Patent & Trademark Services In Guildford

If your business is based in the Guildford area and you have a new product, design or idea and you would like to protect it, you might be thinking about speaking to an intellectual Property company for advice.

Downing IP are experienced attorneys who specialise in Patents, Trade marks and Design Protection and work closely with many companies across the Guildford, Surrey area.

We work with clients from a broad range of backgrounds and industries as well as both SME’s and large scale organisations. Our clients choose to work with us because they want to work with a company who place value on the importance of building good relationships and trust.

We are conveniently based in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, just off the M25, and offer a free introductory meeting with one of our specialist lawyers to discuss your requirements and to see how we can help. Our specialist attorneys are high regarded in the Law industry as they can bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to helping you protect your business.

Take a look at some of the areas within Intellectual Property we can help with:


A patent protects your invention and lets you take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells, or imports your invention without your permission.

It is important that when you draft your patent application that you ensure every detail is correct and you have met all the requirements to ensure a quick application process and to avoid paying additional fees. Here at Downing IP we will help you to draft your patent application and if needed use our skills and experience to persuade examiners of the merits of the application saving you time and potential money.

It is crucial that when you go to draft your patent application that you ensure every detail is correct and you have met all the requirements. There are also a number of deadlines that need to be met from being filed to be granted and beyond.

It is also important to check at the Patent Office if what you want to do would infringe any other patent. We can work through this with you and help you to ensure disputes are avoided.

The granted patents alongside some applications are subject to frequent renewal fees. We will track these fees and ensure that if you want them to be paid - and the patent maintained - the fees are met

We work with many companies in the Guildford area who want to ensure that the invention, product, or idea they wish to patent gets the best possible protection in the countries where they intend to market it.

Find out more about our Patent Services.

Trade marks

There is no legal requirement to register a Trade Mark but by protecting your business name and you will avoid other businesses and your competitors from stealing your identity, which is vital to your business.

Here at Downing IP our attorneys can help with all aspects of your trade mark registration and protection. We will search marks to clear them for use and help you to choose which mark or marks to register and for which goods and/or services. We can use our expertise to optimise the filing program and we can look at ways of reducing the number of trademark filings or get more out of the proposed applications by careful drafting the specification or selection of the mark to register.

If you want to protect your Trade mark in other countries than the UK you will need to apply to each country individually as trademark laws vary, this is an area Downing IP know well.

What to do if you are a victim of a trade mark scam or invoice fraud

So many companies today are receiving unsolicited invoices and letters from companies who claim to be legitimate IP organisations. Downing IP can provide expert advice and will check the invoice over to ensure it is legitimate and not trapping you into paying unnecessary fees.

Read our blog on IP Scam Invoices for more information.

If you’re a company in the Guildford area looking for help with trade mark registration and protection, then Downing IP can help.

Find out more about our Trademark Services including meeting deadlines and filing your trade mark application in other countries.

Design Protection

There are many reasons for protecting your design, the main reason is to ensure that others do not copy it or infringe too closely with their own designs.

If you are looking for design protection speak to Downing IP to ensure you have the best and most comprehensive protection for your design. As Intellectual Property experts, our expertise lies in helping to recognise the design features that should be highlighted.

The protection of your design will be based on its aesthetic features including:

  • The appearance
  • The physical shape
  • The configuration
  • The decoration

There are two types of design protection that exist - Registered Design Protection and Design Rights Protection. Speak to Downing IP to find out which protection is the right one for you.

Find out more about our Design Protection Services.

If you’re a company in the Guildford, Surrey area and are looking for confidential advice on design protection, trade marks or patents, you can contact one our IP specialists on 01494 422626 or fill in our online contact form.

Business in Guildford

Guildford is now recognised as a place of style and as a location for successful, international businesses.

With great transport links from central London and Heathrow & Gatwick airports Guildford was recently voted the most competitive town of its kind in the UK. And with that accolade, it is naturally a great place to do business.

The Financial Times annual list of Top 500 Global Companies lists four major businesses with a significant Guildford presence. 

These are Sanofi-Aventis, a pharmaceuticals and biotechnology company; Phillips Electronics, a leisure goods specialist; Colgate-Palmolive, the personal goods company and Electronic Arts, specialising in leisure products. 

Many of these are within the growing cluster of new technology businesses, including information technology, bioscience, satellite communications and engineering.  

Guildford is the home to a world class research led university and research park.  All this makes Guildford particularly attractive to new and existing knowledge intensive companies.

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