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Intellectual Property and Media

Industry and commercially-focussed advice

Intellectual Property and Media

Bermans Intellectual Property and Media Team deals with a comprehensive and eclectic range of issues, many of which involve developing technologies, media and platforms, and our specific expertise allows us to stay and keep our clients ahead of an ever-evolving technological landscape.

We provide our clients with sound, practical, strategic and above all industry and commercially-focussed advice covering everything from Copyright, Passing-Off, Design, Confidentiality, Domain Name and Trade Mark issues to Reputation Management advice and disputes, Defamation and Privacy matters and the responsible use and effective risk management of internet and social media platforms.

Clients we work with

  • Businesses of all sizes in the Creative, Digital and Media sectors (including Public Relations, Marketing, Television, Film, Publishing and Music)
  • Private and Public national and international Brands
  • High profile individuals

Key Services



  • Development
  • Exploitation
  • Enforcement & Infringement Disputes


  • Reputation and Media Crisis Management (Proactive and Reactive)
  • Marketing and other Content Clearance and Regulatory Issues
  • Defamation, Privacy, Confidentiality and Data Protection Disputes
  • Content and Project Development Agreements and Proposals in the Publishing, TV, Film, Music and Social Media industries

Key Contacts


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.

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