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Intellectual property (IP) can be one of the most important assets your business has. Getting the right advice at the right time is vital to make sure your IP assets are identified and protected, and that they remain protected. Our specialist team provide commercially sound, practical advice to help identify, develop, protect, manage and exploit intellectual property.

We offer intellectual property audits and advice on portfolio management to assist you in assessing your risks and assets, and advice on how to make the most of these.

Our clients range from individuals and SMEs through to larger national and international organisations from across the private sector, public sector and third sector. We have particular experience in the media and technology sectors.

Our specialist services

Our expertise includes:

  • protecting rights
  • trademarks
  • acquisition of and exploitation of rights; licensing
  • protection of trade secrets and breach of confidence
  • copyright infringement
  • data share
  • supply and purchasing
  • patent disputes
  • registered and unregistered design rights
  • passing off and media
  • technology disputes

Key contact

Richard Locke


Richard is a Partner and an elected partner on the firm’s board of management.  He is also Group Head of the ever expanding dispute resolution team at Hugh James. He conducts major commercial disputes frequently with an international flavour including commercial claims, mining disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious IT disputes, injunctive relief and insolvency.

We receive a very rapid response, as well as clear advice that balances legal and commercial risks.

The Legal 500

Intellectual property audit

We work with a range of clients, but if you’re an SME there is tailored support which may be available for you. It simply isn’t feasible to dedicate the time to become experts in IP. Fortunately, there is help available. The IPO will fund an IP audit for SMEs from a qualified professional of your choice which will cover all aspects of formal and informal IP.

The audit process is intended to address real needs and will allow your business to implement a sound IP policy at the centre of your business.

IP is a specialist area, and you need to be sure that any solicitors you instruct are knowledgeable and experienced in this field. We have a wealth of experience in this area. Our professional team have performed a number of IP audits for SMEs involved in this scheme.

Feedback from the IPO shows that over 90% of businesses receiving an IP audit found them useful and relevant when developing an IP strategy or management plan.

Why use us?

Our Intellectual Property team is ranked in the Legal 500 directories. Our Media and Entertainment and Litigation teams are also top-ranked in Wales in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. Several of our individual lawyers within the team are also ranked in their specialist practice areas.

Our team has extensive experience in the gaming, sport, Fintech, defence, rail and manufacturing sectors. The partners within our team are key creators of IP, and include the University of South Wales, Tramshed Tech and Alacrity Foundation.

Having a strong track record in protecting rights, trademarks, acquisition of and exploitation of rights, licensing, protection of trade secrets and breach of confidence, copyright infringement, data share, supply and purchasing, patent disputes, registered and unregistered design rights, passing off and media and technology disputes.

Our approach as a firm is to ensure we are ‘partner-led’ on our complex areas of work, while delivering value for money on more straightforward matters. Our approach ensures that you will always receive advice of the highest calibre, given in the context of a thorough understanding of your commercial objectives.

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