Every business, from start-ups through to international business giants, creates, owns and exploits intellectual property rights.

Indeed, intellectual property rights are essential to enabling a business to achieve its ambition, and are hugely valuable commercial assets.  When understood and protected effectively, they can provide competitive advantage by allowing you to prevent your competitors from standing on your ground and will enable you to maximize your product or service’s value or even generate further revenue through licensing models or the like.

However, this is a complex area and many businesses don’t always fully understand their intellectual property rights or have people dedicated within their business to proactively protecting and managing them.  The unfortunate reality is that many businesses wait until it is almost too late before considering how best to protect those rights, for example at the stage when their rights are being challenged or infringed by a third party.  If you don’t secure your intellectual property rights at the outset, this can cause significant difficulties and costs in the future.

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Why choose Foot Anstey

At Foot Anstey, we assist our clients with any intellectual property issue relating to the ownership, registration, enforcement and exploitation of these rights. Our expert intellectual property lawyers have a holistic approach to helping you manage, enforce and exploit your intellectual property rights, whether that’s proactive protection, helping to resolve disputes or supporting you with intellectual property related deals and agreements. Given that we know how intellectual property rights are enforced in the courts, we are well placed to use this knowledge to help our clients avoid or limit the cost and hassle of litigation by ensuring they obtain the right protection in the first place and resolve disputes quickly.

You can be reassured that you will always have access to our Partners and high quality legal specialists, who know how to deal with your issue in the most efficient way and who are not afraid to challenge when necessary. The team is made up of creative problem-solvers, who are able to provide flexible solutions to suit your needs. This could include working in-house for clients or providing an outsourced legal function for Boards. We have offices in Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton, Taunton, Truro and Manchester and our extensive experience extends beyond the UK as well. We regularly collaborate with other firms abroad, including partner intellectual property law firms in the US, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

In those difficult situations where your rights are challenged or you need to take action against others, we’ve got the right people, who are highly experienced in complex disputes, to fight your corner.  We know when to be strong, challenging and even brave, depending on the scenario.  Our approach is to try and avoid your exposure to litigation as far as possible, addressing your challenge in the most cost effective and efficient way to get you results.

The firm is also ranked bronze for prosecution and strategy by World Trademark Review.

Our focus areas

Trade marks

Trade marks are a vital part of a successful franchise model and a key piece of intellectual property which franchisees licence from franchisors.


If you have developed a new invention that improves the way of doing something and it brings a real benefit, you may have something to patent.


For businesses that design and manufacture products either for themselves or others, they should seriously consider obtaining registered design protection for their products.

IP Disputes

At Foot Anstey, our IP team can assist clients with the management and resolution of disputes.

IP Agreements

At Foot Anstey, our IP team can assist clients with licensing rights and agreements.


Franchising is a powerful tool for businesses with ambitions to grow.


Foot Anstey takes a global and holistic approach to anti-counterfeiting using all the tools available to tackle the problem in the most efficient way.


Our People

Our team, led by renowned IP specialist Paul Cox, will understand what you are trying to achieve and then will advise on the best and most cost effective solutions to enable you to maximize the value and achieve your commercial objectives. Paul has also been admitted into the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Intellectual Property (South East).

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What industry says?

The people we have worked with are always very enthusiastic about taking on challenges. We particularly appreciate the search for innovative solutions from their team.

Legal 500 2022

This firm matches up with more widely known British firms in terms of expertise and conflict resolution. Paul and his team really are an insider tip.

Legal 500 2022

I work with a number of UK law firms on IP matters. The team from Foot Anstey stands heads and shoulders above them all in terms of quality, responsiveness, efficiency, value and professionalism. Their practical advice particularly where disputes arise is highly valued by us and our clients.

Legal 500 2022

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