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Intellectual Property Solicitors in Bournemouth

Intellectual property (IP) provides businesses and creators with exclusive control and protection for their creations or inventions, allowing them to benefit from their work and prevent others from using it without permission.

Whether you need assistance registering intellectual property rights and licensing or are suffering from intellectual property violation, it’s highly encouraged to seek the advice and support of a solicitor.

Our intellectual property solicitors at Preston Redman have extensive expertise in assisting clients of all backgrounds, including individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses in Dorset.

How our intellectual property solicitors can help you

Making provisions for intellectual property is crucial for your business’s future, and our solicitors can ensure your rights are protected.

Our intellectual property solicitors in Bournemouth can provide assistance in areas, including:

  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • Patents
  • Trade marks

Get in touch with our intellectual property solicitors in Bournemouth

For more information about how we can assist with your legal needs, please take a look at our services or contact our Bournemouth office. We look forward to working with you.

Our intellectual property law services


Copyright is a legal protection that grants exclusive rights to creators of original works, such as literature, music, films, and art. It provides creators with control over their work's reproduction, distribution, adaptation, and performance. Copyright exists automatically upon creation and generally lasts for the creator's lifetime plus 70 years.

Our intellectual property solicitors in Bournemouth specialise in assisting individuals and businesses with copyright matters. We provide tailored legal advice, help register copyrights, draft licensing agreements, enforce rights, and represent clients in copyright infringement cases.

Our expertise ensures proper protection, defence, and exploitation of copyrighted works in accordance with copyright laws.


Designs refer to the visual appearance of a product or its features. They can include shape, configuration, pattern, ornamentation, or any combination of these.

Registered designs offer legal protection, granting exclusive rights to the owner and preventing unauthorised copying or imitation of the design for a specific period.

Our Intellectual property solicitors in Bournemouth can assist individuals and businesses with design-related matters. We provide legal guidance, assist in registering designs, handle infringement cases, negotiate licensing agreements, and protect clients' design rights. Our expertise ensures compliance with design laws and effective protection of valuable design assets.


Patents are exclusive rights granted to inventors, providing protection for their inventions. A patent gives the inventor the right to prevent others from making, using, or selling their invention without permission. It encourages innovation by granting a monopoly for a limited time and requires a rigorous application process to demonstrate the invention's novelty.

Our intellectual property solicitors in Bournemouth offer valuable assistance in navigating the complexities of patents. We provide legal counsel, help with patent application drafting and filing, conduct patent searches, handle infringement cases, and advise on patent licensing and commercialisation. Our expertise ensures proper protection and enforcement of patent rights in accordance with patent laws.

Trade marks

Trade marks are legally protected symbols, logos, names, or phrases that distinguish goods or services of one business from others. They provide exclusive rights to the owner, preventing unauthorised use by competitors. Registered with the Intellectual Property Office, trade marks safeguard brand identity, foster consumer trust, and promote business recognition in the market.

Our intellectual property solicitors in Bournemouth assist with trade marks by providing legal expertise and guidance. We help with trade mark searches, registration applications, and enforcement of rights. Our solicitors advise on trade mark infringement issues, negotiate settlements, and represent clients in legal proceedings. Our specialised knowledge ensures proper protection and maximises the value of trade marks.

Frequently asked questions about Intellectual property

What is intellectual property infringement?

Under intellectual property law in the UK, infringing intellectual property refers to an instance of an entity stealing and using another businesses or individual’s IP.  

Examples of intellectual property infringement include:

  • Where someone uses your patented product
  • Where someone uses an identical trade mark to the one you have registered

What is the most common violation of intellectual property?

Examples of some of the common intellectual property violations include:

  • Inadequate trade mark searches – using the same or similar trade mark
  • Importing infringed products
  • Trade secrets disclosures
  • IP infringement on websites and social media
  • Copyright violations

What is an intellectual property lawyer?

An intellectual property lawyer can work closely with businesses to protect their intellectual property, from domain names through to patents. This includes acquiring intellectual property rights, protecting those rights and more.

How to report claims of intellectual property infringement?

If you believe your IP has been infringed and the claim is valued under £10,000, you can apply to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) under the small claims track.

For any claim worth more than £10,000 but under £500,000 you can apply directly to the IPEC. For claims valued at more than £500,000, you will need to use the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales.

No matter the circumstances of your claim or the value, having the assistance of intellectual property rights solicitors is essential for the best chance of success.

Why choose Preston Redman for intellectual property law?

Expertise in intellectual property law

Preston Redman is recognised as one of the leading law firms in Dorset, specialising in providing legal services to both companies and individuals.

The firm has over 140 years of experience in advising clients locally in Bournemouth, Poole and across Dorset, as well as throughout the UK and overseas.

Strong commercial focus

We have invested in great people and resources and this, combined with our wealth of experience, means that we are able to offer technical expertise to deliver the most effective legal solutions for you and your business.

Personal service every step of the way

Our core values are, and remain focused on, building and maintaining strong and positive relationships with new and existing clients, and with our colleagues, and we consider our way of working to be both professional and approachable.

Our intellectual property fees

Our fair pricing policy means that you know from the outset what our legal services will cost.

We provide a clear itemised estimate, enabling you to see a breakdown of the work we will undertake and the associated charges. If additional work is required, we will always let you know in advance, so there are no unexpected costs.

Our partners are always happy to discuss fees on an individual basis with clients.

Get in touch with our intellectual property solicitors in Bournemouth

For more information about how we can assist with your legal needs, please take a look at our services or contact our Bournemouth office. We look forward to working with you.