Excellent IP advice for the Education Sector

Excellent IP advice for the Education Sector

Working for universities and other educational institutes requires a detailed knowledge of issues well beyond the technical matters arising from cutting edge developments in science and engineering. At Appleyard Lees we have experience of working with prestigious academic organisations throughout the UK and the across the world and have a proven track record of adding value to their IP portfolios by bringing an in-depth understanding of their technology and the sector.

  • Considerable experience with universities and spin-outs
  • Full range of technical expertise
  • Pragmatic, cost-conscious advice

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Our Experience

We have experience of assisting universities with activities such as:

  • Invention harvesting
  • Patentability analysis
  • Patent drafting & prosecution
  • Freedom to operate
  • Due diligence
  • Licensing
  • Spin-out formation
  • Litigation
  • Staff/student training
  • Opposition work

Our clients include many renowned institutions, including Russell Group universities. Some clients are active in forming spin-outs, while others prefer to seek licensing opportunities. Whatever their preferred strategy, we always aim to gain a full understanding of our clients’ technology and business aims, so that we can tailor our advice and service to maximise their commercial prospects and boost returns on investment.

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Our Experts

Our Education Team is headed up by Partners, Jennifer Delaney and Ean Davies. Ean and Jennifer act for a range of university clients, as well as supporting many corporate clients. This variety of experience allows them to bring commercial insight into their dealings with education sector clients.

Ean leads the electronics and engineering work for our university sector clients, and has particular expertise in electronics, telecommunications, defence systems and software.

Jennifer leads the chemistry and life sciences work for our education sector clients. She has a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry and a degree in natural sciences and works across a range of chemical subject matter.

Ean and Jennifer manage the relationships with many of our academic sector clients and fully understand the challenges they face. They appreciate the need to deliver clear, practical advice in a costly and timely manner. We are fortunate at Appleyard Lees to have a large number of patent attorneys across the whole spectrum of scientific and engineering disciplines who have themselves carried out academic research.

Many of our attorneys represent university clients and we can deal with the full range of technology areas from each our offices in Manchester, Leeds and Halifax.

Our attorneys have the legal, technical and commercial skills needed to make a real difference to our university clients and we thrive on the challenge of working in a sector which routinely produces inventions at the very forefront of technology.

Examples of our technical expertise in the university sector include:

  • Microwave technology
  • Healthcare
  • Medical devices
  • Encryption
  • Diagnostics
  • Telecommunications
  • Optics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Solar Cells
  • Photosensitisors
  • Screening assays
  • Vaccines
  • Plant science
  • Carbon storage


"We have used Appleyard Lees for 15 years now, and they are the only patent attorneys that we trust and use, therefore all of our IP goes through them. We are an R&D spin-out business in the chemical / personal care segments, and our business model is to generate IP which is robust enough for us to then licence it to larger corporations. Our IP portfolio is therefore our largest asset as a business, which makes the work we give to Appleyard Lees of very high value to us. Appleyard Lees handle all of our patent applications as well as our trademark applications."

Perachem Limited


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