Appleyard Lees


Building a solid Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio is a key part of every high-growth technology startup company’s strategy. Appleyard Lees helped, guided, and supported us every step of the way, from filing initial patents before even founding the company, to drafting every patent filed during the lifetime of the company, and to an ultimate handover of responsibilities when IBM acquired us. Every step of the way Ian Robinson and David Clark were sensitive to the changing needs of the people and organizations involved; they worked very effectively with US patent representatives, with the UK, EU and US patent offices, each of which has very different characteristics, and with Transitive’s engineers, managers, and eventually our acquirers.

Appleyard  Lees holds a special place in my “little black book” of core people to work with on my future enterprises.

Alasdair Rawsthorne

Transitive Limited (acquired by IBM in June 2009)

We asked Appleyard Lees to produce an impartial report, based on the evidence presented with reference to the two sides of a trade mark dispute. The report and service received was swift and accurately produced. The follow up advice and service allowed us to successfully defend our trade mark. Many thanks to Appleyard Lees!

Piping Hot Piano

This was a fairly major reorganisation of our patents and you have made it a seamless exercise.


It is pleasure to work with you. Your professionalism, diligence and patience have impressed us so much.

Chinese attorney

I can’t recommend them enough, they are brilliant! They have a deep understanding of IP rights in our sector and therefore manage our account in a way that benefits us – Chambers & Partners 2015

Chambers & Partners 2015

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