Getting professional advice about IP matters

The information about IP rights in this website is given in good faith on behalf of the members of IPAN to provide useful background to help your general understanding and when consulting professional advisers about specific IP matters.  The information does not constitute legal advice and must not relied on as such.  Any views or opinions expressed, for example in the topic briefs, are provided for guidance only and are not binding on IPAN members nor necessarily shared by all IPAN members. 

The UK Intellectual Property Office also provides a wide range of background information on IP matters including:

You are strongly advised to seek appropriate professional assistance whenever you need specific advice on IP matters and especially in commercial situations. 

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

CIPA 125 year Logo

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 Arty Rajendra
Osborne Clarke LLP
 One London Wall
London EC2Y 5EB

Contact details for IPLA member firms, as well as for their representatives, can be found on their website.

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.