Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Appleyard Lees is a leading IP law firm with over 45 patent and trademark attorneys and specialist solicitors. The firm supports 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 lifecycle.

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

Strong client relationships

The firm has an unrivalled reputation for quality and professionalism, with a fantastic track record of working with leading innovative businesses and prestigious academic institutions across the globe.

The firm adopts a collegiate ethos, rooted in enabling partners to fully understand each client and to establish critical relationships of trust.

Clients benefit from the firm’s deep insights into business and operations, ensuring expert advice is tailored to specific needs and requirements. Appleyard Lees is characterised in the market for its ability to foster and maintain close-knit and longstanding client relationships, particularly with large multinational clients.

Highly commercial approach

The firm prides itself on its highly commercial approach, which is a distinctive characteristic of its practice. It invests significant amounts of time not only on creating and building relationships, but also in getting to know clients’ businesses in depth. Our lawyers ensure that they are aware of client updates and service developments, and that they fully understand the technology and products that they seek to protect.

The firm’s profound knowledge of the sectors, industries and technologies underlying the legality of intellectual property enables it to provide strategic direction to its clients around ongoing market risks and challenges.

Highly specialised and commercial legal team

Appleyard Lees is a market-leading practice, with dedicated experts equipped to confidently handle patent, designs, copyright, trademarks, confidentiality and corporate support matters.

Boasting an impressive roster of dual-qualified patent, solicitor and trademark attorneys, the firm has dedicated specialists with hybrid academic backgrounds, PhDs and industry experience.

Appleyard Lees has great credibility within the market as attorneys are able to assess and predict clients’ comprehensive needs across the full spectrum of IP rights, including prosecution, litigation and transactional work.

Market-leading experts in trademarks

Appleyard Lees has an accomplished team of trademark attorneys. The depth of the team’s expertise is a great asset to clients, particularly those in specialised industries.

The depth of the team’s knowledge, combined with educational and technical backgrounds, has proven invaluable to clients who require attorneys with profound industry expertise.

The firm serves one of the most diverse client rosters on the market, including industries such as chemical, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical, metals and heavy industry.

The firm has provided Lucite with ongoing assistance in the protection of the Perspex brand for 16 years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the firm has assisted Asda with many of its trademark issues for at least 20 years, and since Wal-Mart acquired Asda has assisted with its UK IP issues.

The firm is also adept at establishing new client relationships and was recently instructed by PUMA in relation to UK design infringement matters and Moncler in relation to anti-counterfeiting.

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 SMEs to grow commercially and allow their products and ideas to reach commercial market. Grants from the Appleyard Lees Growth Fund are awarded on a case-by-case basis to companies with winning ideas, a track record for innovation and a sound strategic approach.

Firm culture

As an employer, Appleyard Lees has a reputation for a friendly working environment, investing in people and retaining employees. The firm prides itself on looking after staff, supporting them throughout their career development and providing them with expert training and progression opportunities, allowing them to deliver outstanding service to its diverse range of global clients.

Contact details

Appleyard Lees IP LLP
15 Clare Road
Halifax HX1 2HY
United Kingdom

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Cambridge
  • Leeds
  • Manchester

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