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Stop someone using your intellectual property without permission by sending this cease and desist letter. Receiving a professional, succinct cease and desist is often enough to stop an offending party infringing your intellectual property rights. If not, you will have proof that you tried before resorting to the legal system. This letter covers details of the breach and an order to cease infringing action.

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When to use

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What it covers

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Further advice

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Reviewed by Brendon Christian of Christian. The Law Firm.*

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Brendon Christian | Christian. The Law Firm.

Reviewed by Brendon Christian of Christian. The Law Firm.*

Stop someone using your intellectual property without permission by sending this cease and desist letter. Receiving a professional, succinct cease and desist is often enough to stop an offending party infringing your intellectual property rights. If not, you will have proof that you tried before resorting to the legal system. This letter covers details of the breach and an order to cease infringing action.

When to use

Use this cease and desist letter

  • when you are the owner of intellectual property rights which have been infringed
  • when you have shared confidential information which has been unlawfully disclosed
  • to inform the person in breach of your identity, your rights and intention to enforce them

What it covers

This cease and desist letter covers

  • the rights owned, with a choice of:
    • copyright
    • trademark
    • patent
    • design right
    • confidential information
  • details of the breach
  • order to cease infringing action
  • order to deliver up or destroy all infringing materials
  • undertaking to stop infringing action in future
  • offer of licence (alternative remedy for copyright)
  • threat of further legal action

Further advice

Ask a lawyer if:

  • you want a cease and desist letter which does not relate to intellectual property
  • the recipient does not respond to this letter

*This does not guarantee that this document is suitable for your circumstances. Ask a lawyer to discuss your specific legal situation.

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This document is also sometimes called: Cease and desist trademark infringement letter.