Intellectual Property

A defined strategy for development, commercial exploitation and enforcement is critical for securing and extracting maximum returns from intellectual property assets.

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Our nationally recognised intellectual property experts give clear direction on contentious and non-contentious issues providing a 360° service in this fast moving area. 

Working nationally and internationally our IP Litigation team act quickly and decisively to minimise risk and loss to your business and to valuable IP assets in a multitude of scenarios including employee theft of IP and data, competitors gaining a springboard into your market through replication of your product or processes and reputational damages through misuse of brands or wrongful association with your business. 

Our commercial IP specialists take a proactive approach to managing and exploiting your brand and IP in all shapes and sizes from helping you to put your best foot forward when licensing or entering into development programmes or giving clear direction on sponsorship deals, brand protection and growth strategies to formalising the divestment of your IP or assisting to structure the way IP rights are managed within your business.  

We can advise on:

  • IP acquisition, exploitation and licensing (including copyright, trade marks, patents and designs).
  • Brand exploitation and sponsorship.
  • Collaboration and research & development agreements.

Our clients include Jaguar Cars, Tangle Teezer, Electronic Cigarette Industry Trade Association, Burtons Biscuits and Virgin Trains.

Our track record of working for some of the most creative companies in the UK marketplace speaks for itself. We are consistently acknowledged as leaders in this field.

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."

How we can help

We can help you go further with a range of products, training and sector expertise.

Some of our experts

Ed Meikle

Partner - Head of Retail Group

I advise on all aspects of intellectual property law, especially advising businesses in retail, food, sport and consumer products on the development, commercialisation and protection of their brands and technology.

Craig Chaplin

Partner - National Head of Commercial & Competition

I am a Partner and Head of the Commercial & Competition Team.

James Lonsdale


I am a Partner in the Commercial and Intellectual Property team, advising businesses on commercial agreements with a focus on outsourcing and IT projects.

John Benjamin


I am a Partner in the London office specialising in technology and privacy law. I have a broad ranging practice covering both the transactional and litigation fields. I am also highly experienced in negotiating complex commercial agreements and intellectual property related issues.

Catherine Harrison

Senior Associate

I am a Senior Associate at DWF, specialising in working for clients across the retail, food, education, oil and gas and technology sectors.