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Get legal help on intellectual property

If you're working on an original invention and have established that nobody else has developed or is developing something similar, you need to consider how you will protect your intellectual property.

You may want to seek a patent or a registered design to keep competitors at bay. But this may not always be the best route - sometimes it could be better to keep quiet about your invention or delay your application. For the advantages and disadvantages of seeking patent protection, see our guides on how to get patent protection for your business and design right and registration.

A will be able to advise you on the best way of exploiting an invention's commercial potential and can also guide you through the application process for patents and registered designs. You can find a patent attorney through the directory on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) website - Opens in a new window.

can advise you on design issues as well as trade marks - which could form an important part of the commercial viability of your invention. Search for a trade mark attorney on the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) website - Opens in a new window. For further information, see our guide on how to use trade marks in your business.

You can also search for a solicitor at the Law Society website - Opens in a new window.

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