How we can help: Intellectual property legal advice for every stage of the IP lifecycle
Our intellectual property solicitors can support you with:
Intellectual property strategy: A comprehensive audit and strategy service.
We will not only assess your existing intellectual property assets and advise on any protection you may need, but also put your intellectual property to work. We’ll take a holistic approach, helping you identify a strategy that capitalises on your existing IP, assists you in meeting your commercial objectives, and supports international expansion.
Intellectual property disputes: Expert advice from experienced negotiators.
We’ll guide you to the right process, using methods of alternative dispute resolution to help you avoid costly disputes. When litigation has a place in that process, we’ll make full use of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and its cost-effective and streamlined procedure to get you the best possible outcome.
IP licensing: Licensing out or in, nationally and across borders to support new routes to market.
We’ll help you make efficient use of intellectual property licensing so that your IP assets become more profitable, and you can make the most of third-party innovations, drafting and negotiating IP agreements that help you reduce risk and expand into new territories.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Choosing Harper James was one of the best choices we made as a start-up. The firm has provided invaluable advice and insight throughout the early stages of our business.
My colleagues and I have found them to be adept at dealing with the variety of challenges facing early stage companies. They are a trusted source for sound, sensible advice and practical deal management.
Harper James have become a vital part of our business. We get quality advice from experienced solicitors at prices that other firms do not appear to be able to match.
Friendly, competent lawyers
Commitment, value for money, a handle on expenses
I was looking for intelligent, fast feedback on things I couldn’t do myself. Every step of the way, Harper James have fulfilled that promise – they’ve been so responsive. It’s run as a business, not as a law firm. Anyone who’s been near a law firm knows the difference. It’s a real pleasure.
Fast, flexible access to specialists.
Over the years Harper James have helped us navigate complex legal issues and red tape, providing distilled options and legal consultancy that far exceeds the service levels we’ve previously experienced from more traditional law firms. The team act like our own in-house counsel so, regardless of which lawyer we work with, we feel supported and that they truly have our best interests at heart.
…very efficient and helpful, especially given that it was difficult logistically with most of the directors away!
Always great to have HJ on hand
9/10 Great communication and speed
Our scale of growth would not have happened without the support of Harper James.
Knowing you have that level of legal support enables any new business to be able to move forward with more confidence. With Harper James we have that – and more.
The on-demand service we get from Harper James allows us to combine their expertise with that of our own in-house counsel. It means we can get quick and trustworthy legal advice from specialists in every legal area, as and when we need it. There are no hidden extras and the service we have received has always demonstrated an awareness of our fast-moving commercial requirements.
Amanda and Gemma were extremely accommodating at the lack of time we could dedicate to supporting the trademark applications and utilised the data we supplied to complete the applications in a speedy timeframe which was very much appreciated.
Intellectual Property Applications & Agreements: Correctly drafted, expertly negotiated, and efficiently renewed
Our intellectual property solicitors can negotiate, draft and manage the full range of intellectual property licences, agreements and documents required for effective IP exploitation.
Our intellectual property management expertise includes (but is not limited to):
Patent prosecution: Your technological developments safeguarded.
Investing heavily in R&D? You need the right tools to protect your technological developments. Get legal advice from our patent prosecution experts who will advise you through each step of the process: application, examination, publication, opposition and registration of your patents.
Copyright: Remain compliant and successfully exploit your own creative.
Get the legal knowledge required to avoid infringement and the means to protect your own copyright works. Our intellectual property specialists will also help you commercialise your work, using licensing or assignment of copyright to get more from your intellectual property.
Trade marks: Differentiate your brand from the rest.
We’ll identify trade mark opportunities that will help distinguish your business. Plus, we’ll manage registration, renewal, assignment processes, and make sure any opposition, trade mark disputes or infringements that arise are handled efficiently to protect your reputation.
Design rights: Protect your aesthetic.
Your designs are in safe hands with our team of expert IP solicitors. By putting preventative measures in place, we can help stop the competition taking advantage and advise on any enforcement or opposition if required.
