Intellectual Property Strategy

Key facts: IP strategy solicitors

  • Intellectual property (IP) is a business asset and you need a comprehensive plan to protect it and maximise its value.
  • Defining and developing an IP strategy for your company may consist of identifying the best form of protection, plus leverage to exploit your IP assets.
  • Our IP strategy solicitors can holistically review your portfolio and provide legal advice on the best forms of protection and exploitation across various international jurisdictions.
  • Patents aren’t always the best protection strategy for all your IP: you’ll need to consider other methods like trade marks, trade secrets, registered designs or utility models.

What we do: Intellectual property strategy solicitors

Protecting your intellectual property is one of the most important aspects of your business. Your patents, trade marks and copyright material should all be properly protected to avoid future complications and maximise your company value.

If you’re new to the world of intellectual property rights, you might not have the information you need, or may have been misinformed about intellectual property protection. This can make the process needlessly expensive and leave your most important assets in a vulnerable state.

Our intellectual property solicitors and other IP specialists can offer you a unique intellectual property strategy for your business, in advance of any protection, to help avoid this and control the overall cost. We’ll look at which rights are most valuable, appropriate and cost-effective for your business objectives, for your business internationally and the potential costs right from the start of the process, so you’re clear on the range of intellectual property rights you should have in place up front.

Each form of intellectual property right serves a different purpose.  Our intellectual property strategy solicitors are experts in many different indicators, including:

  • Patents
  • Utility models
  • Design protection
  • Copyright
  • Databases
  • Open source software
  • Trade marks
  • Trade secrets

As part of our strategic advice, we conduct prior art searches to help define the specific novelty in your intellectual property and address any ‘freedom to operate’ issues.

We’ll explain in simple terms how intellectual property protection will serve your business interests and your commercial objectives.

Existing IP portfolio reviews and audits

If you already have intellectual property rights, we’ll audit your existing rights (including terms of intellectual property related agreements) and advise on improvements, savings and ongoing management.
If your business is an SME, you may be eligible for funding from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for an IP audit. You will need to apply for funding through one of the IPO’s IP audit partners (Enterprise Europe Network, Scottish Enterprise or the Welsh Government). If you are eligible, the IPO will contribute £2,600 for your IP audit, meaning you would only pay £400. Our IP strategy lawyers can help you with this.

International IP strategy advice

Our intellectual property strategy solicitors will assess the best jurisdiction for filing your intellectual property and plan a strategy to anticipate your company’s growth internationally. We’ll estimate the cost of that strategy up front so you’re clear on the costs and what’s required.

Free legal guides and FAQs in our Advice Centre

The Intellectual Property section of our Advice Centre houses a wealth of content advising on different areas of IP, which can help you understand how we’ll improve your IP strategy. Read some of our most popular IP advice content here:

Watch our video on how to turn a trade mark dispute into an opportunity to strengthen your IP strategy:

Who we help: IP strategies for start-ups, spinouts, entrepreneurs and medium to large companies

We work with all types of businesses that have IP, from start-ups to large corporations – whether they’re just in the development stages of IP, or they have existing IP portfolios to manage and protect.

Some of the sectors our IP strategy lawyers specialise in include:

  • High-growth technology companies
  • Research organisations
  • Innovative major retail brands
  • Investors

Whether you need help to identify your IP, establishing IP ownership, enforcing your rights or making money from your IP, we can help.

You don’t have to have a patentable invention either – we work with many companies that need other IP protection such as trade marks, design rights, copyright protection and even image rights.

Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:

City

Straightforward access to senior solicitors from £200 per hour.

An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive 'City' partner-level expertise at a fraction of 'City' prices.

Enterprise

Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.

A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.

On-Demand

For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.

Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.

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A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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