Stay Protected With The Right Contracts

When it comes to protecting your commercial interests, not all contracts do the best job. Using a standard contract means there is ample opportunity for oversights, disputes, and exclusions.

So given the valuable nature of intellectual property, whether it’s branding, product designs, confidential information, or something else, it’s critically important that any contracts in use are fit for purpose.

We draft and review IP contracts for individuals and businesses. You may be seeking to create a new contract to buy, sell, transfer, license, or even franchise intellectual property. You may want a legal professional to advise on how best to commercialise your IP, and what type of agreements (contracts) you’ll need. You may have a contractual dispute. Or you may simply want to understand what you can and cannot do under the terms of an existing contract.

Regardless, our team is here to help. Our solicitors have helped clients in a huge range of industries with every conceivable contract issue since 1995. You can rely on us for industry-leading expertise and support. Get in touch today to organise a free consultation.


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How can we help?

Confidential Information

If you’re seeking to keep your intellectual property confidential and secure, a watertight IP contract can help.

Use of a confidentiality contract, such as a non-disclosure agreement, allows two independent parties to share sensitive, valuable IP whilst working together.

Learn more

Buying, Selling or Transferring IP

An IP contract is essential when two parties decide to transfer the ownership of intellectual property between one another.

This can cover relationships such as employee-employer and buyer-seller.

If you need help with a contract covering the purchase, sale or transfer of IP, get in touch with our team.


A licensing agreement is a type of IP contract that allows the licensee to repurpose the licensor’s intellectual property for commercial use.

Licensing can be a great means of commercialising a company or individual’s intellectual property.

If you want to license-out your IP or if you want to license-in another party’s IP, then speak to our team for advice.

Joint Development

Under a joint development agreement, two parties work together to develop a new product or service.

The terms on how pre-existing and new IP will be shared during and after development are exceptionally important.

If you need support with the IP aspects of a joint development agreement, our team can help.


There are many different types of contracts required for software, including distribution contracts, development contracts, collaboration agreements, revenue share agreements, and publishing agreements.

You can count on our team whenever you want to secure the best deal, get your contract right, and save money, time and stress.

Why choose Briffa?

We have been providing IP contract services since 1995

We offer a free consultation to discuss your IP contract needs before any fixed fee quotes are given

We have offices in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, plus a global network of associates

We offer an industry leading service with short turnaround times and business-focused advice


What are the key clauses in IP contracts?

Important and/or higher value contracts should always be very carefully considered, but most contracts often share the following important clauses (although the content of the clauses will differ):

• Duration of agreement
• Services and commitments
• Payment terms
• Jurisdiction
• Default events
• Termination of the contract
• Disclosure of information and data
• Warranties and/or indemnities
• Intellectual Property
• Confidentiality
• Force Majeure


Do I need a lawyer to draft an IP contract?

There are template IP contracts freely available for a variety of purposes online. However, we strongly advise against using free templates.

Any contract, regardless of whether it focuses on intellectual property or not, should be drafted specifically for the situation and parties it intends to bind.

And given the complexities of intellectual property law, there is a high risk of getting something wrong without the help of an experienced professional. Even the slightest mistake could be extremely costly in the future.

In short, it’s wise to consult a lawyer for drafting or reviewing any IP contracts.

Key Contacts for IP Contracts

Briffa’s specialist solicitors have been practising intellectual property law in the UK and Europe for over twenty-five years. Meet our team and see the faces behind our success stories. Find the key contacts for this area below, or follow the link to meet the rest of the team.

Book a free consultation with one of our specialist solicitors.

We’ll start with a no obligation chat where we’ll get to know you and understand your current challenges.

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