Broadcast media, music & publishing

Whether you've developed a brilliant new TV programme, written a best-selling book or are looking to commercialise your talents as a blogger, vlogger or band, you need to think about trade mark rights to:

— Protect the name and brand you've worked so hard to build

— Defend yourself against legal action from others with IP rights

— Ensure your ability to merchandise and profit from your creativity

— Protect your content from mimicry at home and overseas

How we can help

We conduct trade mark searches to ensure that no one else has registered your name or brand, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be protected against legal action. We provide cost-effective options for obtaining trade mark protection in the UK and internationally.

Our team has a wealth of experience in working with publishers to get the right registrations in-hand, enabling the licensing of key assets like characters to help you merchandise. IP rights can open up new revenue streams, ensuring that you get the best possible return for your creativity.

If you’re a vlogger, blogger or band (or simply if you have a great idea) today, you can become an overnight superstar. It’s vital that you get in early to protect yourself before you reach a level of fame where it becomes difficult to use your own name and produce your own merchandise without others getting a cut. The cases of bands falling out and members trying keep the original name are legendary. We can help you secure your registration early to avoid embarrassing moments on the reunion tour.

Production companies and film-makers often think that the only legal nightmares they need to avoid are copyright infringement and the occasional defamation claim. This isn't the case — you want to make sure that you don’t lose out on potential work if a competitor uses a trading or company name so similar to your own that customers get confused. You also need to be certain that you can use the same title when you're recommissioned for series two and stop others using your branding for products that you want to licence.

Case studies

Case Study

Key Publishing Limited

How to register descriptive trade marks

We helped a leading magazine publisher to secure a series of trade mark registrations for supposedly ‘unregistrable’ magazine titles.

Case Study

G7th Limited

Combating capo copies with a global IP portfolio

We helped to secure a valuable portfolio of patents, designs and trade marks to provide global protection for an innovative British designer of capos.

Case Study

Crumbs Martech Ltd

Following the copyright crumb trail

When you commission an agency to work on a project, it's important to keep control of your IP — which is hard to achieve with a 'DIY' legal agreement.

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Meet our team

Gareth Price

Partner - Leeds

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

Karen Fraser

Partner - London

Anna Szpek

Senior Trade Mark Attorney - London

Annabel Hanratty

Trade Mark Attorney - Cardiff

Dr Christine Lund-Beck

Senior Trade Mark Attorney - Milton Keynes

Sharon Kirby

Senior Trade Mark Attorney - Leeds

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