Intellectual Property Services in Oxford

Downing IP are experts in Intellectual property proving clients with support and advice on Patents, Trade marks and Design Protection. We work with a range of companies and designers across the UK and work closely with those in the Oxfordshire area.

We work with our clients to protect original ideas and the interests of those who create them. Our clients come from a broad range of backgrounds and industries and have different ideas and inventions but one thing they are all looking for is ‘protection’. If this is you, you might be thinking about speaking to a specialist for some advice.

From small start-ups to multi-nationals we produce effective and affordable strategies for protecting your brand, invention or design.

Not only are we Intellectual Property experts who have the right expertise but we place value on the importance of building good relationships and trust with all our clients.

We like to meet with all our potential clients prior to starting work with them and provide an introductory meeting with one of our specialist lawyers to discuss our services and to see how we can help.

Our Head Office is conveniently situated locally to Oxford in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire just off the M40 however we will be more than happy to visit you. Our specialist attorneys are highly regarded in the IP field as they are able to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to helping you protect your business.

Call us on 01494 422626

Here are 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 vital that when you draft your patent application that you include every detail is correct and you have met all their requirements. 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.

Throughout the process there will be a number of deadlines that need to be met including filing the application and beyond for each country where you wish to obtain a patent. We will ensure that the paperwork has been completed correctly and that deadlines are met.

Infringement should also be looked at before you file your application. Skilled assessment is the only way to see if the scope of these patents impacts upon your own intentions. 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

At Downing IP we work with many companies in the Oxford area supporting those who have an invention they wish to patent to ensure they get the best possible protection.

Find out more about our Patent Services.

Trade marks

Protecting your business name and ideas is a must if you want to avoid other businesses and your competitors from stealing your identity, which is why getting your trade marks registered is important to your business.

If you’re a company based in Oxford and need help with trade mark registration and protection then you can speak to Downing IP. We will search marks to clear them for use, help you to choose which mark or marks to register and for which goods and/or service

We can use our knowledge to optimise the filing program and for example, we can suggest ways of reducing the number of trade mark filings or get more out of the proposed applications by carefully drafting the specification or selection of the mark to register.

When applying for a trade mark, during your application process, you may be a victim of trade mark scams, where organisations send non-official invoices and letters requesting information and/or fees, which are misleading and look very professional. We can provide professional advice and ensure you are not a victim.

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

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

Design Protection

If you’re a company based in Oxford looking to protect your product’s design, then you might want to speak to a design protection specialist.

The reason for protecting your design is to ensure that others do not copy it or infringe too closely with their own designs.

The protection of your design will be based on its aesthetic features which can include:

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

As Intellectual Property experts we help to recognise the design features that should be highlighted, in order to ensure the best and most comprehensive protection for your product.

There are two types of design protection that exist - Registered Design Protection and Design Right Protection. Please contact us to find out which protection is right for your design. Take a look at our Design Protection Services.


If you’re a company in Oxford looking for confidential advice on design protection, trade marks or patents, you can contact one our IP specialists/ patent attorneys on 01494 422626 or fill in our online contact form.

Business in Oxford

Oxford has a thriving business community with various companies making it their home.

Oxford has a diverse economy, which includes manufacturing, IT, publishing and science-based industries as well as education, research and tourism

The presence of the university has given rise to many science and technology based businesses, including Oxford Instruments.

Oxford increasingly has a reputation for being a centre of digital innovation, as epitomised by Digital Oxford. Several start-ups including Passle, Brainomix, Labstep, and more, are based in Oxford.

Oxford has been an important centre of motor manufacturing since Morris Motors was established in the city in 1910. The principal production site for Mini cars, now owned by BMW, is in the Oxford suburb of Cowley.

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