UK leading firm 2017Every business owns intellectual property rights, which may be registered or unregistered.

The legal protection of such assets is not always straightforward or obvious. Understanding this, our lawyers are able to guide our clients through these complex issues to enable them to obtain an appropriate level of protection for their businesses. We also advise clients on how to exploit such rights, which may be through joint ventures, franchising or licensing.

Obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights are essential in order to prevent third parties from taking unfair advantage of the investment and innovation made in a business. Failure to take action can often have a direct impact on the bottom line. On every occasion, we try to reduce the risk of our clients becoming involved in intellectual property litigation whenever possible, but if it is impossible to resolve a dispute by agreement, the team has extensive experience of handling court cases. Our team is well known for their strategic and tactical advice, and are always looking to achieve the best outcome for clients.

We have a full service intellectual property team at Foot Anstey dealing with the protection, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights around the world, either directly or through our carefully selected associated firms. Our team consists of trade mark attorneys, solicitors and other legally qualified professionals. Our clients include start ups, small to medium sized businesses and large international companies. This experience extends to advising on all intellectual property issues including trade marks, design, patents, domain names, passing off, confidential information, licensing, sponsoring, and franchising.

Our key areas of expertise include:

  • Filing and prosecuting trade marks around the world, conducting availability searches and providing strategic advice on intellectual property protection
  • Trade mark proceedings such as oppositions, invalidity and revocation actions before the UKIPO and EUIPO
  • Resolving intellectual property disputes through pre-action correspondence or alternative dispute resolution
  • Bringing and defending court proceedings including applications for interim injunctions, default judgments, summary judgments and ISP blocking orders
  • Domain name disputes through Nominet or WIPO
  • Taking action against unlawful parallel imported and counterfeit goods through the courts (civil or criminal action), Trading Standards and Customs
  • Issuing trade down notices to online platforms such as Amazon and eBay and website hosts
  • Drafting and advising clients on franchising, licensing, sponsorship deals, and confidential agreement


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We have produced a number of intellectual property guides for clients including trade mark watch service, trade mark availability searches, the advantages of registering a trade mark, issues to consider in China and a customs guide.


Download our intellectual property brochure.

Download our anti-counterfeiting brochure.


Meet our full-service intellectual property team.



"The Foot Anstey team are skilled at understanding and responding to often complex technical requests made of them from our academic community, as well as us in the Research Business and Innovation service. They are an agile and responsive partner who consistently provide a high quality, professional and integrated service to us."  University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

"In our time using Foot Anstey they have been extremely knowledgeable and supportive throughout all aspects of their work. They have kept us informed throughout all proceedings and answered any questions we have had in a prompt manner. They have provided detailed information and analysis on all of our options at each stage of the legal proceedings and would recommend their services to all." Nuco Training Limited

"We engaged Foot Anstey to act on our behalf when we were faced with the threat of court proceedings and a possible large sum or money to pay in damages for a competitor brand. We had very little experience in any kind of action being taken against us and were quite worried about what this would mean for our brand reputation and also our cash flow. Paul and the Foot Anstey team took a lot of time to assess our situation and get to know us in order to best understand our circumstance and gather as much information on the product in contention as possible, which was painless and the process made us feel more at ease and safer in the knowledge that the team were very thorough in their undertaking. With as little stress as possible the team handled our case and we had an extremely positive outcome, we couldn't have been happier with the support and level of dedication we were given throughout the entire process." Spectrum Collections Limited

“Interplay have used Foot Anstey since 2006 for all our trade mark work, and they have provided us with an excellent service, particularly where we have needed to challenge the use of our IP by other companies. 5-stars!” Interplay

"Foot Anstey acted for us in a claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court concerning Comparative Advertising/trade mark infringement against the manufacturer and distributor of the infringing product. This resulted in the infringing products being removed from sale and a successful resolution of this dispute. Vexo would highly recommend Foot Anstey to protect your valuable rights especially when the offenders are a lot bigger and they treat you like the small fish syndrome." Technical Director of Vexo International (UK) Ltd

"The firm is ‘excellent, responsive and commercially switched-on’" Legal 500 2018

"[Paul] Cox ‘is always responsive and is able to identify issues and solutions; his ability to give good and practical advice is appreciated’, with the retail, leisure, food and drink, and automotive industries some of his areas of strength." (Legal 500 2018)

"Neil Parkes is ‘very thorough, easy to deal with, and knowledgeable’ (Legal 500 2018)

"A source says: "I have always been pleased with [Paul Cox's] responsiveness and the quality of his work" Chambers and Partners 2018

The "very experienced" Paul Cox joined Foot Anstey LLP in 2017. He has a broad practice which takes in litigation and licensing transactions. Areas of expertise include anti-counterfeiting, portfolio management and disputes concerning trade marks and designs. Chambers UK

"They're very good, and have a commercial, business-focused approach." Chambers UK

Foot Anstey advises media and entertainment clients on licensing merchandise and brand protection. The ‘smart and thoughtful’ Martin Cuell acted for Aardman Animations on licensing its characters. Legal 500 

Paul Cox is "is conscious of client needs" and "is able to identify the main issue within the matter at hand.Legal 500



We are a member of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) and The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).


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