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.

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)
Acts for major corporations and SMEs from the UK, the EU, the USA and Japan.
Chambers
Joined-up thinking on every question.
World Trademark Review 1000
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)
Bold advocacy in support of our company's interests, with a finely honed sense of what is achievable in the real world.
World Trademark Review 1000
They are exceptionally effective and will surpass your expectations.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
They are very efficient and give excellent advice and support.
Chambers
“Strong, consistent performers” who “should be on the list of any small and medium-sized enterprise looking for top-tier all-around IP services”.
IAM Patent 1000
They demonstrate an impressive understanding of the psychological factors that come into play when communicating with authorities.
IAM Patent 1000
Clients looking for legal, technical and procedural excellence will find it in spades here.
IAM Patent 1000
Clients can one-stop shop here with supreme confidence.
World Trademark Review 1000
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)
With offices in London, Southampton and Munich, D Young & Co has its finger very much on the pulse of mainstream European patent prosecution.
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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Anton Baker
Anton Baker
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Jana Bogatz
Jana Bogatz
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
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William Burrell
William Burrell
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Richard Burton
Richard Burton
Partner, Trade Mark Attorney
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Matthew Caines
Matthew Caines
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Zöe Clyde-Watson
Zöe Clyde-Watson
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Matthew Dick
Matthew Dick
Partner, Solicitor
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Gabriele Engels
Gabriele Engels
Partner, Rechtsanwältin
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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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Lawrence King
Lawrence King
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Darren Lewis
Darren Lewis
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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Jennifer O'Farrell
Jennifer O'Farrell
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Tom Pagdin
Tom Pagdin
Partner, Patent Attorney
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Anna Reid
Anna Reid
Partner, Solicitor
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Senior Associates

Peter Byrd
Peter Byrd
Senior Associate, Solicitor
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Kate Cheney
Kate Cheney
Senior Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Olivia Oxton
Olivia Oxton
Senior Associate, Solicitor
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Gemma Sparrow
Gemma Sparrow
Senior Associate, Patent Attorney
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Associates

Nigel Lee
Nigel Lee
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Rachel Pellatt
Rachel Pellatt
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Mathias Smolarski
Mathias Smolarski
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Attorneys, Rechtsanwälte & Solicitors

Jacqueline Feigl
Jacqueline Feigl
Rechtsanwältin
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Szymon Pancewicz
Szymon Pancewicz
Patent Attorney
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Agnieszka Stephenson
Agnieszka Stephenson
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Assistants

Daisy Bethell
Daisy Bethell
Technical Assistant
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Laurie Ford
Laurie Ford
Legal Manager
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Alice Holden
Alice Holden
Technical assistant
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William Hutton
William Hutton
Technical Assistant
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Sophia Karim
Sophia Karim
Legal Assistant
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James Manktelow
James Manktelow
Technical Assistant
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Sophie Rann
Sophie Rann
Trade Mark Assistant
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Michael Reynolds
Michael Reynolds
Technical Assistant
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Chris Weekes
Chris Weekes
Technical Assistant
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Consultants

Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Consultant, Solicitor
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Richard Willoughby
Richard Willoughby
Consultant, Solicitor
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IP Support

Mel Gregg
Mel Gregg
Trade Mark and Design Specialist
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Stefanie Koroll
Stefanie Koroll
Trade Mark and Design Specialist
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Anna Scheuermann
Anna Scheuermann
Trade Mark and Design Specialist
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