About us

Established in 1852, Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm with a long history – but a modern outlook.

We have a talented, energetic and experienced team of over 45 patent and trade mark attorneys and specialist IP solicitors. We recruit the very best professionals who have a passion for their individual field areas of specialism, and enjoy diverse and challenging work.

We have a creative, friendly, ethical and supportive culture because we truly believe this helps our people deliver outstanding service to our clients, and that’s our number one priority.

Specialist areas

Electronics and software

Engineering and Physics

Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals

Life Sciences and Biotechnology

We support some of the world’s most innovative businesses and leading academic institutions, helping them to maximise the value of their intellectual property throughout its entire life cycle.

Clients include:

Appleyard Lees has a network of UK offices in Cambridge, Leeds, Halifax, Manchester and the Alderley BioHub, providing clients with expert strategic IP advice globally.

Services /

Practice areas

  • Patents
  • Trade Marks
  • Design and Copyright
  • IP Strategy
  • IP Disputes


If you are in the business of developing technology, we can help you protect and patent your innovation.

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Trade Marks

We can help you protect your product’s identity, identify the rights you own, maximise their value to your business and carry your unique message to the market.

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Design and Copyright

Designs and copyright are powerful and all-pervasive legal rights. We can help you protect both.

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IP Strategy

We can help you get the most from your intellectual property strategy in order to secure business advantage over your competitors.

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IP Disputes

We are experts in IP disputes, using all forms of specialist dispute resolution on a national and global level.

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IP Legal Support

We can provide you with access to a dynamic range of legal support services and expertise.

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Listening to your needs

Client satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do and our primary objective is to deliver the highest quality advice with outstanding client service. We recognise that every client is different, so we are dynamic and adaptable, and are able and willing to work around the needs of each one. We do not believe in the ‘one size fits all approach’. We listen to our clients’ needs and requirements so that we can tailor our service accordingly.

C l i e n t   s a t i s f a c t i o n

Primary objective

How we work

Every single person in our firm is committed to providing the very best service to our clients. We recognise that every client is different and so we are dynamic and adaptable. We will listen to your needs and tailor our service to deliver practical and commercial solutions that work for you.

This means that we have an unrivalled reputation for quality and professionalism and we have a fantastic track record of working with leading innovative businesses and prestigious academic institutions across the globe.

Our expertise means that we can provide a fully integrated approach to all aspects of IP. We are dedicated to ensuring that all our clients maximise the value of their IP throughout its entire life cycle.

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