IP and Unfair Competition
Companies investing substantial resources in R&D to create “the next big thing”, companies in the creative industries, and companies building their valuable brands all rely on the protection of their IP and business secrets to have an edge over their competitors. IP rights also fuel the creative process of musicians, photographers and videographers, painters, digital artists and other creatives and allow them, deservedly, to live off their works of art.
Our lawyers assist companies and creatives alike in protecting their IP and monetising it. Our services span all stages of the IP lifecycle. We register trademarks, designs, and patents in all relevant registers. We draft and review, among others, licensing agreements, transfer of know-how contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and co-existence agreements.
We also have extensive experience in defending our clients’ IP rights in courts of law (including the Court of Justice of the European Union) as well as before national and international authorities, in particular the EUIPO. Being litigators at heart, we have a particularly successful track record in contentious trademark and copyright matters.
We want our clients to be able to focus their energy on their creations – while we will make sure that they can enjoy the fruit of their labour.
Paragon also assists clients in ensuring the level playing field that keeps their business competitive. Our lawyers advise companies in all matters related to unfair competition, be it misleading and comparative advertisements, sole position advertisements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and confidential information or other unfair business practices. The spectrum of our casework includes brick-and-mortar businesses as well as clients from new media, including cases relating to online gambling.