To us, understanding that the IP due diligence exercise is crucial to the decision making process, time critical, and constrained by a budget, is absolutely essential to a client's success.

Our advantage in conducting due diligence lies in the fact that our day-to-day work is with the IP courts, offices and tribunals that assess the patents, trade marks and designs under consideration. Acting as both patentee and opponent during opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office for example, positions us uniquely to assess the value and strength of patent rights for a potential investor company or their main competitor.

In addition to covering all technical areas, our attorneys and lawyers are able to advise on trade marks, design rights, legal services and dispute resolution. Our highly skilled attorneys and solicitors have the experience to conduct a focused, high quality due diligence exercise on your behalf.

Whether conducting an assessment of your own IP assets, or an evaluation of a third party’s IP under consideration for purchase or licensing, we typically concentrate on the following key areas:

  • Distinguish the critical intellectual property
  • Clarify ownership and ensure all necessary rights are obtained and maintained
  • Assess the overall scope, strengths and weaknesses of an IP portfolio
  • Determine the freedom to operate of lead project objectives
  • Assess the strength of the critical IP in the relevant jurisdictions (territorial coverage)
  • Assess for infringing activity
  • Anti–trust issues
  • Confidential information and know-how
  • Validity

Our ability to drill down to the important issues enables us to give you sound commercial advice in respect of any IP assets under consideration.

Contact us for more information
mail@dyoung.com +44 (0)20 7269 8550
D Young & Co's overall level of service is excellent.  It delivers high quality work at a reasonable price, and is very responsive to its clients' needs.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
Joined-up thinking on every question.
World Trademark Review 1000
Acts for major corporations and SMEs from the UK, the EU, the USA and Japan.
Chambers
Clients can one-stop shop here with supreme confidence.
World Trademark Review 1000
The entire team is keen to make sure they understand what we want, from fee earners to business support assistants.
Chambers
The quality of their work is stellar. The partners and associates take the time to be thorough without overcharging for time.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
They are exceptionally effective and will surpass your expectations.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
Chambers
They demonstrate an impressive understanding of the psychological factors that come into play when communicating with authorities.
IAM Patent 1000
Unfailingly responsive, thorough, creative and prompt.
Legal 500
They are very efficient and give excellent advice and support.
Chambers
Its critical evaluation of patentability is faultless and its advice on patent strategy and prosecution shows a profound level of understanding of the technology involved.
IAM Patent 1000

Meet the team

Partners

Anthony Albutt
Anthony Albutt
Partner, Patent Attorney
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David Alcock
David Alcock
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Helen Cawley
Helen Cawley
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Antony Craggs
Antony Craggs
Partner, Solicitor
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Matthew Dick
Matthew Dick
Partner, Solicitor
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Uli Foerstl
Uli Foerstl
Partner, Rechtsanwalt
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Kirk Gallagher
Kirk Gallagher
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Charles Harding
Charles Harding
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Tamsin Holman
Tamsin Holman
Partner, Solicitor
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Jonathan Jackson
Jonathan Jackson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Gemma Kirkland
Gemma Kirkland
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Darren Lewis
Darren Lewis
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Nicholas Malden
Nicholas Malden
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Catherine Mallalieu
Catherine Mallalieu
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Neil Nachshen
Neil Nachshen
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Simon O'Brien
Simon O'Brien
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jeremy Pennant
Jeremy Pennant
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Partner, Solicitor
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Aylsa Williams
Aylsa Williams
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Richard Willoughby
Richard Willoughby
Partner, Solicitor
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Senior Associates

Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Catherine Keetch
Catherine Keetch
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Tamara Milton
Tamara Milton
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Associates

Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Caines
Matthew Caines
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Flora Cook
Flora Cook
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Holly Cowie
Holly Cowie
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Charlotte Musgrave
Charlotte Musgrave
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys

Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Patent Attorney
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Martin Bicker
Martin Bicker
Patent Attorney
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Wendy Oliver-Grey
Wendy Oliver-Grey
Trade Mark Attorney
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
Patent Attorney
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