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Intellectual Property and IT

Industry and commercially-focussed advice

Intellectual Property and IT

Bermans Intellectual Property and Information Technology team has an in-depth understanding of the needs of businesses developing within this sector and those who deal with the sector, and is able to advise and assist on all aspects of IP and IT matters.

Working for creators, developers, suppliers and purchasers of IT and IP across all sectors, we are well equipped to deal with the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising from the creation, protection, delivery and purchase of IP and IT. We provide our clients with sound, practical, strategic and above all industry and commercially-focussed advice on all aspects of:

Clients we work with

  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • Universities and spin offs
  • The Media Sector

Sectors we work in

  • Invitro Diagnostic
  • Plastics
  • Electro Spinning
  • Aerospace
  • Teaching & Education
  • Security
  • Engineering & Transport
  • Music
  • Film & TV
  • Publishing

Key Services


Intellectual Property

  • Creation and protection of intellectual property rights
  • Research and development
  • Commercialisation of ideas
  • Licensing
  • Assignment
  • Protection from infringement
  • Cease and desist
  • Passing off
  • Breach of confidentiality
  • Reputation and risk management

Information Technology

  • Licence Agreements
  • End User Licence Agreements
  • Website Design and Development Agreements
  • White label licensing
  • Software Development and Maintenance Agreements
  • Software Evaluation Licence
  • Agile Software Development
  • Software, Trademark and Patent Assignments
  • Joint Research and Development Agreements
  • Web Services Agreements
  • Mobile App Development Agreements
  • Mobile App Terms and Conditions of Use
  • Hosting Agreements
  • Creative Industries Agreements including:
  • Publishing Agreements
  • Music Management and Recording Agreements
  • Podcast Production Terms and Conditions
  • Film Option Agreements

Key Contacts

Chris McDonough

Chris McDonough

Chris is well respected in his fields of expertise and advises businesses both nationally and internationally on commercial and company law matters.

Barney Leaf

Michael Smeaton

Michael joined Bermans as a trainee solicitor in 2008 and, following his qualification in September 2010, joined the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in the firm’s Liverpool office.


Rob Eakins

Rob advises on all types of commercial contracts, with particular expertise in agreements for the creative industries. He also has a growing number of clients in the developing blockchain and cryptocurrency sector.

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