Intellectual Property

Most businesses, principally due to advisory costs, have not accorded their IP portfolio the strategic significance it deserves. In a world where IP is omnipresent, doing sustainable business increasingly requires a pro-active IP agenda. Our accessibility allows our client to better identify, protect and monetise their IP portfolios. By making ourselves truly accessible to our clients, especially SMEs, we can guide all our clients through the full IP lifecycle - conception, registration, commercialisation, and, if need be, enforcement. We can help businesses derive the full value offered by their IP portfolio.

We advise on the full spectrum of IP matters to a world-class standard and yet are accessible to all businesses, big or small. Be it patents, industrial designs, utilities, know-how, copyright, trade secrets, trade names, trademarks or personality rights, we support our clients in realising the full potential of their ideas.


  • Technology Transfer
  • IP & Business Sale Transactions
  • Waivers and Releases
  • Image, Voice and Name Authorisations
  • IP Sharing Agreements
  • Settlement and Co-existence Agreements


  • Portfolio Management
  • Brand Strategy Protection
  • IP Audits & Due Diligence
  • IP Regulations
  • Employee IP Theft
  • Branding and Labelling Requirements
  • Enforcement (anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy and infringement claims)


  • Assignments
  • Licences
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Prosecution (filings, publications and registrations)
  • Oppositions (filings, submissions, hearings and appeals)
  • IP Clearance Searches & Opinions

Simon Bryan

Managing Director / Partner - GLS Law Firm

UAE / Singapore

+971 (0)4 333 1002

Indicative Experience

GCC: Advised clients from various sectors on the protection, prosecution and enforcement of hard and soft IP rights, managed, supervised and executed IP enforcement related operations in the GCC countries and negotiated co-existence, dispute resolution and out of court settlements.

GCC: Managed global IP portfolios for clients in various sectors including advertising, music, TV, FMCG, fashion and real estate. Advised on brand strategy, patent and copyright protection and registration and on labelling requirements and pharmaceutical regulations in the UAE.

UAE: Advised on the copyright licensing and protection of content and drafted a number of film production agreements (filming rights, director’s, writer’s, talent, release, and location agreements) for a leading Abu Dhabi based film production company.

UAE: Developed a precedent IP licensing agreement and advised on the IP ownership and registration requirements for an online platform provider of transportation services.

UK: Represented an SME in relation to its website compliance, drafted and adapted their website’s terms and conditions.

UK: Advised a healthcare company and drafted an assignment of patents.

UK: Advised a food company and drafted a non-disclosure agreement regarding the commercialisation of food recipes.

GCC: Managed court cases in the GCC countries regarding the infringement of the brands of international chains of hotels, restaurants and clubs, liaised with local counsel on litigating such cases and advised the clients on the legal strategies to be pursued.