Intellectual Property

The infringement of Intellectual Property (IP) rights by the unauthorised actions of a third party can cause considerable harm to an individual or company alike.

Infringement may arise in various ways, including: the infringement of Copyright, by the unauthorised copying an image or text; or the infringement of a trade mark by the imitation of a brand’s logo.

When an infringement is discovered, we are able to provide robust commercial and legal advice as to the remedies that may be available to: stop any ongoing infringement; prevent future infringement and seek financial compensation for any loss suffered to date.

Child & Child’s lawyers have acted in IP cases for a wide range of clients, including start-ups; SMEs; FTSE 250 and AIM listed companies; private and high-profile individuals in the media.

Our experienced lawyers have represented clients in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the High Court, County Courts and at I-CANN under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (domain name disputes and cybersquatting claims).

With established links to patent and trade mark attorneys across the globe, Child & Child is able to offer a comprehensive IP advice service to individuals and businesses operating both in the UK and abroad.

We have expertise advising in many areas, including the protection of:

  • Copyright and Moral Rights
  • Software code (Copyright)
  • Trade Marks and Passing-Off
  • Registered Designs and Design Right
  • Patents
  • Database Rights

Recent cases in which Child & Child’s lawyers have acted:

  • Advising a specialist technology company in a claim for international infringement of Registered Designs and Design Right.
  • Acting for an international movie production company in Passing-Off proceedings.
  • Successfully defending a UK company in a Trade Mark and breach of contract claim made by a leading US fashion brand.
  • Advising a London based, internationally funded, technology start-up in respect of its IP rights in the dissolution of a 'blockchain' technology platform venture.
  • Recovery of a domain name taken by cybersquatters demanding a ransom for its return
  • Acting for a software company against a leading US bank in a Copyright and Database Rights infringement claim concerning the creation of complex financial analytical software.