Intellectual property

Public sector information

GOV.UK provides extensive information on Patents, trademarks, copyright and designs, including a structured set of topic pages on Intellectual property.

The Intellectual Property Office provides information on patents, trade marks, copyright and designs and also provides an overview of intellectual property, designed for members of the public as well as patent experts.

Information from private firms

Azrights, solicitors of Islington Green, London, run by well known intellectual property lawyer Shireen Smith, provide information on Intellectual Property and Internet law including patent registration and licensing together with an itneresting blog on current topics. They also have a special site on trademarks with extensive free information and you can also submit a question for a (free) initial reply.

Forde Campbell of Belfast is a specialist commercial, technology, IP and media law practice advising on Northern Irish, English and EU law. They provide information on trademark registration, design registration, international protection and application costs and also provide a special site http://www.trademarkdesignprotection.com.

Maucher Jenkins has built a highly successful Intellectual Property practice, with offices in London, Farnham, Beijing, Freiburg, Munich and Basel. There is an impressive set of resources on their site with UK, European and International material.

London IP is a firm of UK and European patent attorneys and trademark attorneys providing patent application, trademark registration and design registration services in the UK, EU and internationally. The site contains free information on all these topics and they offer a free initial consultation on any intellectual property matter.

Mewburn Ellis LLP is one of the UK’s largest firms of Chartered Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorneys, European Trade Mark Attorneys and European Design Attorneys. They cover the full range of intellectual property issues: Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, Industrial Copyright and related matters. There is “basic” information in the site as well as detailed practice sheets for those already knowledgeable here.

N.J.Akers & Co. – Truro, Cornwall, Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, provide a straight forward explanation of the various forms of protection available related to patents, trademarks and copyright & design rights.

OUT-LAW from solicitors Pinsent Masons, provides a large amount of free legal news and guidance, mostly on IT and e-commerce, and including patents and intellectual property issues, with many new items posted every day. There are also a large number of quite detailed “Guides” on technology and laws for the technology sector.

Silverman Sherliker LLP offer a specialised site uktrademarkregistration.com with information on trade marks and registration.

Tomkins, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys based in Dublin, provide a useful introduction to patents, trade marks and design in Ireland.

Williams Powell, British and European patent and trade mark attorneys based in London, provide lots of information on patents, trade marks and intellectual property.