Protecting your intellectual property is an investment, Ellis IP is committed to ensuring each service we offer adds value to your business. We tailor our approach to your individual needs and requirements, and remain agile as those needs evolve over time. Below is a selection of the value-adding services we provide.
Innovation is key to remaining competitive, a patent allows you to secure your competitive edge, at least for some time. As UK and European Patent Attorneys we represent clients from start-ups to multinationals. Ellis IP draft and prosecute* patents protecting inventions across a wide range of scientific applications.
As a boutique firm we are flexible and agile, we offer each of our clients a value-adding service suited to their scientific area and commercial requirements. Contact us to explore how we would build our approach around your needs.
*Prosecuting a patent is the process of amending your application in light of, and/or arguing against, objections raised by a patent office.
Apple® was ranked as the most valuable brand in the world in 2018 at $1 trillion, needless to say, trade marks are valuable. You work incredibly hard to grow your brand and want to be confident another cannot easily copy or ‘pass-off’ products or services using your reputation. Trade marking in the UK, EU and further afield is a relatively low-cost exercise which affords a higher degree of protection for your brand.
Contact us to discuss trade marking or if you feel someone maybe infringing or passing off your brand.
A registered design protects the appearance of a product, rather than its function or construction. The Ellis IP team are experienced in protecting designs in the UK, Europe, and further afield. Contact us for more information on how and why to protect your design.
The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has recognised the need to provide SME businesses with a financial support programme for assistance with IP guidance and does this by way of the IP Audits Plus programme. This programme has been developed to help SME businesses identified as having growth potential receive the right guidance through advice from qualified IP organisations and to understand the IP services required as their business develops. Ellis IP are approved for IP Audit Plus delivery. The UK IPO provide £2500, which is topped up by you to £3000.
Contact us to discuss the eligibility of your business and how we can tailor an IP audit to offer you the greatest commercial benefit. Further information can be found on our IP Audit blog.
As well as protecting IP, it is equally important when launching a new product or service in any given territory that you assess the risk of infringing another entities IP rights. A freedom to operate (FTO) search is important even if the product or service you wish to launch is not protected by IP. An FTO search should consider all relevant established IP rights in your territory(ies) of focus. It is also important to consider the possibility of IP rights being extended from territories outside the regions you are interested in, into the regions you are interested in.
Our team includes IP experts with technical backgrounds, who are experienced in searching IP registers globally. By conducting searches internally (as opposed to out-sourcing the work) a deeper qualitative understanding of results can be expressed directly to attorneys, which in turn allows us to efficiently offer comprehensive Freedom to Operate advice.
Contact us to learn more about our approach to Freedom to Operate searches and advice.
Intellectual Property rights are essential to safeguarding the innovation pipeline of your business, but are also valued by the UK government as revenue generated from your IP assets benefit our economy. You can be rewarded via the ‘Patent Box’ scheme which incentivises R&D and IP rights creation by taxing revenue (protected by IP) at a lower rate of corporation tax. Contact us to begin exploring if your IP protected revenue streams may be eligible.
IP due diligence is essential for an investor looking to purchase IP assets in one form or another, or for an entity wishing to be a licensee of an IP asset. It is also recommended for any company wishing to sell or licence their IP assets to conduct due diligence. Due diligence almost always includes an audit of IP asset quality, validity and ownership. It is equally important to assess if there is ‘freedom to operate’ with respect to each IP asset in relevant territories.
Ellis IP team members are intellectual property law experts, but also have unique and varied backgrounds - from completing MBAs to working in technology transfer and investment. Our attorneys are well positioned to understand the due diligence requirements, as well as the general considerations, of investors and licensees. Contact us to explore how we can approach IP due diligence to suit your needs.
Each of our legal practitioners have in-house experience (employed by a company to act only for that company). In-house practise differs from private practise as advice is centred on the interests of the business as a whole, while they are also experts in identifying and harvesting valuable innovations (as opposed to simply protecting those innovations). SME’s would often benefit from this commercially focused IP advice, but have not yet grown large enough to employ a full-time in-house attorney.
Ellis IP offers an out-sourced in-house style attorney service. A dedicated Ellis IP attorney (or team of attorneys) can offer a range of non-case specific services such as: guiding your business decisions to optimise the value of your IP, harvesting inventions (IP capture), articulating your IP position/strategy to investors, auditing your internal IP processes or training. Our services can be retained for 1 day per month upwards. Contact us to explore how a retained in-house style service could drive value in your business.
In the case of contracts, licensing and litigation IP attorneys require the support of solicitors. We understand that disjuncture can occur when separate organisation work towards the same goal on behalf of client. For this reason, we work under a formal partnership with MBM Commercial, an entrepreneurially minded firm of solicitors with strong and proven experience in IP law. This partnership means a cross-discipline legal team is ready to work seamlessly on your behalf with agility, clarity and efficiency, often at a time which is pivotal for your business.
Our team has considerable experience of commercial IP strategy implementation for both start-up and large businesses and can help you develop or introduce any or all aspects of IP strategy, IP innovation, IP training and IP management processes within your own organisation. We can do this on different levels tailored to meet your specific budget requirements and desired outcomes.
Almost any business has some form of Intellectual Property and the management of these IP assets in a cost-effective way requires planning. This plan or IP strategy should be focused on what IP may be relevant to potential business income and where, when and how to apply it, knowing the likely costs and the potential benefits. As a new business evolves it is essential to review the alignment of the IP assets to the actual or proposed business income to ensure that the IP protection remains relevant and adds value to the enterprise. Comprehensive IP Strategies may be fully integrated with business plan aspects as an IP plan document covering areas such as brand management, competitive intelligence, freedom to operate, technology development, licensing, acquisition, and company IP philosophy.