bto solicitors - Corporate & Commercial Business Lawyers Glasgow Edinburgh Scotland

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Technology and Intellectual Property

The Technology and IP team works in a range of business sectors including technology, energy and renewables, recruitment, engineering, drinks, retail, hospitality, social housing, the voluntary sector, local government and creative industries.

Our team specialises in providing pragmatic and effective advice on a wide range of intellectual property and technology matters. We pride ourselves on being able to offer both contentious and non-contentious support to our clients enabling us to offer a holistic service to our clients.

We regularly advise on copyright, trade mark and design matters including licensing, sale and purchase or rights, infringement, royalty disputes and commercialisation and exploitation of intellectual property.

The expertise within the team allows us to assist clients on projects from start to finish in drafting and revising contracts, commercialising work, completing deals and entering into partnerships and ensuring that they can protect and defend their rights, in court, if necessary.

We also offer UK trade mark registration and opposition services to our clients and often appear at Intellectual Property Office tribunal hearings.

We are regularly instructed to assist clients in development, licensing and sale of technology and software and the protection of their rights in this sphere including advising on joint ventures, working with third parties and putting in place non-disclosure agreements.

Paul Motion, Partner, who heads the versatile niche team, is a Solicitor Advocate and data protection specialist. He was board member and immediate past Chairman of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law until 2012. He chaired the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Committee between 2000 and 2016.

Uniquely, Paul has since 2009 presented events on stage annually at the Edinburgh Fringe in relation to the legal issues of interest to the performing arts such as copyright, parody, legal issues relating to Twitter and cyber crime.

Lynn Richmond, Partner, is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Intellectual Property and was a director of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law for over 10 years.

Download our Technology and Intellectual Property team brochure here

Intellectual Property Law Consultancy Services

We also offer intellectual property consultancy services for other solicitors and professionals who do not offer IP advice, for firms which may wish to involve external specialists in certain aspects of a particular case or transaction and for firms which do offer IP services, but find that on occasions they are unable to act due to a conflict of interest.

Our bespoke service on IP matters enables you to enhance the portfolio of legal services that you can offer your clients.  It could also save your clients time and money in the long run and will address risk management concerns from your perspective.  

Download our Intellectual Property Law Consultancy Services brochure here

Contact: Paul Motion, Partner & Accredited Specialist in Data Protection and FOI Law: / 0131 222 2939

Lynn Richmond, Partner, Accredited Specialist in IP & Certified Specialist in Cyber Security: / 0131 222 2939


  • Trade mark, copyright and other IP protection

Trade mark, copyright and other IP protection

  • Trade mark registration

Trade mark registration

  • Advising on IP infringement – pursuing and defending claims

Advising on IP infringement – pursuing and defending claims

  • Website and domain name disputes

Acted for a short term loans lender in very complex website and domain name case with concurrent disputes before Court of Session, WIPO/ICANN, Nominet DRS, DMCA/ChillingEffects.

  • Design rights disputes

Design rights disputes re shop fittings, street furniture, fabrics.

  • Sale and acquisition of IP

Sale and acquisition of IP 

  • Licensing Agreements

Licensing Agreements

  • Website agreements

Dealing with a range of agreements relating to the development, hosting and support of websites.

  • Book publishing agreements

Advising on a book publishing contracts.

  • Digitisation

Advising a major Scottish charity on the digitisation of its archives and the exploitation of its IP.

  • Advising on complex transactions between organisations

Advising on aspects of a complex transaction (including IP) whereby a UK software company was acquired by a US organisation. The team also advised a bespoke software developer in the North of Scotland who was seeking to raise private and public investment funding.

  • Drafting and advising on terms and conditions and service level agreements

Drafting and advising on terms and conditions and service level agreements

  • Software contracts

Software contracts



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  • "certainly puts the hours in, contributing to the life of the IT sector in Scotland."

    Chambers UK
  • "courteous and considerate’ and gives ‘excellent guidance."

    The Legal 500
  • "BTO is an excellent firm."

    BTO client
  • "The team really puts the client first and has expertise across a range of issues. I cannot rate them highly enough."

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Contact BTO


  • 48 St. Vincent Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 5HS
  • T:+44 (0)141 221 8012
  • F:+44 (0)141 221 7803


  • One Edinburgh Quay
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9QG
  • T:+44 (0)131 222 2939
  • F:+44 (0)131 222 2949