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          Intellectual Property Law & Licensing

          Protecting and capturing value from your technologies, brands, products, data and services is at the core of our society. Intangible assets are often regarded as the most valuable assets of a business.

          Our approach is commercial, innovative and strategically focused on creating, exploiting and enforcing your IP portfolio. We are recognised for our skill in putting together complex agreements, designed to prevent disputes and present opportunities for growth, as well as acting decisively and quickly in pursuing litigation relating to the infringement of IP. We advise companies on the steps that they should take to reduce the risk of litigation.

          We act for a wide range of IP-rich companies. We have specialists who focus on areas such as industrial manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, cutting-edge technologies, leisure, hospitality and food and drinks manufacturing.

          Whether you are looking to expand your reach by licensing your IP to a third party; generating new, or productising existing, innovations through R&D; targeting a new customer base through a strategic partnership or JV; entering into a new franchise; increasing the visibility of your brand through targeted sponsorship arrangements; raising finance against your IP, or looking to mitigate the copycat and infringement risks that have arisen as your brand has grown; we are on hand to help you protect and derive the most from your copyright, trademarks and designs, patents, databases, domain names and other forms of IP.

          Recent client quotes about the team, via the legal directories, include: 

          • "They have London-firm clout without London prices." 
          • "They are willing to go the extra mile to get the job done and they're focused in their approach to challenges." 
          • "Very impressive" 
          • Clients appreciate our ‘almost immediate response times' and advice which is ‘clear and commercially useful' and ‘frank and honest'
          • "The strongest quality of the team at DWF is the depth of knowledge: it has a thorough understanding of patents and patent law and is very communicative." 
          • "DWF take a particularly flexible approach to ensure that they are tailoring their services to the precise requirements of the client no matter what the issue." 

          Ed Meikle

          • Partner // Head of Retail Group

          Craig Chaplin

          • Partner // National Head of Commercial & Competition

          Catherine Harrison

          • Senior Associate

          Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton

          • Partner // Head of Oil & Gas

          Klaus Brisch, LL.M. (USA)

          • Partner // Certified Attorney in Information Technology // Global Head of Technology

          Marco Müller-ter Jung, LL.M. (Informationsrecht)

          • Partner // Certified Attorney in Information Technology
          Connected Services offers a range of stand-alone consultative services that complement our legal offering in each of our core sectors.