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You’ve got a game-changing idea, a solution that will change the world, a challenger brand in the making. Protecting your ideas and maximising their value may not be top of mind for every business rapidly developing products and services, but it should be.

We’re here to help. Our friendly and experienced team of Intellectual Property (IP) specialists can protect your hard work, offering advice and guidance on the legal ownership of your intellectual property and options on how to safeguard it for the future.

From strategic planning to protect and maximise your ideas and assets, to advice on taking action when your IP is being infringed, our knowledgable team has the know-how to handle it.

And in a digital world where international boundaries and markets are complex, we can help you protect your IP internationally, commercialise it through licencing agreements, as well as offering a Trademarking and design registration support service.

Our particular specialism lies in advising on joint ventures with private sector partners and in the establishment and management of spin-outs developed from research in the university sector.

Whatever your needs, our friendly and professional team is here to help and advise, taking care of all the details, while you go out and change the world.

Our services
  • Academic publication issues
  • Brand Management and Protection
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Copyright Issues
  • Franchising
  • Infringement Disputes and Litigation
  • International IP
  • Media and Advertising
  • Patent and Technology Licences
  • Research and Development Agreements
  • Sale and purchase of IP rights
  • Social licensing
  • Technology Development Projects
  • Trade Mark and Design Registration Portfolio Service
  • University Spin-outs

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Bill Goodwin

Partner & Chartered Trade Mark Attorney| Head of IP/IT

+44 (0) 330 137 3440

+44 (0)789 448 0152

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Alex Shiel

Partner | IP/IT

+44 (0) 330 137 3438

+44 (0)772 535 3036

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What people say

  • Ultimately, we use legal professionals to help us navigate complexities and achieve commercially sensible results. Ward Hadaway simply do this extremely well. They highlight the options and aren’t afraid to make a recommendation, which is perhaps the most valuable to us as a client. The individuals are thorough and take a real interest in our business, which puts them in a much better position to advise actions that work in the context of our overall objectives.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Indepth knowledge of all legal issues, in particular with regards to data protection and GDPR makes them unique.

  • Ward Hadaway’s team is led by the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Alex Shiel.

    Legal 500
  • The team works closely with colleagues in the firm's Leeds and Manchester offices to provide a comprehensive service to its national client base.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Commercial adaptability, co-operative approach and polished business acumen throughout all levels, from assistant to partner.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Commercial adaptability, co-operative approach and polished business acumen throughout all levels, from assistant to partner.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Significant trade mark expertise, handling invalidity, opposition and infringement litigation.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Strong on brand protection and exploitation issues. Well versed in the full range of trade mark issues, with particular emphasis on defending clients in opposition proceedings.

    Chambers & Partners
  • High-quality advice on IP commercialisation and protection for clients ranging from emerging technology companies and university spin-outs to multinational corporations. Noted for expertise in all core IP rights.

    Chambers & Partners

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