Intellectual Property Solicitors & Intellectual Property Law

The IP Solicitors at Lupton Fawcett advise businesses and individuals on how to identify, protect and capitalise on the Intellectual Property they have developed within brands, products, inventions, ideas, designs, and creative works.

If you are looking for legal advice with any intellectual property matter, our IP Lawyers are here to help you. 

We have experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, so we know what it takes to protect your interests. 

Contact us today by calling the number at the top of this page or by using the enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

With offices in Leeds, Sheffield and York, we are able to provide assistance to clients across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. 

Do I Work With Intellectual Property?

Not sure if you are in the intellectual property business? We bet you are, because any company that does the following is in the intellectual property business:

  • Owns or exploits a brand
  • Creates new products or services
  • Designs new products
  • Deals in branded or original products, materials or services
  • Creates original work of any kind
  • Gathers, holds or uses valuable data
  • Conducts research or development of any kind
  • Creates, develops or exploits ideas or knowledge
  • Is part of the technology, creative, digital or knowledge economies
  • Is in any way creative, inventive or innovative

So What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property is the general name given to the various areas of the law that regulate the existence, ownership, exploitation and enforcement of rights in the output of any kind of original work in any form.

Strictly speaking, there is no area of law called intellectual property. It is a phrase used as shorthand to describe a number of different areas of the law concerned with the rights innovation and creativity can attract. 

These areas include:

  • Patents
  • Trade marks
  • Copyright, including authors’, performers’ and moral rights
  • Design rights and registered designs
  • Confidential information, know-how, database rights and data protection and privacy
  • Information and communications technology and URL and company name disputes

Intellectual property is valuable yet complex. Valuable intellectual rights can easily be lost without expert advice. When issues arise, they are rarely trivial or run of the mill. They can affect your very ability to trade and can cause immense anguish, cost and risk if they go wrong.  

This is an area for real expert advice. Don’t believe those who tell you that all lawyers are more or less interchangeable and that expertise can be taken for granted. 

Our team’s experience and depth of knowledge can offer you technical expertise, commercial nous, and the ability to grasp detail but not get bogged down in it.  You’ll get ‘top draw’ legal expertise, with clear, commercial advice that minimises your risk and maximises value to your business.

Specialist Intellectual Property Experience

At Lupton Fawcett, we have a team of Intellectual Property Solicitors with over 50 years’ combined experience in advising clients of all kinds, from startups to major PLCs, on all aspects of intellectual property. They advise on the constructive aspects of IP strategy, creation, IP protection and exploitation of rights, as well as on defending and enforcing those rights when IP disputes arise.

Through our in-house capability and, where necessary, using our network of specialist partner organisations, we can provide a complete solution for the registration of your rights throughout the world.

The team drafts and negotiates the full range of agreements businesses enter into over intellectual property, including assignments, licences, commissioning agreements, research and development agreements, merchandising, sponsorship and franchising agreements, and other agreements in which intellectual property plays a part, including agency and distribution.

Our IP Solicitors help clients resolve the full range of disputes that arise over ownership and enforcement of intellectual property rights, whether involving intellectual property registries, courts or tribunals. We are highly accomplished in both court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

The team’s expertise has been recognised in major independent guides to the legal profession such as Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. They also have an extensive record of major books and online publications for use by other practitioners, students and academics – establishing them as an authority that sets them apart from the competition.

Specific Industries

Practising as an Intellectual Property Lawyer leads to close involvement with certain industries for which IP Law is a main area of focus.  Over the years, our IP Solicitors have gained specialised knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial challenges faced in those industries. 

This includes:

  • Arts and the media
  • Precision engineering
  • Retail brands
  • Sport and leisure
  • Charities and third sector organisations
  • Software and digital
  • Cloud computing, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
  • Creative agencies

Reputation Management

Much of the intellectual property work in the context of brands is about maintaining reputation.  This might be helping to secure the fullest possible rights to the brand or in preserving the integrity of the brand against infringers.

We also act for both businesses and individuals to protect reputation in any context, or to defend themselves from attack.  We employ the full range of legal devices available, from the laws of defamation and malicious falsehood to contractual rights, confidentiality, privacy and intellectual property rights.

