Intellectual Property Audits

Effectively protect and exploit your business assets with a thorough IP audit.

Most businesses generate valuable IP on a daily basis, but many don’t realise it. Understanding what IP you own, what steps you need to take to protect it and how you can exploit it commercially with a comprehensive IP audit will unlock value in your business.

Audit your IP to understand what you own, how to protect it and how to maximise value

Our team of intellectual property solicitors can support you by:

  • Undertaking a systematic review of your IP portfolio. We will consider what IP we would expect your business to generate and engage with key stakeholders to clearly map your entire IP portfolio.
  • Assessing the IP you use, including your business name, branding, copyright, trade marks, designs, patents, know-how, trade secrets, domain names, websites and databases.
  • Considering whether your IP is sufficiently protected and making recommendations as to how you can better protect it.
  • Supporting you with applications and renewals of registrations at the UK Intellectual Property Office or offices further afield in respect of a range of rights such as patents and trade marks.
  • Reviewing your key commercial contracts such as terms and conditions and licences and considering your arrangements with third parties.
  • Highlighting any risks, for example in relation to unregistered rights, potential disputes, or correcting defects in title (ownership).
  • Identifying key commercial opportunities, such as obtaining or selling IP, or licensing IP in or out.
  • Supporting you with any subsequent negotiations and drafting documents to purchase IP assets, transfer rights or resolve disputes.
  • Considering any intra-group sharing of IP and drafting intra-group licences to help you avoid unregulated sharing of IP.
  • Developing your future IP strategy and creating policies and protocols for use going forward.
  • Assisting you with preparing your business for sale or investment where applicable.

What are the benefits of conducting an IP audit?

To protect, develop and exploit your IP, you need to know what you have. Intellectual property can be complex and it’s easy to lose track of what’s been developed over time without completing a thorough IP audit.

An IP audit will identify whether you’re benefiting from all the protection available to you and will identify whether any registrations require renewal or whether there are any issues that need resolving.

We’ll look for ways you could generate additional revenue through exploiting your own IP or by utilising third party IP.

We’ll identify possible areas of risk, such as potential issues with third party IP, and create a strategy to overcome them.

With a complete IP audit, we’ll help you understand your intellectual property’s monetary worth, adding value to your business.

Who we help: Innovative businesses from a variety of industries

Every single business generates IP and will benefit from an IP audit, regardless of where your business is at in its lifecycle. We support a wide range of UK-based business in innovative industries where the effective protection and utilisation of intellectual property is crucial.

We regularly work with clients in the creative industries, IT and technology, manufacturing and engineering as well as emerging technologies such as AI. We advise clients of all shapes and sizes, from university spinouts and start-ups to SMEs and large multi-nationals.

Whether you’re a start-up looking to scale, or an established business seeking more growth, we offer accessible business legal services with an integrated approach across the team so that you know we have a wider view of your overall commercial aims and can help you achieve them, whatever your legal requirements.

Examples of our work

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

Our intellectual property solicitors have a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge across the whole spectrum of IP issues, from registrations to exploitation and dispute resolution, meaning we’re perfectly placed to conduct IP audits and support you in developing your IP strategy.

Our unique remote-working business model means that you can access high quality legal advice from partner-level solicitors at a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms. All our lawyers are recruited from top 100 UK law firms or from large international businesses and have advised clients both as external advisors and as in-house IP/brand management counsel.

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Pricing plans

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 £125 per hour.

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


Providing you with priority access to a dedicated panel of highly experienced solicitors.

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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