Patent Protection & Management

Service overview: Patent prosecution and management solicitors

  • A patent isn’t always the most suitable or cost-effective way to protect your business’s intellectual property, but utilising our intellectual property strategy services, we can help you assess the best protection for your circumstances.
  • If you want to apply for patents, our patent experts can manage the process for you.
  • If you have existing patents, we can advise on the best way to exploit these, strengthen your protection, and manage your patent portfolio on an ongoing basis.
  • Market-disruptive companies, start-ups, high-growth companies and large multinationals all come to us for patents legal advice – and we have particular experience with patents in the technology and creative industries and university R&D spin-outs.

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.

Patent prosecution

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:

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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