If you come up with an idea that no one has had before, it could be valuable. You’ll want to make sure that somebody else doesn’t commercialise it before you. This is where a Chartered Patent Attorney comes in.
Chartered Patent Attorneys are highly-qualified legal experts who specialise in protecting and defending your intellectual property (IP). They also have qualifications in science, technology or engineering, enabling them to understand extremely technical and specialised innovations. They can guide you through your journey from early development of an idea through patenting and registering a trade mark to product commercialisation. They can also advise you on IP strategy in different market sectors or territories.
That is why inventors, entrepreneurs and creative businesses consider patent attorneys as trusted members of their development teams. They bring a specialist knowledge and skill set that cannot be replicated by other advisors.
A Chartered Patent Attorney can help your enterprise thrive over the long term. For example, they can provide guidance on attracting investment, advise on the speed and scale of your product development and help you open new income streams through licensing your IP.
The UK leads the world in this area of law, so you can relax in the knowledge that a UK qualified Chartered Patent Attorney is protecting your ideas and the future of your business.
Simply put, Chartered Patent Attorneys (CPAs) have attained the highest standards of professional practice in intellectual property law. They will help you secure the correct protection and will provide you with the most informed and reliable business advice.
CPAs are Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys – the UK’s largest IP membership body. Our members have a global reputation for exceptional quality which we help them to maintain via an extensive programme of continuing professional development (CPD).
You may encounter other legal professionals in the process of protecting your IP such as trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers.
Most CPA’s are also European Patent Attorneys (EPAs), qualified to represent clients before the European Patent Office. Some are also Registered Trade Mark Attorneys.
We organise clinics where you can receive free advice from a Chartered Patent Attorney. We recommend using this service as a ‘first port of call’ for those seeking initial guidance.
In very many cases, a CIPA member will be able to provide qualified advice in multiple areas of law and act as a single point of contact for the duration of your journey.