Many alleged breaches of intellectual property (IP), such as apparent infringement of trademarks and copyrights, can not only result in civil proceedings; but also criminal. Some infringements by contrast, are purely criminal, for example, counterfeiting or piracy. Trading Standards are the Government agency responsible for investigating these kinds of allegations, who work hand in hand with the Police and Crown Prosecution Service to enforce any breaches.
IP crime is an area of law which many are unfamiliar with, and one which is legally very complex. The penalties for an alleged IP infringement can be severe. Businesses can face fines of up to £50,000, individuals can receive custodial sentences of up to 10 years, and the stigma of a conviction for activity relating to counterfeiting and piracy can significantly affect your reputation, or that of your business.
Our team of lawyers and barristers at Reeds have experience in dealing with these cases successfully, and have the skills needed to carefully examine the allegations against you and help you navigate this particularly difficult area of law. We always approach our cases commercially, and are on hand to give you strategic advice if your business or livelihood is at stake.
For more information about how we can help, or if you have been contacted by Trading Standards or the Crown Prosecution Service about an alleged breach of intellectual property; contact any one of our team. Alternatively click here to give us your details, and a member of the team will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
If you are facing prosecution, we can also offer you the option of instructing one of our dedicated barristers to deal with your case directly. Our advocates have been specially selected by us as a result of their commitment to our client-centred approach, their exceptional court room skills and their balanced judgement. Members of chambers are often consulted while our clients are in the investigation stage of proceedings, so you can be sure that your case is being expertly directed from the very beginning. For further information, click here to be taken to our Chambers page.
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