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Intellectual property lawyers

“Clarke Wilmott gave us exceptional and thorough advice that helped us understand any problems we face as a company with regard to IP.”
Chambers UK 2017

What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

Intellectual Property (IP) is the key asset for many businesses. Without knowledgeable and proactive legal advice and a clear IP strategy, businesses may fail to protect their IP rights, leaving themselves without effective protection in cases of IP infringement. Effective IP protection can also help increase the profitability of your business.

Trade marks, patents, registered designs, copyright, the law of passing off, and some lesser known rights such as plant breeders rights, are all forms of intellectual property right protection.

Our intellectual property services

Our team of intellectual property lawyers are experts in UK and EU intellectual property law. Through their extensive knowledge, they can support you in managing your IP so you can translate the innovation and creativity of your business into commercial success.

We regularly advise on:

  • Trade mark and registered design filings, both in the UK and EU, using our integrated filing practice
  • IP litigation including patent, copyright, design right and trade mark litigation and passing off
  • Brand protection programmes, including developing anti-counterfeiting strategies
  • Copyright and other IP rights clearances for inclusion of material in TV programmes, films, websites or other media, including advertising
  • Trade mark and design revocation proceedings
  • Assignments of IP and joint ventures involving IP
  • Intellectual property licences

Our specialist intellectual property lawyers

Our IP specialists are leaders in their field and ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK legal directories. Not only is our legal advice second to none, it is also exceptional value and we offer competitive pricing across the board.

We work with world famous brands, such as ghd, Fred Perry and UGG, as well as start-ups, and our clients include app and software developers, software consultancy businesses, franchisors and franchisees.

What our clients say about us

“We have been using the services of the IP team at Clarke Willmott since 2008 and they have provided value in shaping ACCA’s global trade mark protection and enforcement policy. …the team are focused on customer delivery and adding value over and above providing sound and commercial expertise.”


I have worked with Roy Crozier for a number of years on anti-counterfeiting and other intellectual property matters. He has the ability to apply practical and technical legal solutions in a manner which demonstrates his commercial awareness of the realities involved in doing business whilst protecting and exploiting valuable IP assets. I would not hesitate to recommend Roy and his team to other leading brands.

Andrew Pitter Legal Counsel, Deckers (UGG)

We have a strong relationship with Clarke Willmott, as we have been a client of one of the firm’s Partners, Roy Crozier, for more or less 10 years.  With him and his team, we have been successfully guided through many difficult national and international IP related disputes without fail.  Our counterparts in these disputes have often been large multi-national companies. Clarke Willmott offer us an almost tailor-made or boutique type of legal service yet one which covers many aspects of our legal needs, which we believe is a unique offering

Fred Perry

Susan Hall is “a superb lawyer – clever and yet commercial. A rare combination.”

Liz Ward, CEO, Virtuoso Legal

Contact an intellectual property lawyer

If you would like to find out more about how intellectual property advice can support your business, you can contact Roy Crozier or Susan Hall directly using the details given on their profile pages, or by calling 0800 652 8025.

You can also read more about our team and their services in our Intellectual Property brochure.

Clarke Willmott has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton and we provide IP advice both to clients located within the UK and around the world.