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)

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 International Trademark Association (INTA), The European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) and The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).


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