Law Services for Businesses Intellectual Property

Market-leading intellectual property lawyers helping you identify, protect, manage and commercialise your organisation’s intellectual assets.

Protecting your ideas, innovations and brands

In today’s highly competitive business world, it is more important than ever to do whatever is possible and legally and commercially viable to protect your ideas, innovations and brands.

MacRoberts can help you identify, protect, manage and commercialise your business-critical intellectual assets, and we advise on the full range of intellectual property matters such as mergers and acquisitions, collaboration and cross-licencing, international brand development and technology transfers.

Commercialising your intellectual property

We can assist you with all aspects commercialising your intellectual property, including registration of trade marks, protection against IP infringements, drafting and negotiating agreements and licences, media communications and agreements, e-commerce and terms and conditions, sponsorship and endorsement, and all aspects of your organisation’s IP strategy.

In general, intellectual property is protected on a national or transnational basis and our close connections with IP experts in other countries and jurisdictions mean we can assist our clients as they grow their business internationally.

Market-leading intellectual property advisers

Working across all sectors of the Scottish economy, our lawyers are ranked in both the independent legal directories and as a Silver Firm in the WTR 1000 – the World's Leading Trademark Professionals, a unique guide that identifies the top trade mark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe.

MacRoberts has built “an excellent reputation” on the market, particularly in contentious matters. Euan Duncan has been advising on IP matters for over 20 years. Julie Hamilton is a specialist in commercial disputes and is well thought of by her competitors – “Julie is a classy operator and is great to work with”. David Gourlay is a commercially minded practitioner who is well versed at advising businesses in both the public and private sectors.


Intellectual property litigation

We advise on complex, high profile intellectual property disputes, including copyright and trade mark infringement, passing off, licence agreement disputes and interdicts, and our people have the skills and experience to handle cases of all types and sizes.

We regularly work alongside patent and trade mark attorneys, and deal with cases in the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session.

Related Services

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution

    Understanding your commercial aims allows us to help you achieve the result you want in the most appropriate way – whether that is in out of court, our team of skilled negotiators and litigators will fight your corner.

    Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Data Protection & Cyber Security

    Our team advises clients on the full range of data protection matters to ensure your business is fully compliant with the law.

    Data Protection & Cyber Security
  • Information Technology & Outsourcing

    Our leading information technology lawyers can advise on all aspects of your business’s IT projects and contracts, acting for both UK-based and multinational organisations.

    Information Technology & Outsourcing
  • Regulatory & Compliance

    We support our clients in taking proactive steps to ensure their business does not fall foul of relevant ethics, anti-corruption and competition laws and regulations.

    Regulatory & Compliance
  • Commercial Contracts

    Our lawyers can help you ensure your business’s contracts clearly reflect your intentions and protect the interests of your business.

    Commercial Contracts
  • Food & Drink

    From field to fork, MacRoberts is engaged with every stage of increasingly complex and dynamic supply chains, providing expertise and specialist legal services to businesses across the food & drink sector.

    Food & Drink

Our Awards & Accreditations

  • In 2016, we were one of the first law firms in Scotland to become accredited Living Wage employers.

  • Shortlisted for Firm of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2022.

  • Winners of Corporate & Commercial Team of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020.

  • Our Real Estate team won the Property Team of the Year Award at the British Legal Awards in 2018.

  • Winner of SME of the Year at the Scottish SME Awards 2017, hosted by Scottish Business Insider.

  • Highly Commended for Commercial Team of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2016.

  • In 2019, MacRoberts achieved Cyber Essentials Plus certification, a UK Government entry-level information security standard. 

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, the most widely recognised quality management system standard in the world.

  • Iso 14001 2015 Environmental Management

    MacRoberts holds the ISO14001:2015 certification for Environmental Management, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to environmental awareness.

  • MacRoberts holds the ISO27001:2013 certification for Information Security, an internationally recognised security gold standard.

  • Business continuity is a critical element of the Business Management System at MacRoberts and we hold full accreditation with the ISO 22301:2019.

  • MacRoberts is a member of IP Inclusive, a network of intellectual property professionals working to make our community more equal, diverse and inclusive.

  • We are active members of the PRIME Programme – an organisation that focuses on ensuring a career in law is open to talent from all economic and social backgrounds.

  • MacRoberts supports the Scottish Business Pledge, a values-led partnership between Government and business that is based on boosting productivity and competitiveness through fairness, equality and sustainable employment.

  • We are supporters of the Partnership for Change, a network of organisations and individuals who share a common ambition to improve diversity on boards and in senior leadership.

  • We are a member of the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI), a UK-based not-for-profit organisation which helps employers build and maintain diverse teams and inclusive cultures through our membership, training, and consultancy services.

  • In 2022, MacRoberts was awarded enei's Silver TIDEMark. TIDE is enei's self-assessment evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures an organisation's overall approach and progress on diversity and inclusion.

  • MacRoberts is a Disability Confident employer, and are committed to disability equality across our firm.

  • MacRoberts fully supports flexible working practices and supports family-friendly working practices.

  • In 2022, MacRoberts received a Bronze Award in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the workplace.

  • MacRoberts is a longstanding member of Scotland Food & Drink, the leading trade association for Scotland's food and drink industry.

  • MacRoberts is an Associate Member of SELECT, Scotland's largest construction trade association.