Maximising the value of your IP

The viability of a potential business sale or acquisition needs careful assessment. IP is a core business asset that should not be overlooked and the quality of the IP can determine whether a deal is a benefit or a liability. 

Clarification of the quality and reach of a target acquisition’s IP assets can avoid costly mistakes and identify opportunities to make the best use of the investment. 

We are familiar with working with investors, venture capitalists and venture capital (VC) firms, particularly in the life sciences, consumer electronics and communications sectors where the pace of technological innovation has been significant in recent years. 

Our IP evaluation and due diligence services include

  • IP audits
  • Freedom to operate advice
  • IP infringement and validity opinions
  • IP due diligence
  • Licensing advice and identification of new licensees
  • IP business model reviews
  • Standards participation advice
  • IP asset valuation and advice
  • IP acquisition and sale
  • IP awareness training
  • Post investment IP maintenance, protection and strategy
  • Case Study

    Supporting innovation in healthcare

    Our client, a leading healthcare investment company, takes an active role in developing technologies to deliver transformative healthcare products. We have advised on IP due diligence and freedom to operate matters in respect of a number of spin-out companies, some originating from leading academic institutions. On behalf of our client, we advised one such company on their pending patents in respect of IP-related matters connected with a multimillion fund raising investment.

  • Case Study

    Supporting entrepreneurs

    Our client is a Dutch venture capital firm set up to finance and support starting entrepreneurs and their technology ventures. We advised on an IP strategy in respect to an investment opportunity for an innovative technology. Our advice assisted the client in evaluating the commercial value of the underlying IP prior to making their investment.

  • Case Study

    Bringing a product to market

    Our client was considering a huge investment in a developmental antibody based product. We investigated the validity of key patents and freedom to operate. Our report identified all the relevant players in the field and licenses likely to be required in order to bring the product to market. Only with such a correct understanding of the patent stakeholders in the relevant field was our client able to reach a fully informed decision.

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IP Stars (Managing IP)
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IP Stars (Managing IP)
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)
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Acts for major corporations and SMEs from the UK, the EU, the USA and Japan.
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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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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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Jackie Johnson
Jackie Johnson
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Darren Lewis
Darren Lewis
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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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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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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Attorneys

Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Patent 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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