IP law has two sides to it: contentious and non-contentious IP. It is important ensure your intellectual property is marked as yours as clearly as possible, and that, in case of infringement – such as someone stealing your graphics, ideas, or branding – you are able to respond quickly and make use of all the resources available that the law provides you with. One of the most effective, and important, ways for you to protect your IP is through patent law, which our team is experienced and capable in. We will not only help you create and file a patent, but also work with you if that patent is infringed; after all, when something you’ve registered is used by someone else, you should have the full right to demand compensation.
A common complaint about filing a patent is that it takes up vast amounts of time, especially if the patent office finds something wrong with your application, returning you to square one. Patent approval can undoubtedly be a frustrating and long process; and that’s our team of professionals is so important. We will spend time carefully drafting your patent to make sure that it is not rejected and can be accepted quickly. We will help you ensure that your patent fits the legal categories of being something new, inventive/not obvious, and industrially applicable, to make sure it is accepted on your first submission.
The other major complaint that comes with filing a patent is the associated costs, which can sometimes reach exorbitant levels, particularly if your patent is not accepted quickly. Sterling Law prides itself on being rated by its customers as one of the best firms nationally in value for money – which means you’ll have more to spend working on your creation, and not on navigating legal minefields. For all your patent law needs, it just makes sense to come to us.CONSULTATION
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IP law in the UK has a component which we are all familiar with: copyright law. Currently, copyright law in the UK mostly stems from the Copyrights, Designs, and Patents Act 1998 – and it’s crucial for you, whether you are a musician, writer, artist or an original producer of anything else – that your content is protected.Read more
Design rights is one of the most complex areas of IP law – particularly because what may appear to obviously apply as a design right may be a patent, or vice versa. Not separating these two correctly can cost time and money, and this is why you need a team of experts to help you understand your choices and how to obtain design rights.Read more
A common question is what is the difference between a trademark and copyright? Is my logo trademarkable or copyrightable? If you want to protect your brand’s logo, it’s important to understand the difference.Read more
As a business, trade secrets are likely THE most important thing for you to protect. Firstly, let’s explain what a trade secret is and why it may be important for your business to register as having them.Read more
A statutory demand is a request for the payment of outstanding debt.
If you have an undisputed amount due to you or to your business (e.g. an unpaid invoice) then you can file a form called statutory demand requesting a debtor to settle the debt.
A statutory demand is a kind of a warning from you to a debtor that the failure to repay the debt might result in the start of a procedure in the courts to make the debtor bankrupt. This form is often used as a legal tool to apply pressure on the debtor to ensure that they repay their debt.
In the recent case of Topadar v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1525 the Court of Appeal examined two questions:
At what point is an immigration application decided by the Home Office?
Is it procedurally unfair for the Home Office to refuse an application due to the applicant’s sponsor (i.e. their employer) failing to provide additional information (without the applicant ever being made aware of the request)?
The Court of Appeal decided:
The Immigration Rules regarding long residence provide that Applicants who have resided in the UK continuously and lawfully for 10 years are entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
This begs the question: what if I have a gap in my lawful residence?
The Immigration Rules state as follows: 276B. The requirements to be met by an applicant for indefinite leave to remain on the ground of long residence in the United Kingdom are that: