The law surrounding intellectual property is highly complex and very few solicitors tackle it – or should I say tackle it properly. Therefore it’s critical that in protecting the intellectual property rights in your business, you avoid the dabblers and get the right lawyer on board to help. The following questions might help when you come to pick your IP lawyer;
- are they a specialist intellectual property lawyer – or are their intellectual property services merely a small part of a much wider range of commercial work- if they also deal with noncommercial work, and claim a huge range of skills, that should really ring the warning bells
- how long they been practicing intellectual property law?
- are they familiar with your area of technology? For example our IP Solicitor, Laura Trapnell, is particularly experienced in IP issues surrounding software companies
- does your lawyer draft licences and other intellectual property contracts?
- is there anyone else, apart from the individual lawyer you instruct, who will be working on your case? Whilst if you have a huge intellectual property litigation case, it’s definitely an advantage to have alarger legal team supporting you, some big-city firms take on IP work at partner level but then you find that a lot of the actual work is done by a more junior lawyer – and in the worst case scenario which we have sadly come across more than once, the senior lawyer charges, at partner rates, for supervising the juunior – effectively charging you twice for the same work