Cleaver Fulton Rankin

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Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors, specialists in serving clients Intellectual Property and Information Technology needs

Excellent legal advice delivered with an energetic client focus and commercial sense to find exactly the right solution.

 Cleaver Fulton Rankin is one of Northern Ireland’s leading law firms providing a full range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.  Conveniently located in Belfast city centre our breadth of service is unsurpassed in the local market, being noted as “top rank” in 8 areas in Chambers UK,  A Client’s Guide to the Legal Profession 2012.    

The firm is organised into six core departments namely corporate, property, employment, litigation, consultancy and private client plus niche units specialising in areas such as Banking and Finance, Employment, Planning and Environmental, Construction law  and Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property and Information Technology

Given the downturn in the property market and corresponding growth in Northern Ireland of the value in intangible assets, intellectual property (IP) and information technology has become a significant practice area for Cleaver Fulton Rankin.  Over the past two years, to meet with increasing workload and to ensure that requirements are serviced to the highest level, we have developed a specific practice group to serve our clients’ intellectual property and information technology needs. This practice group incorporates members of our litigation and corporate departments so that our clients’ contentious and non-contentious issues can be dealt with seamlessly.

The practice group is one of the only teams in Northern Ireland providing a specialist full service intellectual property service.  The practice group is a leading proponent of a cost-effective approach and is keenly aware of both the need to provide commercially sensible service to protect our clients’ brand and business reputation. 

In the vast majority of cases, the service which our clients are likely to require will be focussed on protecting, managing and exploiting intellectual property. 

Our Experience

Our corporate team members have significant volume of experience in advising on transactions involving IP rich organisations and drafting bespoke agreements around intellectual property, licensing and assignment of intellectual property, funding agreements and investment advice and distribution and franchise agreements.  In transactions, our team is at ease working as part of a larger team of advisors to include accountants, to provide a seamless service and joined up overall business solution for the client.  We are used to working closely with in-house advisors, investors and other stakeholders to meet our clients’ business requirements. 

Our experience encompasses the full range of intellectual property and information technology issues.  Recent examples of our transactional and advisory work include providing legal advice and assistance on the following:-

1.     Commercial contracts with intellectual property elements;

2.     Advertising and marketing

3.     Sponsorship and merchandising;

4.     Film and Television production work;

5.     Copyright;

6.     Book publishing agreements;

7.     Creative joint venture and collaborative agreements;

8.     Confidentiality agreements

9.     Drafting terms and conditions and policy for online service providers;

10.  Licensing and assignment of intellectual property rights;

11.  Funding agreements and investment advice;

12.  Start up companies and investors;

13.  Online publishing; and

14.  Distribution and franchise agreements

Partner Benefits

  • Access to specialists in Intellectual Property
  • Working relationships with other IPRs professionals
  • IPR’s Health Checks
  • Regular seminars and briefing’s on IP matters
  • Advise Clinics- Free informal initial advice
  • Updates on the legal market

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Key Contact Details

Scott Kennedy

Cleaver Fulton Rankin

50 Bedford Street



+44 (0) 28 9027 1343

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