Whether you are preparing for a sale, purchase or license, facing a competitor challenge or litigation, or simply giving your business an IP ‘health check’, with experience of a diverse and international client base, our legal and technical IP specialists will be able to provide a structured and commercially-focused IP audit.

A service that clients often find particularly useful is an invention identification review in which projects or R&D initiatives can be systematically considered, in order to establish where there is the potential for patent filings.

An IP audit provides a clear overview of the scope of your company’s IP assets, including registered and unregistered IP rights. 

A typical IP audit includes

  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • Formulations / recipes
  • Goodwill
  • Import / export networks
  • Licenses
  • Manuals, brochures, advertising & publications
  • Patents
  • Trade marks & brands
  • Trade secrets

A particular area of expertise is the identification of inventions for potential patent filings (patent harvesting). 

Having identified the relevant IP we will be able to assess its strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for improved management and exploitation of your IP assets, in line with your overall business strategy. 

IP audits for SMEs

As Chartered Patent Attorneys and Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys we are qualified to assist businesses taking part in the UK Intellectual Property Office’s IP Audits Plus scheme, which provides funding to qualifying high-growth SMEs for a structured IP audit. Applications for the IP Audit Plus scheme must be made to the UKIPO via the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) programme.

EEN Programme
A leading name in the filing of both patents and trade marks.
Chambers
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
Unfailingly responsive, thorough, creative and prompt.
Legal 500
Commentators note the quality of the service provided by the firm.
Chambers
D Young & Co offers clients a full IP law service, hosting solicitors as well as patent and trade mark attorneys, and it is the first firm to acquire legal disciplinary status (LDP).
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
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
Joined-up thinking on every question.
World Trademark Review 1000
Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.
Chambers
The practitioners demonstrate a high level of scientific expertise and are quick to understand the key features of an invention.
IAM Patent 1000
D Young & Co’s killer USP is its seamless integration of trademark attorney and legal teams; clients can one-stop shop here with supreme confidence.
World Trademark Review 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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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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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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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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Ian Starr
Ian Starr
Partner, Solicitor
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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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Associates

Alan Boyd
Alan Boyd
Associate, Patent Attorney
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Flora Cook
Flora Cook
Associate, Trade Mark Attorney
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Mina Park
Mina Park
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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