Intellectual Property and Licensing

Every business creates or uses IP. You have your brand name, logos and domain name. Maybe you have a brilliant design for your products or you generate great written material. You certainly have your own unique way of doing things which you hope will give you an edge. And these days you are certainly making use of other people’s IP: software, consultant’s work for you, things you found on the internet.

It is essential to protect your IP as this can be a major value asset in your business. You also want to ensure that no-one else can take unfair advantage of your brand position or your work and products, both in the UK and other countries where you trade or plan to trade. And you should ensure that you have the right to use any third party IP you need for your business. We will examine these issues closely with you to ensure you have the right protection in the right register in the right country.

The IP team at the ‘excellent, responsive and value for money’ Coffin Mew LLP is headed by Mark O’Halloran, who ‘responds quickly, is extremely knowledgeable and can quickly cut to the chase of any matter’. O’Halloran’s client base spans household name food services businesses, agile management consultancies and specialist retail installations. Other key team members are contentious IP expert Ian Dawes and recommended senior associate Rebecca West. Recent highlights include leading a negotiation on behalf of E-Crunch over brand rights and an amicable settlement, and defending voice and video communications specialist DV02 against invalidity proceedings brought by O2 Worldwide.

Legal 500, 2019

The team at Coffin Mew LLP is ‘effective in achieving results’. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Mark O’Halloran heads the practice.

Legal 500, 2017


We have worked with Mark since 2004 on enterprise-level software licensing, installation and support and have benefitted greatly from his common-sense approach and ability to devise innovative solutions. He brings us relevant and invaluable commercial experience, enthusiastically engages in brainstorming sessions with our whole team and always works to our deadlines to help us achieve the goals we set ourselves.

John Chartres, Managing Director, Specialist Data Solutions Ltd

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