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Intellectual property solicitors

Every business has Intellectual Property (IP)

Legal 500 2021 Leading Firm Ranked in Chambers

Appointments during Coronavirus lockdown

During these difficult and unprecedented times, please rest assured that the IP and commercial teams at Paris Smith are still available to support you and your business, should you need us. Whether you are an existing client or somebody who needs assistance for the first time, we can still meet or speak with you via Skype, Facetime or other video conferencing facilities.

For more information, please call either the head of our IP team, Laura Trapnell, on 023 8048 2114, or the head of our commercial team, Crispin Dick on 023 8048 2107; or visit our team and individual lawyers’ pages for our contact details.

Every business has a brand, a corporate badge, a website, products and services, internal and employee know-how, a database and external contracts – these are your valuable Intellectual Property. 

IP is estimated to represent more than 75 per cent of the value of most businesses. We are here to help you make sure your most valuable asset is protected.

Our specialist team of intellectual property lawyers in Hampshire can help you develop practical and commercial legal solutions which recognise and build upon the value of your IP.

Forecasting Your Intellectual Property

  • IP audit
  • IP strategy
  • Business objectives and financial budgeting
  • IP corporate governance
  • Buying and selling IP assets
  • IP portfolios
  • R&D work and tax credit schemes

Defending Your Intellectual Property

  • If you think a third party is using your IP
  • If you have received a ‘cease and desist’ letter
  • Negotiating co-existence agreements
  • Settling IP disputes

Exploiting your Intellectual Property

  • Protecting your brand name or trademark
  • Copyright
  • Database right and data protection
  • Confidentiality
  • Registered and unregistered design right
  • Expanding into a new territory
  • Licensing your IP or obtaining an IP licence
  • Employees and IP ownership issues
  • IT and technology agreements

Laura Trapnell
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2114
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Meet the Team

Arezou Rezai

T: 023 8048 2330
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Ryan Mitchell

T: 023 8048 2316
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Crispin Dick
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2107
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Kate Mears
Secretary/Intellectual Property Assistant

T: 023 8048 2155
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We use Paris Smith for a wide range of legal advice and support. Laura has played a key role in the decision making process of the company by providing us with the benefit of her knowledge and experience in the specialised areas of trademarks, patents and intellectual property. Her advice has always been relevant, swift and concise. Advising non-specialists is a skill in its own right and Laura is able to explain the implications and opportunities arising from the request rather than just delivering us the results.

- Nick Lake, FD – Barfoots of Botley

“We have been with Paris Smith for a while now and cannot fault Laura’s flexible, personable approach to helping us protect our IP.”

- Dylan Ferrett, 3SDM Wheels

“Laura Trapnell and her team are responsible, commercially minded and friendly. I enjoy working with them and highly recommend them.”

- Helga Chapman, Director, Chapman & Co

This is to confirm that Laura Trapnell of Paris Smith has been acting for Jane Austen’s House Museum in relation to both our registered trade marks and wider IP.

Laura has always given the Museum an excellent professional service and we appreciate how she has tailored her advice to the needs of our charity.

- Mary Guyatt, Director

Jane Austen's House Museum

The Blue Lamp Trust charity needed to ensure copyright and trade mark protection for an image it had created for its business and turned to Laura Trapnell for assistance. Laura proved both very knowledgeable and helpful, steering us through what seemed a complex process, in clear and easy to follow steps. I am confident we would not have achieved our copyright and trade mark without Laura’s professional assistance and would have no hesitation in recommending her to any client in need of assistance with Intellectual Property.

- Jim Bettley, General Manager

The Blue Lamp Trust

Paris Smith has helped us with regard to the protection and exploitation of our intellectual property along with giving us a lot of help and advice in becoming GDPR compliant.  We were really happy with the service we received and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

- Karen Read, Director

Wetwheels Solent CIC

Clients found the team ‘very knowledgable, helpful and efficient.’ Others state ‘We have an excellent relationship with Laura Trapnell, who has a wealth of business-minded expertise in IP.’ Another source states ‘Laura’s attention to detail and having our interests in mind, mean we always have great confidence in her ability.’


Legal 500 2020

Paris Smith LLP is known primarily for its work in IP audit and strategy, trademarks, international licensing and franchising, and contentious IP, regularly receiving client referrals from local and national patent and trade mark attorneys such as Chapman IP, Deverill IP and Barker Brettell. Intellectual property department head Laura Trapnell is ‘quick to respond and always really helpful with fantastic customer service‘. Emily Sadler is noted for her expertise in franchise agreements and disputes. 


Legal 500 2018-19

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