Disputes with a company copying your products

Failure to correctly protect your commercial ideas, products, processes or even company name could mean losing your advantage to competitors.

How DAS Law can help you

Our experienced team of dispute resolution lawyers can provide you with practical legal advice and representation if you find your ideas, products or services being copied by a competitor.

These are some of the possible outcomes we can achieve for you:

  • Advise, manage, enforce and defend your intellectual property rights, for example trademark, copyright and design right infringement.
  • Provide you with practical advice should you be faced with a dispute against a competitor who has infringed your intellectual property rights.
  • Assist you in negotiating settlement with a competitor by means of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Pursue an action against competitors to recover damages and/or obtain an injunction to stop competitors from infringing your intellectual property rights.
  • Important things to consider

    • Intellectual property covers many forms of creative work including logos, corporate identity and ideas for new products or services.
    • Registering a trade mark or patent in the UK only offers protection within this country. To secure the same protection overseas you will have to apply for an international trade mark or patent.
    • Having the right type of intellectual property protection can help stop competitors from stealing or copying your ideas, names, products and designs, but even then you will need to act quickly.
    • Even if you do not have a registered trademark you may still be able to make a claim for “Passing Off” in certain circumstances. The same applies to Design Rights. Even if you have not registered a Design Right you may still be able to protect your designs, albeit to a lesser extent.

    How much will it cost?

    If you would like DAS Law to help you with your legal dispute, there are a number of ways to fund your legal costs.

    Legal expenses insurance (LEI)

    If you have a commercial insurance policy this may include LEI cover. If so, your legal costs may be covered by that policy, subject to its terms and conditions. If you are unsure if your insurance policy includes LEI cover, we will check this with you.

    Commercial LEI

    No legal expenses insurance

    Unfortunately we are unable to take on private instructions at the moment, and can only work with customers who have legal expenses insurance.

    What should I do next?

    If you have legal expenses insurance with DAS, please call us on the number listed in your policy.

    Alastair Greer

    Principal Associate, Solicitor

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    Anna Rogers

    Senior Associate, Solicitor

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