D Young & Co is a leading top-tier European intellectual property firm, dedicated to protecting and enforcing our clients’ IP rights. For over 125 years we’ve been applying our world-class expertise to take ideas, products and services further.

Why do clients choose us? First and foremost, it’s down to our depth and breadth of knowledge. We bring together the specialist services of trade mark and patent attorneys with intellectual property solicitors, providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all IP and related issues.

By collaborating and pooling our knowledge, we can be more innovative and responsive, as well as pass on significant cost savings to our clients. We place great value on flexibility as a key characteristic of the way in which we work, both in client-facing matters and how we operate internally. We see this flexibility as the key to promoting diversity in our workforce and ensuring inclusion for a broad spectrum of staff from different backgrounds. And, as the market gets increasingly complex, we’re continually evolving and growing our capabilities. The result? The broadest, highest quality and most cost-efficient IP service possible.

Who do we work with?

Our diverse, international client base spans all industry sectors including academic institutions, blue-chip and global organisations, research institutes, start-ups and SMEs.

Where are we based?

Our team of almost 200 people, including over 50 qualified attorneys and solicitors, is based in London, Munich and Southampton. Together, we’re committed to giving you the most insightful, innovative and commercially-relevant IP advice. Whatever your invention, technology or brand, we are committed to providing only the best IP advice available.


We are delighted to be one of the few IP firms to be ranked ‘top tier’ by all the major UK legal directories:

  • Chambers UK
  • Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 (IAM Patent 1000)
  • Managing Intellectual Property
  • The Legal 500
  • World Trademark Review 1000

Of course, it’s not what we say about our own services, but what our clients say and experience that is most important. That’s the benchmark by which we should be judged.

Aboutus Europeanpartner
Venerable yet dynamic patent and trade mark firm with household-name clients in all major industrial sectors.
They do not rest on their laurels, but are always looking at ways to improve the service they provide.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
The pioneering D Young & Co is among the most respected IP boutiques in the market.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
The group works for an impressive and diverse client list.
Legal 500
Acts for major corporations and SMEs from the UK, the EU, the USA and Japan.
Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
It is a very reliable resource, with great strength in depth on both prosecution and litigation, and the level of its service is simply excellent.
World Trademark Review 1000
Its contentious and prosecution practices operate seamlessly and have been successful for years.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
The people are very impressive and have a good attitude towards client care.
D Young & Co continues to light the way for agents considering bringing a legal team on board.
World Trademark Review 1000
They are very efficient and give excellent advice and support.

Our history

Our firm can be traced back to 1891 when David Young opened our first office. And although the IP landscape has since changed beyond recognition, one thing remains the same: our focus on providing the highest quality IP service possible.

Throughout the past 125 years, we’ve always been bold, proactive and forward-looking, supporting innovative organisations of every shape and size.

Recent initiatives include:

  • In 2016 – our 125th year – we opened our Munich office.
  • In 2011 we became the first UK legal disciplinary practice (LDP) to bring IP solicitors together with patent and trade mark attorneys to create one IP centre of excellence.
More information
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