Intellectual Property

Intellectual property covers a very wide range of intangible assets that can be registered or otherwise protected ranging from patents and trademarks to copyright works and databases to trade secrets and reputation. These are very often the key assets of a business.

To protect and then exploit such assets, you need to know what they are, how they are created and how to ensure you own or have the right to use and control them.

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

We can help you identify, protect, manage and commercialise your business-critical intellectual assets.

Our team has extensive experience of advising businesses and other organisations on intellectual property issues relating to such matters as mergers and acquisitions, collaboration and cross-licensing, international brand development and technology transfers.

  • Commercialisation of IP
  • Registration of trade marks
  • Protection against IP infringements
  • Drafting and negotiating contractually binding agreements and licences
  • Media communications and agreements (television, publishing, social media and music)
  • e-commerce and internet terms and conditions
  • Sponsorship and endorsement
  • IP strategy

Intellectual property is, in general, protected on a national or transnational basis - therefore, our close connections with experts in other countries and jurisdictions enable us to assist our clients as they expand their businesses internationally.


We advise a wide variety of clients operating across industry sectors on intellectual property law matters including:

  • Kames Capital plc 
  • Glencairn Crystal
  • Vascutek Ltd 
  • Cycling Scotland
  • Scottish Canals
  • Johnstons of Elgin 
  • Scottish Salmon Company
  • "An experienced team which provides good advice and legal protection. They are a one-stop shop."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "MacRoberts' approach is that of a partnership, whereby they are an extension to our company."

    Legal 500
  • "They are quick to respond and very efficient."

    Legal 500
  • "The team at MacRoberts understand the speed of response required by our business and the importance of understanding our industry and the landscape we work within."

    Legal 500
  • "They're superb - they help me sleep at night. MacRoberts have been on the money with all of their advice."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • Their understanding of and focus on our interests has been really productive."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Their contractual knowledge is very good and their advice is very commercial."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "MacRoberts provides a great level of support and advice and is always available when needed without fail."

    Legal 500
  • "The intellectual property experts at MacRoberts provide consistency in their service."

    Legal 500
  • "The firm's practitioners all understand their clients' business needs and provide the necessary level of support and advice."

    Legal 500
  • "They are responsive and efficient, and there is a good depth of knowledge within the firm."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "The 'excellent' team is noted for its 'quick turnaround time' and ability to 'deal with complex issues in an efficient matter'."

    Legal 500 2018
  • "They are responsive and efficient, and there is a good depth of knowledge within the firm."


    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • MacRoberts LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is noted for its ‘quick turnaround time’ and ability to ‘deal with complex issues in an efficient manner’.

    Legal 500

Technology, Media & Telecoms

With very few areas not impacted by technology, media and telecoms, we remain focused on ensuring we stay ahead of the curve in advising clients of the ever-increasing body of law, regulation and policy affecting the sector.

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