The value of intellectual property (IP) is increasingly apparent in corporate and secured transactions and needs to be carefully considered and protected. Members of our IP group work with other Firm teams on major transactions in which intellectual property is an important component. We have advised on leveraging IP value as well as obtaining and providing IP security for some of the largest transactions in Canada.
Clients across a wide range of industries rely on our transaction advice and services, which include conducting searches to ascertain the existence of intellectual property, due diligence examination of licences and patent and trade secret protection procedures used by vendors, conveyancing of the intellectual property, infringement and validity reviews, and drafting and negotiating licences and other agreements related to IP protection. We regularly counsel clients on strategy development, audits, research and development agreements, shared development and other collaborations, technology development, IP transfers and a host of other transactions, as well as advise on structuring joint-venture entities and other vehicles designed to acquire, transfer or assign IP rights.
Blakes IP lawyers also counsel on marketing, distribution, non-disclosure agreements and a wide variety of other business transactions regarding products, services and technologies protectable under international, federal, state or local intellectual property laws. We often advise clients on negotiating and drafting agreements for, and render opinions on, transactions relating to intellectual property, including character and personality merchandising, entertainment, communications, computer software and publishing agreements. Clients also come to us for advice on technology transfer agreements in many industries, including oil and gas, paper, mining, forestry, biotechnology, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, computer, metallurgical, automotive, and information and communications technology.
Working closely with our intellectual property litigators, we offer advice when disputes arise involving patents, trade-marks, copyright, confidential information and trade secrets, technology, covenants not to compete, and other intellectual property protections. In the global arena, we work collaboratively with an international network of law firms to assist clients with their licensing and other business agreements wherever they do business.