Appleyard Lees

IP Strategy

At Appleyard Lees, our attorneys have extensive experience of the core IP skills such as helping our clients to protect their patent, design and trade mark rights and advising on disputes with third parties.  Over the years, we have adapted to provide additional services which complement these core skills.  We recognise that as Intellectual Property becomes an increasingly important commercial tool, outstanding corporate support requires attorneys or teams of attorneys who provide core skills together with complementary services such as:

  • Strategy

    A corporate strategy is critical to maximise the value of your IP portfolio and to optimise the return on your IP investment.  We can work with you to develop a strategy which ensures you obtain the best results within your budget

  • In-house support

    Our attorneys have worked closely with in-house IP departments for years and many of our attorneys have themselves worked in-house.  We thus have a good understanding of the issues which are more common in industry than in private practice.   Furthermore, if additional interim support on site is required, we offer a variety of cost-effective terms to suit your needs.

  •  Open innovation

    Are you looking to work with other entities in a collaboration?  We have experience of the workings of such “open innovation” and can offer guidance and support to help you optimise your collaboration strategy.

  • Renewals

    We offer an “all under one roof” service by handling the regular renewal fees which are necessary to maintain your IP rights.

  • Searching

    We help you determine which searches will provide you with the best information, for example to find out whether your innovation is new or you are free to use your preferred brand.

  • Due diligence

    Are you taking over a company or planning an exit?  Perhaps you’re launching a new product or a new brand.  We can support you through due diligence exercises and offer pragmatic advice of dealing with any risks which are identified.

  • Training

    We believe in demystifying IP for our clients and many of our attorneys are enthusiastic lecturers on all aspect of IP.   Training sessions can be tailored to your requirements, for example on a one-to-one basis or to your team.

  • Insolvency support

    Our team can generate reports and advise on a company’s intellectual property when the company becomes insolvent.

Are you taking over a company or planning an exit?  Perhaps you’re launching a new product or a new brand.  We can support you through due diligence exercises and offer pragmatic advice of dealing with any risks which are identified.

Robert CummingPartner

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