Intellectual Property

  • Anton Piller Order

    This requires a defendant to allow a claimant’s solicitors to search the defendant's premises and remove all items covered by the order. These are now known as Search...
  • Coexistence Agreement

    Trademark coexistence describes a situation in which two different enterprises use a similar or identical trademark to market a product or service without necessarily interfering with each other’s...
  • Copyleft

    This term describes the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and modified versions of a work for others and requiring that the same freedoms be preserved in modified...
  • Copyright

    This protects material, such as literature, art, music, sound recordings, films and broadcasts from being copied without...
  • Design Right

    A free, automatic right which is bestowed on the creator following the creation of an original...
  • Due Dilligence

    An investigation undertaken to assess the strengths and weaknesses of an intellectual property...
  • EPO

    European Patent Office - the patent granting authority for...
  • Fair Dealing

    This term refers to a doctrine of limitations and exceptions to copyright - which allows limited copying without permission provided it is fair and the commercial interests of the rights holder are not...
  • Intellectual Property

    This refers to a product of creative or intellectual endeavour, including an innovation, design, trading style, artistic work or literary...
  • Intellectual Property Assets

    Business assets derived from intellectual property...
  • Intellectual Property Right

    A legal right to protect a form of intellectual property - such as a patent right, design right, trade mark right or...
  • Intfringement

    This refers to an unauthorised use of intellectual...
  • Invention

    This is a new device, method, or process developed from study and...
  • Letter of Consent

    A formal letter consenting to the use and/or registration of another party's trade...
  • Madrid Protocol

    The system which offers a trademark owner the possibility to have his trademark protected in several countries by simply filing one application directly with his own national or regional trademark...
  • Monopoly Right

    This refers to an Intellectual Property...
  • OHIM

    Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market - the trademark and industrial designs registry for the internal market of the European...
  • Passing Off

    This prevents one person from misrepresenting their goods or services as being the goods and services of another party where this is not actually the case This is when someone tries to sell their products using the name or trade mark of another...
  • Patent

    This is an exclusive right assigned to an inventor which protects their invention from being replicated, user or sold without their...
  • Patent Agent

    Someone who has the qualifications necessary for representing clients in obtaining patents and acting in all matters and procedures relating to patent...
  • Patent Application

    The process of finding out if an invention is actually...
  • Patent Attorney

    Someone who is fully qualified to act before the European Patent...
  • Public Domain

    Intellectual property which has no current "owner" is considered to be in the Public...
  • Registered Design

    This bestows a monopoly right for the look of a product, protecting both the shape and the pattern or...
  • Trade Mark

    These protect signs that can distinguish the goods and services of one trader from those of...
  • Trade Mark Attorney

    Someone who is qualified to act for the owners of trade mark and other intellectual property...
  • WIPO

    World Intellectual Property Organization - the body responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the...