Getting professional advice about IP matters

The information in this website is intended to provide useful background about IP and its protection to help your general understanding and when consulting professional advisers about specific IP matters.  The UK Intellectual Property Office also provides a wide range of information on IP matters including:

You are advised to seek appropriate professional assistance whenever you need specific advice on IP matters and especially in commercial situations. The information about IP rights in this website is given in good faith for guidance purposes and must not be relied upon as legal advice.

Qualified IP professionals can be obtained by consulting the following professional bodies:

You can also find UK based solicitors specialising in intellectual property through Find a Solicitor provided by the Law Society.

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

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3rd Floor
95 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 9450
Fax: +44 (0)20 7430 0471

Find a Patent Attorney

Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys


5th Floor Outer Temple
222-225 Strand
London WC2R 1BA

Tel:  +44 (0)20 7101 6090
Fax: +44 (0)20 7101 6099

Find a trade mark attorney

Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association (IPLA)

c/o Rowan Freeland
Simmons & Simmons
One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9SS

Tel: +44 (0)20 7628 2020
Fax: +44 (0)20 7628 2070

Contact details for IPLA member firms, as well as for their representatives, can be found using the IPLA search function.

European Patent Institute (EPI)


Bayerstrasse 83
80335 Munich

Tel +49 (0)89 242052 0
Fax +49 (0)89 242052 20

epi membership is mandatory for all European patent attorneys. The European Patent Office website includes an up-to-date database of professional representatives before the EPO.

Regulation of IP Professionals

Patent and trade mark attorneys registered to practice in the UK are regulated by the IP Regulation Board.

Solicitors registered to practice in the UK are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

All registered European Patent Attorneys are members of the European Patent Institute which is responsible for maintaining high standards of professional conduct.