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Commercial Intellectual Property

Allen & Overy’s commercial intellectual property team advises clients on the full range of commercial contracts relating to the exploitation of IP rights.

With the ever-growing focus on innovation, protecting and leveraging IP assets is crucial. A&O’s commercial IP lawyers work closely with our M&A and antitrust colleagues to provide coordinated advice on the full range of IP-rich transactions.

We advise on complex cross-border collaborations, joint ventures and strategic licensing deals involving parties all over the world.

Our experience spans the most complex transactions and includes:

  • Licensing, joint ventures and collaborations
  • Sales and other forms of disposal of IP rights, including warranty protection
  • IP due diligence and verification, including related agreements
  • Antitrust risks in licensing, joint venture and non-compete arrangements, including related to the settlement of patent disputes
  • Procedures and negotiations of arrangements for parties seeking to exit, or in the event of insolvency or bankruptcy of one party
  • Distribution, agency, contract manufacture, supply, sponsorship and other commercial agreements
  • IP-backed asset financing and taking security interests over IP assets, including royalty monetisation agreements

Our experience

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer

on the IP aspects of its GBP750m food delivery joint venture with Ocado, the UK’s leading pure play digital grocer.

Exscientia Limited

Exscientia Limited

on a research collaboration and licence agreement with Roche pursuant to which Exscientia will use its AI drug discovery platform to design pre-clinical drug candidates for Roche.

Colfax Corporation

Colfax Corporation

on the complex division and transfer of an existing trade mark portfolio, including WIPO and other foreign trade marks, in connection with its USD57m acquisition of ČKD Kompresory, based in Prague, Czech Republic, from ČKD Group.



on a licence agreement concerning several of its pharmaceutical cancer products with ONO, for several Asian territories.

News & insights

Publications: 14 JULY 2020

Webinar: Beyond Covid-19: Implications for intellectual property

In the second and final webinar in our series, our IP team discusses the future global impact of Covid-19 coronavirus on IP from a transactional, litigation and regulatory perspective.

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Publications: 11 JUNE 2020

Webinar: The key impacts of Covid-19 coronavirus on Intellectual Property

In the first of a series of webinars, Allen & Overy’s IP team addresses the current impact of Covid-19 coronavirus on IP from a transactional, litigation and regulatory perspective.

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Publications: 27 APRIL 2020

Issues brand owners need to consider during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic to protect their IP portfolios

Here we assess the difficulties the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic poses to brand owners involved in trade mark registry proceedings and trade mark litigation, what brand owners can do to mitigate the…

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Publications: 15 APRIL 2020

Podcast: How to protect IP as part of a digital transformation strategy

Whether digitalising by building out new digitally-focused units or externally via M&A, many IP challenges will arise especially as digital transformation can happen fast. Meeting these challenges…

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