What we do: Utility model solicitors
One way of properly protecting your unique technology or inventions here in the UK and internationally is via a patent application. However, a utility model application is another way to protect your intellectual property without the higher costs normally associated with patent applications.
Our intellectual property solicitors can advise you on making a utility model application and explain the process clearly for you step-by-step. We can offer the full range of utility model services, including:
- Advising on the suitability of utility models vs. patents
- Searches on novelty and infringement
- Drafting and filing applications
- Amendment and ongoing management of utility models
- Transfer, licencing and acquisition of utility model rights
- Defence and litigation for infringement
- Defence and litigation for revocation
- Opposition and contesting the grant of third parties’ utility model applications
We’ll also work with you to make sure your inventions are fully protected by the most appropriate form of intellectual property, as well as ensuring your exploiting your IP to its maximum potential. Read more about our Intellectual Property Strategy service. Additionally, if you’re involved in an intellectual property dispute, we can offer expert legal advice on resolving any difficulties.
We can help you make utility model applications in over 50 countries, including:
See the WIPO site for a full list of applicable countries.
Who we help: UK businesses and entrepreneurs with IP to protect internationally
If you’re a UK business looking to protect your inventions or technology internationally, we can advise on the best intellectual property strategy for you, whether this is utility models, patents, designs rights or another form of protection.
We specialise in market-disruptive companies and innovative industries, from SMEs and start-ups to university R&D spin-outs and large multinationals.
Why choose Harper James Solicitors? Our utility model application experience
Our intellectual property solicitors have many years of experience in searching, preparing and reviewing utility models, especially to help SMEs in their strategic development overseas.
We can also advise you on your inventions and the best protection for them, whether that be via a patent application or going down the more cost-effective route of utility model protection.
Our experts have all been recruited from top 100 UK law firms or from large international businesses. They each have more than 10 years post-qualifying experience. Find out more about our utility model solicitors here:
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
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
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 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
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The team provide great support throughout the funding process, providing straightforward and clear guidance on the issues to be addressed at each stage. The team was always at hand to make sure that that we understood what needed to be done to reach a successful outcome.
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Harper James swiftly solves problems with a minimum of fuss. I strongly recommend them and they are a pleasure to work with.