Whatever the challenge, we will meet it head-on to maximise the chances of a favourable 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 trade mark 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.
Our London IP team falls more broadly under Locke Lord’s renowned Tech Group, which has been established to enhance client experience by providing a full suite of legal services under one roof. Our Tech Group has a wealth of experience in a wide range of industry sectors, including AI, cyber security, software, data centres, cards and payments, digital currencies and blockchain. Therefore, we are also extremely well-placed to address and advise on related issues that may evolve from, or complement, your intellectual property rights.