IP Clinics

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys holds regular Clinics at a number of sites around the UK to provide free basic advice to unrepresented innovators who are at the early stages of developing an idea. The Clinics are all given by a Registered Patent Attorney who is a Fellow of the Institute.

Listed below are the current sites for CIPA IP Clinics and other IP Advice Clinics, and contact details for arranging an appointment. 

Many firms of patent attorneys will also offer the first consultation free of charge, so if there is not a Clinic listed locally, you could contact a local firm of patent attorneys. To search our Directory of Patent Attorneys click here.


Aberdeen Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen, AB25 1GW

IP advice clinics are held at Aberdeen Central Library generally on the third Wednesday of each month – 3.45pm to 7.05 pm – Booking is essential.

To make a booking or for more information contact Aberdeen PATLIB

Tel: 01224 652511
E: LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk


Business and Learning in Birmingham Central Library, Floor One, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ

Every Wednesday evening, 5-6.30 pm - appointment necessary.

Contact: Business and Learning
Tel: 0121 303 6800
Textphone: 0121 303 4547
E: businessandlearning@birmingham.gov.uk 

The library also offers weekday appointments [for further information on weekday clinics please contact Business Insight on the details above].

Each appointment will consist of a one-hour confidential consultation with a specialist patent and IP information officer/librarian. These apointments may include:

  • assistance in constructing a search strategy for patents, trade marks or registered design;
  • referral to other agencies for professional help and funding; and
  • supply of and basic guidance on procedures and forms for registration of IP rights.


Business & Patent Services, 3rd Floor Suite, Central Library, Municipal Building, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB

Once a month - Monday evening - appointment necessary.

Contact: Ms Stef Stephenson
Tel: 0113 247 8266
E: piu@leeds.gov.uk.

Leeds Inventors Group
Talks, advice and networking for inventors and entrepreneurs. Monthly in the Central Library

Tel: 0113 247 8266 to book your place.


IP clinics are held at Liverpool Central Library on the first Tuesday of the month – 5.00pm to 7.30 pm - appointment necessary.

To make an appointment contact Ruth Grodner.

Tel: 0151 233 5835
E: libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk 
Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW


Please be advised that as of June 2015, London IP advice clinics are postponed.
You can, however, receive the same free advice by going directly to a patent attorney. We advise those seeking advice to visit our Find a Patent Attorney service where you can search for a London-based patent attorney.

If you have any queries, please call CIPA on 0207 405 9450.


Business and Intellectual Property Centre, Manchester Central Library, St.Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD

Every third Tuesday of the month - 2pm to 6pm - appointment necessary.

Contact: Manchester PATLIB
Tel: 0161 234 1990/91
E: patlib@manchester.gov.uk


Newcastle City Library, Charles Avison Building, 33 New Bridge Street West, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 8AX

Every Wednesday morning and every Friday afternoon.

Contact: Newcastle Libraries’ Patent Advice Service
Tel: 0191 2774100
E: bipcnewcastle@newcastle.gov.uk

We offer free 1-2-1 advice in one-hour appointments. We also have a range of free guides. Sessions take place on Level 1 at Newcastle City Library, just two-minutes walk from Monument metro station. For more information at: www.bipcnewcastle.co.uk

Newport, South Wales

Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8QQ

With the assistance of CIPA the Intellectual Property Office in Newport is now running regular Clinics. An Examiner from the Intellectual Property Office will also take part in the clinic.

For details of the venue, dates and to book an appointment online click here.


Rawlinsons Chartered Accountants, Ruthlyn House, 90 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 2SP. Click here for contact details.

Contact: Joanna Bacon
E: joanna.bacon@rawlinsons.co.uk 

Plymouth & Cornwall

Monthly sessions available at Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University and at one of the following - Pool, Tremough or the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centres in Cornwall.

The One Stop Shop provides a forum for individuals to talk through their inventions/business ideas in a confidential setting, receive face to face expert guidance to enable them to understand how to protect them and explore any potential form business opportunity.

Contact Plymouth University's Enterprise Solutions to find out more or to book.


Call: 0800 052 5600 | Email: enterprisesolutions@plymouth.ac.uk | Visit: www.plymouth.ac.uk/enterprisesolutions |



iPass - Intellectual Property Advice Support Service, School of Law, University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE

Contact: Joe Sekhon (Director of iPass & Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law)
Tel: 02392 84102
E: joe.sekhon@port.ac.uk

Please Note: iPass is funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office and is open to students and alumni of the University of Portsmouth only.


Reference and Information Library, Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ

One day 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. every month - appointment necessary.

Contact: Lynne Hinchliff 
Tel: 0114 2734736/37
E: information.library@sheffield.gov.uk.


Library Office, Central Library, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LW

Last Thursday of each month 5-7 p.m

Contact: Library Administration Office
Tel: 023 8083 4645 before 2 p.m
E: jackie.titcombe@southampton.gov.uk

Other advice and assistance

Some libraries offer basic patent advice, mostly on searching.