Appleyard Lees

United Kingdom (England)

15 Clare Road
Halifax HX1 2HY
United Kingdom (England)

Tel:+44 1422 330 110

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Quick facts:

Established : 1852
Number of Partners: 20
Number of IP Practitioners: 37

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm, with approximately 70 patent and trademark attorneys and litigators.

Who we are, and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive. 

Our commercially intelligent approach to client service incorporates flexibility and adaptability. We strive to be agile, to respond to specific client requirements in a way that suits them.

We help a broad range of IP owners and creators, including in-house teams, R&D specialists, owner-managers and branding professionals, protect and monetise their intellectual property. We also support clients manage post-grant challenges, should they arise. 

Our clients include some of the world’s most exciting innovators, largest companies and household names, with a number of clients obtaining Fortune 500, Fortune Global 2000, FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and Forbes Global 2000 status. Our clients operate across a diverse collection of industries, including chemicals, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, bio and life sciences, pharmaceuticals, metals and heavy industry, higher education and hospitality, leisure and tourism.

In addition to our catalogue of multinational and multimillion-pound clients, Appleyard Lees is equally proud of the role we have played in the growth of start-up businesses. 

The firm recruits the very best professionals who have a passion for their individual areas of specialism, and supports staff throughout their career development. Providing expert training, we ensure our staff can deliver outstanding service.

With offices in UK innovation hotspots, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the UK and worldwide. 

Key IP Areas:

Copyright, Designs, Life sciences, Patent contentious, Patent litigation, Patent prosecution, Patent strategy & counseling, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark litigation, Trade mark prosecution, Trade mark strategy & counseling, Trade mark office proceedings, Patent office proceedings

Sector Expertise:

Artificial intelligence, Agriculture, Aerospace & defence, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Food & beverage, Gaming, Healthcare, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Industrials, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Media, Medical device, Nanotechnology, Oil & gas, Optics & photonics, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Renewable energy, Robotics, Semiconductors, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Universities & research


  • Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Federation International Des Conseils En Propriete Industrielle (FICPI)
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
  • Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)
  • European Trade Mark Protection Association (Marques)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Marques Cyberspace Committee, Bio Industry Association (BIA)
  • Bionow, PraxisUnico, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)
  • INTA Enforcement Committee – Judicial Administration & Trademark Litigation