What is intellectual property?
The term intellectual property – or “IP” – generally refers to creations of the mind. These might include literary or artistic works, inventions, symbols, names and designs used in commerce. As one would expect, virtually all businesses will encounter intellectual property on a daily basis, yet it remains a mystery to many as it is a rapidly developing area of law.
As a niche commercial law firm, Ironmonger Curtis LLP advises business on commercial intellectual property and IT. We are one of the only law firms in the area that focuses purely on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and, we have a good understanding of the IP and IT issues which can affect businesses locally, nationally, and increasingly, internationally.
Clients who have benefited from our intellectual property and IT services include web developers, software developers, manufacturers and a whole raft of other organisations who didn’t perhaps initially realise they had intellectual property (or “IP”) rights.
Our reputation for down to earth and cost effective advice continues through to our intellectual property and IT solicitors. Despite being intellectual property and IT solicitors in Sheffield, we act for clients across the country.
Intellectual Property Law
- Trade Marks
- Design Rights
- Database Rights
- Trade Secrets
- Licences and Sales of IP
- Passing Off
- Dispute Resolution
IT law and contracts
“IT” is short for “Information Technology” and this generally refers to the use of computers and software to manage and make use of information. A number of industries generally fall under the term information technology, such as computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, internet, telecom equipment, e-commerce, and computer services. Specialist lawyers advise on It and in particular the contracts that govern such work.