Intellectual property: preventing infringements

Date last reviewed

Friday, August 16, 2019
Bethan Lloyd, a lawyer from DLA Piper UK LLP, outlines what to do if someone infringes your intellectual property rights and also what to do if you are accused of infringing someone else’s rights.


Who should watch this?

Watch this if you suspect someone is infringing your organisation’s intellectual property rights, or if you think that your organisation may have breached someone else’s rights.

The content of this video is accurate as at July 2017 (but see 'Update' section below).

What does the video cover?

The video will cover questions such as:

  • How can our intellectual property rights be infringed?
  • Will it help if we register our rights?
  • How can I make sure that we do not infringe someone else’s rights and what do we do if it turns out that we have?
  • When would we need a formal confidentiality agreement?
  • How do we get permission to use someone else’s intellectual property?
  • If we suspect an infringement, what evidence do we need to start gathering?

Running time: 17 mins

  • Title page (0.23)
  • Introduction (0.19)
  • Overview of IP rights (2.25)
  • Infringement (0.30)
  • How to avoid infringement (1.59)
  • How to protect your IP (4.53)
  • Licences (0.54)
  • Summary for protecting your IP (0.34)
  • When it all goes wrong (part 1) (2.24)
  • When it all goes wrong (part 2) (1.27)
  • Top 4 tips (0.54)
  • Summary (0.10)


Since the recording of this video, please note that the European trade mark regime and its fees have changed slightly.

We recommend reading the Intellectual Property Office's guidance on 'IP and Brexit'. 

Special thanks to

Bethan Lloyd and DLA Piper UK LLP

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Date last reviewed

August 2019

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

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