What we do: Patent prosecution and management
For many companies, IP management is confusing and time-consuming. Businesses often assume patents are the best form of protection and consequently file and maintain patent applications in lieu of more appropriate and cost-effective forms of protection. We see this often and it can lead to unnecessary expense, weak protection and worthless IP.
Consequently, our first duty to you is to help you assess whether patents are in fact the most suitable protection for your IP – this is part of our IP strategy service. If they are, then we can manage the application and filing process for you via our patent specialists, and/or help you effectively manage your existing patents.
If patents are definitely the right IP protection for your assets, our patent lawyers can help secure the most effective patent protection for your intellectual property portfolio.
We can help you from beginning to end:
- Establish whether your invention meets the criteria to be patentable
- Conduct extensive searches for existing patents and prior art
- Advise you on, apply for and file patents across international jurisdictions, such as through the European Patent Convention, the Patent Co-Operation Treaty (PCT) and the Eurasian Patent Convention
- Advise you on, apply for and file for a Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) to extend terms of your patent across various EU states
- Revise your application or existing patent grant if your invention has changed
- Manage your patent renewals
Patent management solicitors & IP strategy
Through our intellectual property management and strategy service, we can appraise your existing IP and plan for the most cost effective form of protection for you, whether that’s patents, trade marks, registered designs, copyright or trade secrets.
We consider all forms of IP and can file new applications, maintain existing applications and draft all the necessary documents and agreements for you.
Importantly, we also provide you with regular, clear and simple status updates, as well as a full review of the costs, forecasts and summaries for all your internal and external reporting obligations.
As well as strategy, we also advise on maximising the profitability of your patents.
Who we help: Patents for tech start-ups, SMEs & large businesses
We work for clients in IT, healthcare, life sciences, engineering, telecommunications, ecommerce, retail and much more.
Businesses of all sizes, from entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs to large multinationals, benefit from our unique remote-operating model which in turn enables our transparent low-cost pricing packages.
Why choose Harper James Solicitors? Our patents experience
Our intellectual property team have guided numerous companies from start-up through to exit, as well as experience of taking patent and trade mark cases through to the High Court and Court of Appeal.
We also have a great understanding of the investment and the venture capital sector, so we make sure our advice fits with your long-term strategic objectives.
Our solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or large international businesses, and each have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience. Find out more about our patents team here:
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
Senior 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 Associate
Gemma advises primarily on trade mark protection, and she is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.View profile
IP, Commercial & Technology Associate
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 £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.
What our clients say
We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service for clients, but don’t just take our word for it.
Our solicitor has been a great support and really understands our business and beliefs.
Andrew Hopkinson, CEO and Founder
Our solicitor at Harper James is excellent, with a great grasp of the law. But more importantly, he has a very astute business acumen where he is able to advise on the practical and strategic angle and not simply the legal side.
Joe Luong, CEO
Commitment, value for money, a handle on expenses
Yolanda Elena May, 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
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.
Leigh Purnell, CEO