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Have you just read everything above and it all sounds great but you’re not entirely sure what you need right now? Maybe you’ve only recently started out and so just want access to key information and resources. Or maybe you’ve already had some documents drawn up but you like the idea of having a ‘lawyer on demand’. Whatever it is and whatever point you’re at, let’s chat and we can advise on the best course of action for you personal circumstances.



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A trade mark is a specific piece of intellectual property you have that distinguishes your goods and services from another business.

Having the right trade mark protections in place can protect your business from other, competitor organisations entering the market and causing customer confusion by having similar names, logos, taglines etc.

In today’s fast paced business world and with names being snapped up globally, brand equity is a key differentiator for small business so having security around this is becoming more and more vital.

However, there are a number of things to consider when applying for trade marks including the types of IP to trade mark, the number of classes you wish your trade mark to be entered under, and the activities you want included.

Need a trade mark or would like to chat through the options for protecting your IP?
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If you’re working on a unique new innovation or invention you may be eligible to apply for a patent to protect all of your hard work being copied, stolen or exploited.

A patent is a right that is granted for any device, substance, method or process that is new, inventive and useful’.

The application for patents is always complex, costly and subject to stringent criteria, so it’s definitely worth having a chat to us first around the pros and cons, and the different types of patents that can be applied for and the costs of each approach.

Patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright can get very messy and often end up in the ‘too hard basket’. But they can also cause heartache for you as a small business owner if you’re not properly protected and aware of your rights.

Want to know if your new innovation or invention would benefit from patent protection?
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Do you know where you stand when it comes to copyright law and copyright infringement?

Particularly if you are running a professional services business, it’s really vital that you know your rights when it comes to copyright law. Whether that’s protecting your own IP, or ensuring that you don’t infringe on someone else’s.

The Internet has provided us with more access to information, resources and tools than ever before. But with this, we’re also faced with an ever-growing minefield and confusion around what can be copied, shared and otherwise distributed.

Want advice on particular copyright matters or wish to know where you stand in relation to someone infringing on your copyright?

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Once your business starts growing and you start employing staff, there’s a whole new set of legal considerations for you to think about.

At Progressive Legal, we also have specialists in workplace and employment law who can guide you in employment compliance matters and legal HR issues. Whether it’s understanding the right awards and penalties for employees, insurance contributions or employment contract terms.

Employing staff is costly with a whole raft of considerations over and above just the annual salary.

Want to find out more about how we can help with support and advice in all things relating to employment and workplace law?

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If you’ve had damaging material published about you, there is the possibility of you taking legal action against authors / publishers / broadcasters / distributors etc. in order to defend your reputation.

As small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs we are putting ourselves out into the world, taking a stand and building business awareness. With this comes an inevitable degree of vulnerability from others examining, and often commentating on what we are doing.

If you feel you’ve been wrongfully portrayed by a journalist, online influencer, publisher etc. then you may have grounds for legal action to help in defending your reputation.

This is a particularly complex area of law and therefore falls under a ‘specialist service’ from Progressive Legal and will be costed based on the details of the individual case. If you feel you have a case for defamation and would like to chat further to see where you stand…
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Whether chasing non-payments from suppliers, a client contesting your terms and conditions, or a joint venture gone sour, there are many, many instances where commercial dispute resolution may be necessary and early intervention is key.

Although none of us like to think that we would ever be in the situation where we do need to take legal action in this area, it’s unfortunately often an inevitable part of doing business.

With dispute resolution, each case is different and the speed at which a resolution can be found will depend on a number of variable factors including the prevalence of solid legal documentation.

If you have a matter which falls into the category of commercial dispute, chat to us now and we’ll be able to advise on your options and next steps to move towards a resolution.

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