Are you protecting a valuable asset? Whatever the size of your business and whatever you do, you are probably generating intellectual property. This could be an innovative product or design, a theatrical work, a piece of software or a trusted brand that you could one day sell.
The important thing is to protect this property, just as you would your house or your car, so that no-one can use it without your permission and paying you a healthy fee.
How you protect your intellectual property depends on what it is. Copyright, for example, is granted automatically to authors, while trademarks for brands or patents for designs must be registered.
Applying for patents and trademarks can be a complex business, but we will talk you through the issues, find the best answer for your property and business, and handle registration. Having the right protection in place provides a good deterrent and makes it far easier to take action through the courts if somebody does infringe your rights.
You can find out more about intellectual property below or call us right now to discuss your situation and how we can help.
Michael is Head of Business Law at Verisona Law, specialising in all areas of corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, start-ups and MBO’s. He leads the majority of Verisona’s high-value corporate and commercial transactions, and is responsible for the co-ordination of all legal services relating to such work.
Michael qualified in 1977 and was one of the founding partners of Dyer Burdett. That firm successfully practiced in Havant for over 30 years, before it merged with another local firm in 2008 to form Verisona Law.
His commercial experience ranges from software contracts through to shareholders’ agreements and he regularly helps high profile clients in relation to media and entertainment law. He is also active in the insolvency field.
Michael is mentioned in Legal 500 (2017) as an ‘extremely sound and level-headed lawyer‘.
“Mike (Dyer) quietly goes about his business; no fuss, no drama he just gets the job done. A key factor in the successful outcome was Mike’s intimate knowledge of the club. Having acted for the Trust and individual presidents on the original purchase in 2013 Mike not only had the necessary experience but also the required empathy in dealing with a stakeholder group that had made an emotional as much as a financial investment in the club.”
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Jeremy Paterson studied Economic History at the University of Leicester and then spent several years in marketing working for agencies near London. At the age of 28, he made the decision to change career and embarked on a law conversion course and LPC at the College of Law in Guildford.
In 2007, he completed a training contract in which he gained experience of civil litigation – an area of law where he found great interest and enjoyment from overcoming unknown challenges.
‘I found great satisfaction in resolving disputes’ he recalls. ‘I enjoy problem solving, simplifying complex issues, and keeping an eye on what really matters to the client’
After qualifying, Jeremy went on to specialise in civil litigation working for another firm in the Portsmouth area before working for a firm in Southampton. He joined Verisona Law as a Senior Associate in its Commercial Dispute Resolution team early in 2016.
‘I’d had my eye on Verisona Law for a while as it appealed to me from both a legal and marketing perspective,’ he said. ‘Verisona Law has positioned itself in a unique way for the local area and it has earned a great deal of recognition for the range of specialist legal services it offers.’
“I appreciate all your work and the positive outcome we managed to get and enjoyed working with you.” Anon, June 2020.
“Thank you for all your help in this matter” Anon, April 2020.
“Superb help, advice and support throughout. I was kept informed and updated at every step of my legal journey with Verisona Law. I wholeheartedly recommend their service.” Anon, September 2019
“Jeremy was very efficient and detailed in my case. I would like to thank Verisona for their professionalism, understanding and excellent work to resolve my case; the outcome went over and above expectation.” Anon, August 2019
“I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for me as you can probably appreciate it has been a very difficult time for me but I can now move on and enjoy my life again so once again Jeremy thank you.” Anon, June 2019
“Jeremy, thanks for all you and Verisona have done for our company. You were a source of calm in a storm. Your advice, guidance and reassurance helped us see off a serious threat to our company and its Intellectual Property.” Anon, June 2019
“We will continue to support and recommend our clients to Verisona.” Bernard Landi – Landi Accounting, August 2018
“Having recently used Verisona Law to help recover a commercial debt due to us, I would highly recommend them. Jeremy was very professional and helpful, giving information throughout the case, and he was also very calm which really helped us.” Anon, June 2018
“I would like to thank you for the first class service we have received from you. Your advice and the professional way you treated us throughout culminated in a result which, prior to your appointment, seemed a long way away.” Mr Herridge, June 2018
“Many thanks for your help and constant support.” Anon, January 2018
“I was very impressed with your support and advice in this matter.” Anon, February 2018
“Verisona have recently acted on behalf of my company regarding a HSE matter. From the outset it became very apparent to me that they were going to leave no stone unturned. I was kept up to date at any time, day or night, and they were always helpful and reassuring. They provided me with a top London barrister who specialised in HSE matters to represent my company in court. I cannot thank them enough for all their hard work in bringing this matter to a close and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking professional legal help.” Anon, July 2017
“Thanks again to the Verisona team and in particular Jeremy Paterson. It was reassuring to have an expert in my corner whilst navigating the complicated process of chasing an outstanding debt that was owed to our company.” Anon, February 2017
“I was really pleased with the help and support provided by solicitor Jeremy Paterson at Verisona Law. He acted swiftly but concisely with his in-depth knowledge of the law. He covered every possible outcome and kept me updated at every stage of the way without me having to chase him. He went above and beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Really excellent service, achieving a great outcome. I would definitely use Jeremy and Verisona again.” Sarah Dineage – Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service, November 2016
“Thank you very much for your help in this matter, you have personally done a very professional job for me and I very much appreciate the excellent service I have once again received from Verisona.” Anon, October 2016
“Robert and Jeremy provided detailed explanations of legal processes and procedures in an easy to understand style and always made us feel at ease and supported. The dispute was dealt with to our entire satisfaction and we would certainly recommend Verisona Law.” Anon, September 2016
Jane works as a Team Assistant to both the Corporate & Commercial and Employment teams. Jane provides day to day support transcribing documents and being the first point of contact for clients.
Jane started work as an Office Junior in Dyer Burdett, which later joined forces with Grey Purdue to become Verisona Law in 2008.
In her spare time Jane enjoys socialising with friends and family and spending time with her French Bulldog, Ernie.