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Intellectual Property

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At Hay & Kilner, our Intellectual Property team is recognised as a provider of the highest quality of legal advice in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our team of specialist Intellectual Property lawyers works closely with our business clients, offering a full range of support and advice. We regularly advise and represent clients in Intellectual Property negotiations and disputes, principally in the fields of:

  • Copyright;
  • Design rights (Registered, Unregistered and Community Design Rights);
  • Trademarks;
  • Passing off;
  • Disputed domain names; and
  • The protection of confidential information.

As well as disputes, we also advise on all aspects of using and developing Intellectual Property including:

  • Development agreements;
  • Sales and purchases;
  • On-line trading;
  • The creation of new websites/branding;
  • Software licensing;
  • Franchise agreements; and
  • Patent transfers.

We provide a full service in terms of Intellectual Property rights and have successfully negotiated to protect, utilise and defend Intellectual Property for our clients. We are very experienced in the negotiation of commercial contracts where Intellectual Property can be the central issue or one of many considerations. Similarly, we act quickly and appropriately to protect clients’ Intellectual Property rights if they may be at risk of infringement.


  • "Senior partner Martin Soloman provides ‘considered’ advice and leads a ‘strong’ team at Hay & Kilner. The firm acted for an inventor client in negotiating an agreement to divide ownership and exploitation rights, as well as advising on a contract for further development work."

    - Legal 500

  • "Hay & Kilner provides a full range of services to clients needing IP advice, including franchise agreements, patent transfers, copyrights and trade marks. Sources reserve praise for the ability of its lawyers to 'take a broad verbal brief and turn it into a solution' as well as for their efficient approach to matters: 'If something needs prompt attention, they will see to it - they deal with things with minimal time and cost.' KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources recommend department head Martin Solomon, who inspires confidence and trust in his clients."

    - Chambers guide