In today’s world of online publications, multimedia platforms and social media, the defence of reputation is a truly multidisciplinary task.  A task our team is uniquely well placed to undertake.

Competition Law

The roots of intellectual property law lie in the attempt by lawmakers to reconcile the value of rewarding innovation in any context, by granting the exclusive right to exploit its results on the one hand, with the danger of creating monopoly rights that stifle competition on the other.

Competition law works to ensure that businesses do not restrict fair competition in the market, or create monopolies that distort or prevent fair trade and compromise the rights of consumers.

Competition law and intellectual property law have therefore always been closely connected. We have the expertise and long experience in UK and European competition law to make sure you manage effectively the risk of infringing these laws.

Contact Us Today

Lupton Fawcett are a leading personal and commercial law firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

We provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

Our Intellectual Property Solicitors act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York and Nottingham.  We also provide specialist niche legal and commercial services for Irish companies wishing to do business in the UK and legal advice for UK companies trading in the  Republic of Ireland

As recognised IP Solicitors we can support your needs wherever you live in England or Wales.

Lupton Fawcett‘s intellectual property team is helpful and professional.

Legal 500 2019

Clive Lawrence has impressive knowledge and experience, is very professional and provides an excellent service

Legal 500 2019

John, described as very personable and very good, is highly respected in the market for his multi-faceted IP practice.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Clients appreciate the fantastic service and trusted advice. The team is always available for us whatever our query.

Chambers and Partners 2019

They are friendly and responsive. They are a good commercial firm that appreciates our requirements.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Thank you for helping us when we found that our new product was being copied. Your knowledge of the law and astute tactics and strategy using the court process enabled us to stop the copying, recover costs and damages. Top drawer advice and a great result for us. We are very pleased with the outcome.

Stephen Greenhalgh, Managing Director


I just wanted to thank you for help. The issue was a serious one for us as it may have caused embarrassment and potential liability in our supply chain. Your wise counsel, in-depth knowledge of trademark law, and firm but commercial approach enabled us to resolve this matter both quickly and successfully and avoiding any liability for us and our business partners. Achieving an amicable settlement was a real success and we are delighted with the outcome.

Steve Walton, Finance Director

De Ree UK

I have worked with John for a number of years and can say that he personifies a rare mix of an excellent legal technician and pragmatic, commercially astute businessman. John is a consummate diplomat, having the knowledge and experience to read a situation to perfection, and to use the appropriate force for the circumstances in hand. Many years ago I was on the opposite side to John in a hard-fought contentious matter. It was a very uncomfortable place to be. I can trust John to deliver when called upon. I therefore have absolutely no hesitation in recommending John.

Ann Critchell-Ward

VP Intellectual Property, TomTom

I found John Sykes to be a skilful lawyer, commercially astute, dedicated and hard working, with good judgement, combined with detailed knowledge of - for us - copyright law, he did a good job for us, managed the team well on the case, and I would recommend him without hesitation

Simon Enoch

"absolutely superb" "...doyen of IP" "a specialist who truly knows his IP" "Pioneering..." "effective communicator", his "accurate, common-sense approach makes him a favourite with clients" "advice is always clear and commercial", and "he gives you the robust guidance needed to help you make a proper decision." "absolutely on the ball." "offers a personalised service that is spot on."

The Legal 500 UK

Clive Lawrence, who heads Lupton Fawcett's Intellectual Property department, is diligent , handles the details well and easily gets to the root of the problem and finds the most desired solution

Legal 500, November 2018

Well-written, incisive and informative, Brands: Law, Practice and Precedents is vital reading for intellectual property, commercial and media lawyers, as well as advertising and marketing consultancies, design agencies and brand managers in major companies

The Inhouse Lawyer Magazine on “Brands: Law, Practice and Precedents” (Jordan Publishing Ltd 2008)

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have sold my branded goods in the EU can I stop them from being resold by one of my customers via particular distribution channels such as discount shops or on eBay?

It depends! Generally it is not possible to prevent how your products are dealt with once they are sold in the EU. If you can show that you have a valid reason for managing your distribution channels and have in place an active distribution channels policy then it may be possible. This is a complicated area of the law and it may be worth you having a conversation with one of our lawyers to explore your options.