Intellectual Property


Your innovative ideas need expert protection. Whether you are a start-up business growing, or you are a large multinational, protecting your intellectual property effectively means protecting your profit and shareholder value.

Your IP protection and enforcement strategy should be as sophisticated as and align with any other strategic consideration in your business; it should not only protect your IP assets effectively, but also be future proof and commercially sound.

We pride ourselves on giving practical, no-nonsense advice in relation to all elements of intellectual property – trade marks, copyright, design rights, registered design, patents, confidential and trade secrets – and are dedicated to helping clients achieve a watertight IP strategy.

Our specialist in-house trade mark team are well-equipped to service clients’ national and international trade mark and registered design portfolios.

Key intellectual property services

Managing your intellectual property

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
  • Trade mark opposition proceedings
  • Trade mark invalidity proceedings
  • Licensing your IP or obtaining an IP licence

Examples of intellectual property cases

  • Settlement of a partnership dispute concerning ownership of IP.  The client had been threatened with having to stop use of the partnership IP- we negotiated a settlement in our client’s favour enabling her to continue to use the IP she had created and continue the business in the future. 
  • Licensing client software to the military. The client had been presented with a huge contract and was struggling to wade through it and understand it.  We walked the client through the obligations and liabilities and successfully negotiated various amendments which restricted our client’s liability to an appropriate level and ensured that all IP rights were retained by our client thereby allowing the client to licence the software to other customers.
  • Settling a patent dispute for a client – the client’s former co-director had forced him out of the business and was continuing to use his patented products without any recompense. We successfully negotiated a settlement, purchase of our client’s shares for value and put in place a proper licence agreement, recouping significant backdated royalties and ongoing royalty payments for many years to come. 
  • Management of the client’s global trade mark portfolio – we liaise with international agents on our client’s behalf, keep on top of the renewal dates, deal with international oppositions and file new trade marks.

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Meet the team

Our Intellectual Property team is made up of 2 partners, 1 associate and 1 administrative assistant. You can find contact details for them below.

Introducing your key contact

Laura Trapnell
Partner – Head of Commercial and Intellectual Property



How we’ve helped our clients

“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

Legal 500 – 2022 Edition

Operating from Southampton, Paris Smith LLP works with SMEs to develop IP audit strategies, in addition to managing a number of international trade mark portfolios. Laura Trapnell leads the team and stands out for her expertise in the food and drink marker, representing a number of companies from the sector on trade mark registration and licensing. Helen Brown acts in IP disputes as part of a broad commercial litigation practice.

Sources say:

  • “In depth understanding of intellectual property and pragmatic approach to IP protection”
  • “Ability to communicate in terms early stage businesses readily understand. Particularly commend Laura Trapnell who has been outstanding”
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