We have a proud history of supporting young and growing businesses with the provision of practical advice to protect brands, products and ideas.

Developing a well-balanced IP portfolio can give you the competitive edge and increase the market share of your business. But there are many pitfalls for the uninitiated. Having an IP strategy from the outset – which need not be complex – plus professional advice is essential.

We appreciate that many new and growing companies have tight budgets to generate, protect and commercialise their IP. Faced with such constraints, we understand the need for practical, achievable and timely advice, tailored to individual business needs. Our attorneys and solicitors can provide advice on how best to minimize costs without compromising your commercial aims. 

Taking your ideas further

We first seek to understand your commercial objectives before working with you to implement a fully aligned IP strategy. With a suitable strategy in place, we can assist with securing and enforcing your IP rights, such as filing for patents, designs, trade marks and domain names. 

We frequently handle ownership and confidentiality agreements, for example to cover R&D collaborations to ensure that the ownership of IP generated from joint ventures is correctly apportioned. We are able to advise on best practice for the documentation of development work and contributors (investors, designers, etc) and can conduct searches to clear significant brand, product and design choices. 

We also regularly assist our clients on issues relating to due diligence. Whether providing an internal portfolio review for the board, or an independent assessment of third party IP, we can assist you in all aspects of due diligence to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

Key services to start ups and SMEs include

  • Assignments
  • Brand strategy and protection
  • Company name disputes
  • Copyright advice
  • Domain name protection and disputes
  • Due diligence on IP rights
  • IP exploitation advice
  • IP portfolio strategy and management
  • IP right clearance and searching, freedom to operate advice
  • License franchise and co-existence agreements
  • Patent, drafting and filing for protection in the UK, Europe and worldwide
  • Patent and trade mark watching services
  • R&D, co-operation and related agreements
  • Trade mark filing, registration and prosecution in all relevant jurisdictions
  • Case Study

    Aligning IP strategy to business growth

    We have grown with several companies from start-up or very small companies through their SME phase to initial public offering (IPO) and beyond. In recent years we marked the 20th anniversary of our relationship with one major client - when we started working together the business was just twelve people in a converted barn. Today the business is one of the world's most respected tech companies with a market capitalisation of over £4 billion. 

  • Case Study

    Brand creation and R&D IP ownership

    We gave an innovative UK engineering company, with no existing IP, step-by-step guidance on how to implement a suitable IP strategy for an SME in its infancy. A key action was advising the client in their handling of agreements to cover R&D collaboration so that ownership of the IP generated from their joint venture was correctly apportioned. We also provided "knock-out" and "full" searches to check that their logo was not identical or similar to a competitor's trade mark. The trade mark and domain name were registered and a watching service set up to help stop competitor threats to brand reputation in the future.

  • Case Study

    IP audit and due diligence

    This client in the luxury goods sector needed to conduct a due diligence project in order to attract further investment and secure licensing and sale opportunities. We worked with this client to provide an internal portfolio review for the board and an independent assessment of third party IP. We also have significant experience in writing the due diligence portions of AIM flotation prospectuses and have guided SME clients through strategic acquisitions by making studies of the IP portfolio of the potential target.

They are very efficient and give excellent advice and support.
Chambers
The thriving patent practice at D Young & Co is home to more than 40 attorneys and solicitors, all of whom specialise in a technological or scientific discipline.
IAM Patent 1000
You can't fault the fantastic quality of the work D Young & Co puts in. It collaborates efficiently to find the best solutions.
IAM Patent 1000
Its overall level of service never falls below excellent. It delivers quality patents for a reasonable price and is exceptionally responsive.
IAM Patent 1000
A real standout element of D Young & Co is its bold advocacy in support of our company's interests, but with a finely honed sense of what is achievable in the real world.
World Trademark Review 1000
The people are very impressive and have a good attitude towards client care.
Chambers
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)
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)

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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Robbie Berryman
Robbie Berryman
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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Simon Davies
Simon Davies
Partner, Patent Attorney
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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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Hanns-Juergen Grosse
Hanns-Juergen Grosse
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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Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson
Partner, Trade Mark 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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Connor McConchie
Connor McConchie
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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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Partner, Solicitor
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James Turner
James Turner
Partner, Patent Attorney
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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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Kit Wong
Kit Wong
Partner, Patent Attorney
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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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Cathrine McGowan
Cathrine McGowan
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Tamara Milton
Tamara Milton
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Senior Associate, Solicitor
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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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Carolin Golling
Carolin Golling
Associate, Rechtsanwältin
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William Johnson
William Johnson
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Charlotte Musgrave
Charlotte Musgrave
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Mina Park
Mina Park
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Stephanie Wroe
Stephanie Wroe
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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Sophie Blake
Sophie Blake
Patent Attorney
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Antony Latham
Antony Latham
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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Solicitors

Alban Radivojevic
Alban Radivojevic
Solicitor
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