IP Attorney, IP Lawyer or IP Solicitor?
Who should you speak to first – an IP Attorney or IP Lawyer or Solicitor?
The right IP advice is crucial to your business
When taking your first foray into the wonderful world of patents, design protection and trade marks, it is important to get in touch with an IP Attorney for IP advice.
IP Attorney or IP Lawyer/Solicitor – what’s the difference?
It’s worth noting that there is a difference between Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and IP Solicitors although they often work closely together.
In short, a Patent or Trade Mark Attorney specialises in obtaining IP rights for Clients, whereas IP Solicitors typically specialise in in-depth litigation or licencing issues related to IP rights. Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys can also help provide certainty that any new products or brands don’t infringe on the IP rights of others. They’ll work with you to protect your innovations, allowing you to monetise them more effectively.
So it’s really important that you check your IP advisors are actually qualified Intellectual Property Attorneys, as this will save you both time and money in developing the most effective IP strategy for your new invention, technology or brand.
A good place to start
Most specialist IP firms will offer some initial advice for free, we certainly do at Murgitroyd – and our attorneys are experts in dealing with those early stage discussions, helping to guide you on the most relevant IP path and providing clarity on what the process is and what it’s likely to cost.