Gordon MacRae IP

Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, Design Rights, Data Protection, Commercial, Corporate

Who we are.

Gordon MacRae & Co Ltd  (“GMC”) is a solicitor’s consultancy, based in Edinburgh.  GMC specialises in provision of legal advice on Intellectual Property Data Protection and Commercial matters. The Company provides top quality legal advice to its clients on intellectual property, data protection. GMC also provides advice on commercial and corporate matters. This is achieved at the most economic possible cost by leveraging technology and experience.


Patent Services

Gordon MacRae & Co can provide advice and assistance with all post grant patent matters such as infringement matters or the licensing or sale of patents and where patent protection is being sought, can assist with the selection of a firm of Patent Attorneys to carry out the patent application work.

Trademark Services

Gordon MacRae & Co can provide the full range of trademark advice and services from handling an initial trademark application through to dealing with trademark infringement matters, or the licensing or sale of registered or unregistered trademarks. Brand management is an increasingly important aspect of business on which Gordon MacRae & Co can advise and assist its clients.

Copyright Advice

Copyright protection can arise in relation to a wide range of products and services. It is a complex area of law and as with all areas of commercial ad intellectual property law it is recommended that specialist advice is sought at the earliest possible time. Gordon MacRae & Co is able to bring extensive knowledge and experience to bear in advising on any copyright matter such as: copyright protection, licences, assignations or assignments and copyright infringement issues.

Data Protection Services

Data Protection advice including: general data protection advice; data protection policy advice;review and revisal of contract terms on data protection; corporate data protection matters and cross-border data protection advice.

Commercial Contracts and E-commerce Services

Gordon MacRae & Co are interested in ensuring that its clients gain as much protection and risk reduction as possible. This is achieved by the provision of intellectual property, commercial and contract services that enable the client to commercialise their intellectual property in an optimal and appropriate way whilst ensuring that their key commercial agreements are sufficiently well documented with soundly concluded commercial contracts and any other commercial documentation required. We can advise on and assist with all types of commercial contracts. Typical examples include: patent and trademark assignations, assignments or licences; agency, supply and distributorship contracts; supply of goods and services terms and conditions; software and website development and licensing contracts; university spinout agreements; collaboration and commercialisation agreements; outsourcing agreements and franchising agreements.

Corporate Services

Corporate advice on: the formation of companies, the settlement of shareholders’ agreements and the acquisition or sale of companies and due diligence services for sales or acquisitions in particular for companies dealing with or holding intellectual property.

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Heavy Industry

Before establishing Gordon MacRae & Co Ltd Chris MacRae worked as a senior associate in a number of leading private practice law firms advising owners, Directors and commercial managers operating in various heavy industries including the oil & gas industry in Aberdeen, the aluminium production industry and conventional and renewable energy production. This invaluable experience of the negotiation and settlement of significant commercial contracts and intellectual property matters within these sectors and in business generally is now being fully utilised in the services Gordon MacRae & Co are pleased to provide to its clients.


With over fourteen years experience in advising a broad range of businesses to assist them with their intellectual property and commercial matters Chris MacRae established Gordon MacRae & Co to ensure its clients receive the benefit of this extensive and unique experience through the full range of high quality commercial and intellectual property services provided by the company.

Software and E-Commerce

Developments in the software and in the E-commerce sectors are constantly evolving and with over sixteen years experience of software, web design and e-commerce contracts and related matters Chris MacRae has the ability and experience to ensure clients of Gordon MacRae & Co are well advised and assisted when working in this sector or receiving services from companies within this sector.

Intellectual Property.

Intellectual Property covers the full range of types of rights and obligations that can be used to protect all sorts of creative endeavour. The main rights include: Patents, Copyright, Design Rights, Registered Design Rights, Trademarks and a host of more specific rights such as topography rights and plant breeder’s rights.


Corporate matters include subjects such as: the formation and management of companies, the settlement of shareholders’ agreements and the acquisition or sale of companies.


Commercial work generally and commercial contract work in particular is an important area of law that affects all businesses. It is an area of particular significance to any business that has intellectual property due to the positive or adverse effects agreements may have on the existence of and the ability to exploit the relevant intellectual property right. Gordon MacRae & Co can bring extensive and high value commercial contract negotiation experience to bear in advising and assisting its clients with commercial matters and the settlement of commercial agreements with suppliers, customers, bankers or any other third parties.