Intellectual Property Services in Reading, Berkshire

If you have a new invention whether it is a product, design or idea and you would like to protect it, you might be thinking about speaking to a patent attorney for some advice.

Downing IP are specialists in Patents, Trademarks and Design Protection and work closely with many international companies and business start-ups across the Reading, Berkshire area.

Our clients are looking for one thing ‘protection’. We work with companies from a broad range of backgrounds and industries from SME’s to large scale organisations who all have different inventions and ideas. But they all have one thing in common, they want to work with an Intellectual Property expert who have the right expertise and places value on the importance of building good relationships and trust.

Our Head Office is conveniently situated locally to Reading in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. We like to meet with all our potential clients prior to starting work with them and provide a free introductory meeting with one of our specialists to discuss our services and to see how we can help. Our specialists are highly regarded in the industry as they are able to bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to helping you protect your business.

Here are some of the areas within Intellectual Property we can help with:


Patents are grants made by national governments and protect new inventions. They give the owner the right to stop others acting in a way that may have a negative impact on your new product or idea. 

A patent protects your invention and lets you take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells or imports your invention without your permission for a fixed period of time.

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. Downing IP can help draft your patent application and when needed we will use our skills and experience to persuade examiners of the merits of the application. We will bring the technical skills that are essential to an understanding of the invention.

There are also a number of deadlines that need to be met from being filed to be granted and beyond. Downing IP can ensure that all the paperwork has been completed correctly and that deadlines are met.

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

At Downing IP we work with many companies in the Reading, Berkshire area, supporting those who have an invention they wish to patent to ensure they get the best possible protection in the countries where they intend to market it.

Find out more about our Patent Services.


A trademark, is a recognisable sign, design or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from others, and more importantly your competitors.

If you’re a company in the Reading area looking for help with trade mark registration and protection then Downing IP can help. 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 trademark filings or get more out of the proposed applications by carefully drafting the specification or selection of the mark to register.

Watching searches can and should be put in place, enabling you to act at an early stage should your mark be under threat. We can arrange these and help to resolve any problems as effectively and cost-efficiently as possible.

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

More so now than ever companies are becoming victims to trademark invoice fraud. There are two sorts of fraud that we see on a regular basis. The first is where the scammer offers to do something that doesn’t need to be done, and the second is where they offer to do something that does need doing, but their cost is outrageously inflated.

Downing IP can provide expert advice and will check the invoice over to ensure it is legit and are not trapping you into paying unnecessary fees

If you’re a company in the Reading 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 trademark application in other countries.

Design Protection

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

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

It is important to 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.

There are two types of design protection that exist - Registered Design Protection and Design Rights Protection.

Obtaining Registered Design Protection requires an application that is detailed, structured and filed before the design comes onto the market. Working with an experienced Patent Attorney ensures your application meets all of the requirements.

Take a look at our Design Protection Services.

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

Business in Reading

Businesses are drawn to the area by the availability of a highly skilled workforce, access to international transport hubs (including Heathrow Airport), a high quality of life on offer and knowledge intensive business clusters based around the following sectors: ICT, Business & Financial Services, Energy & Renewables, Pharma – Bio, Defence and Cybernetics at the University of Reading.

What you might not know is that 13 companies based in Reading were featured in The Business Magazine’s top 100 tech companies by turnover. In total, the Greater Reading area, which includes Bracknell, Theale and Wokingham accounts for over 20% of the 100 companies listed.

A Local Economic Assessment (LEA) has been carried out by a world class team of academics from the University of Reading and found that…

  1. A growing but progressively more international population and labour force is to be expected
  2. Model of the entrepreneurial area is quite striking
  3. Part of the strength of the enterprise culture of the Reading Diamond is the degree to which large and small firms complement each other

A key aspect of the consistently strong economic performance is Reading’s proximity to Heathrow, which has attracted leading international companies.

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