Utility models: Obtain the protection you need for novel products.
When you need to protect an invention fast, we’ll help you explore the option of utility models to keep you ahead of the curve. With the right IP legal advice, you’ll be able to police your innovations and make sure they’re sufficiently safeguarded.
Who we help: IP advice for small businesses, SMEs, start-ups, spin-outs and large companies
Whether you’re at the beginning of the IP lifecycle or you already have a considerable IP portfolio, our specialist intellectual property solicitors provide a tailored solution. We act for clients in various sectors, including:
- Information Technology
- Life sciences
Examples of our work
Our IP experts help artist Gladys cut out doubt and set up shop
15 March 2021
Like so many others, Gladys Holliday’s life changed dramatically in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. After overcoming personal obstacles and with the help of our …
Copycat-proofing your start-up: how to protect your intellectual property
3 February 2021
When starting out, your business and business ideas are your baby – processes, designs and products may be the result of years of ideation, testing …
Comparable trade marks: protecting your IP rights post-Brexit
27 January 2021
From Percy Pigs to postage, Brexit continues to pose challenges for UK businesses who trade with Europe, at home and abroad. One lesser-known area of …
Gorilla in our midst: helping Cauldron Science to scale their experiment builder
28 October 2020
Like many UK tech start-ups, Cambridge-based Cauldron Science have done battle against 2020’s hostile forces and come out on top. Coronavirus may have prevented many …
Protecting leading beauty brand Blow Ltd’s trade mark in Europe
26 October 2020
Harper James Solicitors has helped one of the UK’s leading beauty firms win a trade mark dispute which had the potential to unfairly damage its …
How we helped Tummy2Mummy win an abusive registration dispute
8 September 2020
Healthcare firm Tummy2Mummy has thanked Harper James Solicitors for our support in resolving an IP dispute. Run by midwife and sonographer Donna Grant, Tummy2Mummy carry …
Supporting world-leading Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to do its best work
2 September 2020
As the aerospace commercial arm of Cranfield University, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Limited (popularly known as CAeS) benefits from an impressive pedigree that stretches back almost …
Naturally Lady wins design rights dispute with Amazon seller thanks to our IP experts
20 August 2020
Entrepreneur Mariani Robinson was taken by surprise when Amazon removed six of her listings from its online marketplace. Her business Naturally Lady produces high-quality, eco-friendly …
The sky’s the limit for Oxford Space Systems
16 July 2020
AS their name suggests, Oxford Space Systems (OSS) work at the heart of some of the most cutting-edge technology imaginable. They even use origami as …
Our work with Warwick Music Group is instrumental in protecting and promoting its brilliant ideas
18 September 2019
When you come up with a ground-breaking idea – and find the confidence, passion, skills and team to make it a reality – you want to share it, but you also need to …
Why choose our intellectual property solicitors? Our solicitors’ IP experience
We’ve guided numerous companies from start-up and scale-up through to exit, helping them create value through their innovations. Our understanding of the investment and the venture capital sector is also second-to-none. We make sure you get the best IP protection and management that fits with your long-term strategic objectives.
As High Court litigators for top 50 private practices, our lawyers have in-depth experience taking patent and trade mark cases through to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
We’ll gladly work alongside your in-house counsel and current intellectual property solicitors or adopt a full-service approach if you prefer.
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Intellectual Property Solicitor
Amanda joined the firm in 2016 and has over ten years of experience in providing commercial and intellectual property services for clients.View profile
Intellectual Property Partner
Having previously worked at top 50 firm, Walker Morris, Lindsay specialises in IP strategy, dispute resolution and IP exploitation.View profile
IP, Commercial & Technology Associate Solicitor
Ed joins our commercial team and specialises in IT, IP and general technology related contracts, but can also advise on a range of commercial matters.View profile
Commercial Technology & Data Protection Solicitor
David is a commercial solicitor, specialising in technology and data protection. He joins us having worked as in-house counsel for the BBC and OUP.View profile
Intellectual Property Solicitor
Gemma advises primarily on trade mark protection, and she is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.View profile
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