Intellectual Property

Our IP team handles a wide range of matters for clients ranging from start-ups and early-stage businesses to global brands. Every business uses and generates IP. For many businesses, IP assets are integral to their core product or service offering. The protection of these assets is crucial to the overall value of the business.

Our expertise covers all areas of IP law, and our experience extends to advising clients across a range of industries on how to protect, manage, exploit and enforce their IP rights from a legal, strategic and business perspective.

We specialise in brand protection, exploitation and enforcement (clearing new brands, filing and prosecuting trade mark applications (UK and International (Madrid)), dealing with trademark opposition and cancellation actions, and running brand policing and enforcement programmes); copyright, design rights and database rights; know-how and trade secrets; domain names; transfers and assignments of IP rights; IP-focused commercial agreements including licensing (including technology licensing), franchise and sponsorship agreements; and advising on the IP aspects of corporate and secured lending transactions.

Recent Experience

  • Investor clients: we act for a number of investor clients (including Balderton Capital, Accel Partners, Maven Capital Partners and Chiltern Capital) on the intellectual property aspects of their investments into technology and other companies.
  • Brand owners: we act as trademark counsel to brand owners across industry sectors (including The Fulham Shore (owner of The Real Greek and Franco Manca restaurants), Wishio (a recently launched fundraising platform), and ProtecX Medical), and advising on routine clearance, filing, prosecution and enforcement work, and general day-to-day management of trademark portfolios.
  • Start-Ups: we advise several start-up companies on the protection and enforcement of their intangible assets (in the face of limited funds).
"My experience with Marriott Harrison, in particular with Ms. Eesheta Shah and Mr. Alex Lee at the firm, has been nothing short of excellent.  They are responsive, thorough and practical in their advice.  As a result, we continually go back to them, knowing that we are working with a trusted partner for our U.S. clients who are seeking trademark protection in the UK."
Partner, Patent Law Works