Intellectual Property

Protecting clients’ ideas and creative outputs, enforcing and
commercially exploiting intellectual property rights

Intellectual Property

We provide advice on the range of intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, copyright, passing off, know-how and confidential information on both contentious and non-contentious issues and across a number of sectors such as the energy sector, food and drink, IT and manufacturing.

Our work in protecting intellectual property rights includes helping clients to obtain trademarks, advising on strategies to protect brands, maintain the secrecy of their valuable know-how and confidential information, and protecting it through the use of confidentiality agreements and NDAs. We also support our clients in negotiating R&D contracts, joint industry projects and commercial contracts for similar initiatives for the development of technology to ensure that their rights are properly protected.

We regularly advise our clients on the enforcement of these rights which is crucial to maintaining the value of their intellectual property. We can help our clients formulate enforcement strategies  including litigation against third parties for infringement.

We support our clients in the commercial exploitation of their intellectual property rights by advising on the sale of technology and related patents, know-how and other intellectual property rights – as well as licensing of intellectual property in key business areas including technology for the oil and gas sector, through to trade marks in food and drink and the software in the IT sector.


Trademarks and branding

Includes applying for trademarks and also advising on the use of trade names and branding

R&D contracts and Joint Industry Projects

Licensing of intellectual property rights

Drafting and negotiating the terms of licence agreements for patents, know-how and other intellectual property rights in the energy, technology, food and drink, IT and other sectors

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure agreements


Key Contacts

To make an enquiry, please contact a member of staff below or call 01224 845 845

Neil Forbes

Partner, Corporate
T: 01224 845 847
M: 07740 841 284

Ross Gardner

Partner, Head of Corporate
T: 01224 845 879
M: 07739 171 075

Colin Sandilands

Partner, Head of Inverness Office
T: 01463 663 389
M: 07794 335 950

James Muir

Partner, Energy
T: 01224 845887
M: 07515 999 146

Robert McDiarmid

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
T: 01224 845 951
M: 07779 636 444

Intellectual Property News & Insights

Cybersecurity for Professional Services Seminar with Mitigo

November 15, 2023

Cybersecurity for Professional Services : Breakfast Seminars with Mitigo Cybersecurity

Aberdeen : 28 Albyn Place at 8am on 21 Nov 2023

Inverness : The Kingsmills Hotel at 8am on 22 Nov 2023

Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 UK Guides 2024

October 23, 2023

The 2024 editions of Chambers & Partners Legal Guide UK and Legal 500 UK have been launched, with Stronachs LLP being recognised in both.  The two annual reviews of the UK’s legal market rank the leading firms and lawyers in Scotland.

CPI Award – Deborah Law

August 28, 2023

Deborah Law, partner in the dispute resolution team, has been awarded the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (CPI). Deborah was one of eight candidates from England, Scotland and Wales to earn a merit and was ranked first of the Scottish candidates.

Promotions June 2023

June 1, 2023

On 1 June 2023 Stronachs LLP, the full-service law practice headquartered in Aberdeen, announced a number of internal promotions. 

Neil Forbes, on behalf of the Board, said:

“We are very pleased to announce that Kirsten Anderson of our private client team and Callum Armstrong of our corporate team have been assumed as Partners.  Both joined Stronachs as trainees and it is testament to their ability and commitment to the firm and its clients that they have achieved partnership at this stage of their career.