This chapter deals with various forms of intellectual property. These include technical protection rights such as patents and trademarks, as well as designs. Patents law is additionally broken down into filing, advice and litigation, as well as licensing.
This chapter focuses on these law firms which are exclusively active in IP and those which have developed a clear focus in this field by forming practice groups. IP issues often play an important role in distribution and franchising, food law and pharmaceuticals. Firms’ expertise is dealt with in the media chapter because of the close links with the film and entertainment industry.