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:
- Utility models
- Design protection
- 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:
- Intellectual Property FAQs
- Patents FAQs
- Trade Marks FAQs
- Copyright FAQs
- Utility Model FAQs
- Registered Design Rights FAQs
- Brexit and Your Trade Marks: What To Expect
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
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.
Why choose Harper James as your intellectual property strategy solicitors?
Some of our IP strategy solicitors and specialists have actually been listed amongst the world’s top intellectual property strategists. Our IP strategists have worked in top 100 firms as well as in-house, advising clients in many countries and jurisdictions.
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 Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.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
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:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
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.
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.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Easy to work with, quick responses, quick feedback if changes needed, gets things done. We consider the arrangement very worthwhile for Storelectric and would recommend to others.
Tallat Azad, MD
Twipes really felt as though we were being treated personally, rather than just customers: that is the great Harper James Experience.
Alborz Bozorgi, Co-Founder
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.
Veejay Lingiah, CEO
9/10 Great communication and speed
Graham Payne , Head of Aircraft Maintenance Group
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions
First class service – initial advice very good and then delivery on said advice. Wasn't a complicated request but can't fault the service and Lindsay would always be my go to contact for any legal work in the UK
Bruce Haxton, Founder
The Tuk Tuk Club
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.
Jenny James, COO