Appleyard Lees

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Appleyard Lees is “a professional, reliable and highly competent firm, which leads clients to make good decisions about their patent applications. The quality of its work is of a high standard, requests are turned around very quickly and there is always somebody on the other end of the phone to coach you through complications”. With a network of strategically located bases in Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds, Halifax and the Biohub at Alderley Park, Cheshire, it has positioned itself at the heart of industry and innovation. Its overall share of granted EPO patents currently stands at an impressive 2.9% and it is known for the longstanding relationships it forges with its household-name clients such as Walmart.  Geneticist Simon Bradbury recently provided comprehensive patent support to BenevolentAI, Europe’s largest privately owned AI company. “Simon has a solid strategic approach and his in-house experience in large companies gives him a good understanding of business requirements. He can step in at a very early stage, facilitating open discussion in order to get things done.” Also on board is Bobby Smithson, who comes with academic credentials in both chemistry and law; he heads up the firm’s medical devices practice and assists companies such as PPG Industries and Smith & Nephew. “Bobby not only demonstrates a deep understanding of the legal and procedural aspects, but also an uncanny grasp of the technology. He provides indispensable guidance at every juncture and does so in a characteristically personable and approachable manner.”

Firm Profile

Appleyard Lees is a leading IP law firm, with over 50 patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and specialist solicitors.

The firm offers a commercially intelligent approach to client service, incorporating flexibility and adaptability. Appleyard Lees responds to specific client requirements in an agile way, providing a service tailored to clients’ needs.

With a global reach and local knowledge, Appleyard Lees are specialists in patents, trademarks, IP strategy, designs, copyright, contentious proceedings and disputes.

Appleyard Lees is positioned to give clients strategic IP advice in the United Kingdom and across the globe, from offices in UK innovation hotspots.

Strong client relationships

The firm has a fantastic track record of working with some of the world’s most exciting innovators, largest companies and household names, with a number of clients belonging to elite groups including the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 2000, FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and Forbes Global 2000.

Appleyard Lees’ clients operate across a diverse collection of industries, including chemicals, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, bio and life sciences, pharmaceuticals, metals and heavy industry, higher education and hospitality, leisure and tourism.

Appleyard Lees is equally proud of the role it has played in the development of high-growth start-up businesses.

Appleyard Lees supports a broad range of IP owners and creators, including in-house teams, R&D specialists, owner-managers and branding professionals. Appleyard Lees helps clients protect and monetise their IP assets and manage pre and post-grant challenges, should they arise.

Appleyard Lees firm has a collegiate ethos. It strives to fully understand its clients’ IP goals specifically, as well as their commercial goals generally. Appleyard Lees is recognised for fostering and maintaining close-knit, longstanding client relationships, particularly with large multinational organisations.

Highly specialised and commercial legal team

Appleyard Lees is a market-leading firm with an impressive roster of professionals that include patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and specialist IP solicitors, some of whom are dual-qualified. Appleyard Lees has great credibility within the market as attorneys are able to assess and anticipate clients’ comprehensive needs across the full spectrum of IP matters, including prosecution, litigation and transactional work.

The Appleyard Lees patent team comprises professionals with hybrid academic backgrounds, PhDs and industry experience. Attorneys’ specialisms cover a range of the latest technologies.

Appleyard Lees’ team of accomplished trademark attorneys serves one of the most diverse client rosters in the market. The firm’s clients operate across a broad range of industries, including chemical, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical, metals and heavy industry.

Driving and supporting innovation

As a firm, Appleyard Lees is proud to drive innovation and to give back through the Appleyard Lees Growth Fund. The fund has been created to allow high-potential start-ups to grow commercially and allow their products and ideas to reach the market. Grants from the Appleyard Lees Growth Fund are awarded on a case-by-case basis to companies with winning ideas, a track record of innovation and a sound strategic approach.

Firm culture

The firm recruits the very best professionals who have a passion for their individual areas of specialism. All of Appleyard Lees’ people are supported to develop in their roles with the objective of continuously improving client service.

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