1 Dec 2016 and 29 May 2017
For many years I have advised startups and other small businesses on intellectual property and technology law. I have drafted or reviewed their contracts with customers, suppliers and collaborators. I have represented them in negotiations and in the proceedings before the civil courts, the Intellectual Property Office and other tribunals.
Until 2004, anyone seeking my opinion or requiring my help had to instruct a solicitor or patent or trade mark attorney first. Now. for most matters, entrepreneurs and other business owners and managers can come to me directly and more and more of them do so. That does not mean that I am a substitute for solicitors or attorneys. If a client needs the services of another professional I will say so from the start. I will help him or her procure the services he or she requires on the best available terms.
Often difficulties have arisen that could have been avoided, or opportunities missed that could have been exploited, had the persons involved been made aware of the issue in advance. In this blog I discuss some of those issues and some of the countermeasures that can be taken to avoid the difficulties and exploit the opportunities.
If you want to discuss this topic further, call me on +44 (0)207 404 5252 or send me a message through my contact form.