Authors: Rachel Montagnon, Professional Support Consultant, Laura Deacon, Of Counsel, and Joanna Silver, Senior Associate, Intellectual Property, London
A recent case reminded us that a range of IP issues can sometimes be overlooked when purchasing development sites. Some relevant questions that purchasers may not immediately consider include:
- Does the development have a distinctive name or logo?
- Is there a website associated with the development?
- Are there social media accounts that specifically relate to the development?
- Do you have permission to use the architect’s drawings to promote the development?
If any of the above apply, intellectual property issues could cause problems if not identified early on.