Appleyard Lees


If you are in the business of innovation, then patents are a vital business tool. No matter which technical field you operate in, we have a technical specialist who can work with you to understand your invention in the context of your business, and advise you on the best strategy to suit your needs, whether that involves keeping competitors at bay, securing investment or pursuing licensing income.

Whether you are new to patents or already have a portfolio, we are able to offer audit and advice services to help you derive the maximum commercial advantage from your innovation.

We represent clients directly before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office and the World Intellectual Property Office, as well as having a network of long-standing trusted associates around the world.

We are proud to represent a significant number of clients – many of whom are household names – either directly or via instructions from overseas attorneys. They range in size from global corporations to Universities and smaller businesses located throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Of course, acquiring patent rights is only half the story, and we regularly advise clients how to protect their rights when faced with infringing activity. This can involve coordinating full scale litigation, if required, but more usually involves negotiating an agreed solution between the parties.

Of course, our clients can also face threats of infringement and we advise on strategies to minimise the disruption and damage to their business.

Barbara FleckPartner