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Intellectual property

Every business has Intellectual Property (IP)

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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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Legal 500 2018-19 : 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. 

Southampton Contact

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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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

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