Intellectual Property - MLP Law

Intellectual Property

At mlp law, we understand the importance of protecting your intellectual property (IP) rights in today’s competitive business environment.

With expertise in all aspects of Copyright, Trade Marks, Design Rights, and Patents, our team of solicitors is dedicated to safeguarding your creative and innovative assets.

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0161 926 9969

Our expertise in the following areas


Copyright is an automatic legal protection applying to original works of authorship from literary works to software and architecture and anything in between, which stops others from using your work without your permission.

We can help with:

  • Buying, selling, licencing or franchising your copyright;
  • Infringements, disputes and enforcement;
  • Filings/applications in jurisdictions which are not the UK.
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Trade marks

Trade marks protect product names, logo’s, jingles etc. Ensuring your trade marks are protected prevents others from unfairly capitalising on your brand and reputation.

We can help with:

  • Advising on your trade mark and its likelihood of success for registration;
  • Registering your trade marks;
  • Renewing your trade marks;
  • Trade mark monitoring;
  • Infringements, disputes and enforcement.
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Misuse of confidential information

Misuse of confidential information is a basic right which protects parties from an individual/entity that has received information in confidence from taking unfair advantage and using the information without consent. We can help when both bringing or defending claims in relation to the misuse of confidential information.

Design Rights

Design Rights protect the appearance of a product (e.g. shape, packaging, patterns, decoration etc.) this includes both unregistered and registered design rights.

We can help with:

  • Strategy of your design rights;
  • Registration of design rights;
  • Licensing and assignment;
  • Infringements, disputes and enforcement.
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Patents protect your inventions and products.

We can help with:

  • Patent novelty searches (a comprehensive search to ensure your invention is truly novel);
  • Patent applications;
  • Patent licensing and assignment;
  • Patent renewals;
  • Amending patents (we can revise your application or existing patent to ensure your patent keeps up to date with the advances in your technology);
  • Infringements, disputes and enforcement.
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Domain Name Disputes

Domain Name Disputes including cybersquatting and passing off.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

At mlplaw, we work tirelessly to safeguard your intellectual property assets,
providing expert advice and assistance every step of the way:


We help you navigate the registration process for copyrights, trademarks, designs, and patents, ensuring your IP rights are legally recognized and protected.


In the event of infringement, we take swift and decisive action to protect your rights, pursuing legal remedies and seeking damages on your behalf.


If you’re facing allegations of IP infringement, our experienced solicitors will mount a robust defence, protecting your interests and reputation.

Our Team

Stephen Attree

Managing Partner - Corporate, Commercial, IP and Disputes specialist

Rachel Owen

Partner - Corporate

Karen Delamore

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Ella Coverley

Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Amelia Denton

Trainee Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Max McGenity

Trainee Solicitor – Commercial, IP and Dispute Resolution

Stephen Attree

Managing Partner - Corporate, Commercial, IP and Disputes specialist

Stephen is the Managing Partner of mlplaw and has over 25 years’ experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business law and business ownership. Recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, Stephen is renowned for his ability to quickly identify a client’s successful outcome and to then relentlessly pursue that outcome.

Stephen has developed a particular specialism in digital, technology, healthcare and family owned businesses. He covers all areas of business law and ownership, including commercial litigation and private disputes, and together with his corporate and commercial team provides advice on all aspects of the law relating to mergers, acquisitions, financing, re-structuring, complex commercial contracts, standard trading terms, share options, shareholder and partnership agreements, commercial dispute resolution, joint venture and partnering arrangements, IT and Technology law, Intellectual Property, EU and competition law, Brexit, Data Protection and GDPR.

Stephen spent over 10 years at a leading city firm before moving to mlplaw which he acquired through a MBO in 2014. He continued to develop the firm as a boutique corporate and commercial firm with a specialist private client offering renowned for the quality of its people and its first class client service. During that time Stephen has published a book “Family Business Succession – the options and pitfalls” and raised significant amounts of money for charity.

Stephen works closely with mlplaw’s leadership team to implement improvements and innovations that enhance the service we provide to clients and that make mlplaw an even greater place to work.  This includes a collaborative and innovative approach to pricing including aligning our charges to the outcomes delivered for clients and monthly retainers that covers all our services and a full commitment to hybrid and flexible working and an impressive, flexible, benefits package.  He champions our “Do the Right Thing” initiatives especially our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion efforts and supporting our chosen social enterprises and charities with free advice.

Phone: 0161 926 1524

Rachel Owen

Partner - Corporate

Rachel is a highly experienced Corporate lawyer who joined mlplaw in 2019 from a national law firm and now leads the Corporate Team.

Rachel’s main area of work is mergers and acquisitions covering share and asset acquisitions and disposals, but includes management buy-outs, investments, group re-organisations, demergers, joint ventures, shareholders agreement, articles of association, cross options, share capital arrangements, corporate governance, employee ownership schemes and share incentive schemes.

She has a pragmatic approach and understands client’s priorities and objectives. She assists with the day to day needs of business clients.

Rachel has gained particular experience in the Insurance and Healthcare sectors, but acts for clients from across the spectrum.

Phone: 0161 926 1579

Karen Delamore

Partner - Corporate and Commercial

Karen has broad and extensive experience in corporate and commercial law and particular expertise in equipment leasing and asset finance, both working in law firms and in- house positions.

Karen studied French and Russian at Oxford University before attending Chester law school and training in a London law firm. She relocated, shortly after qualifying, to Paris and spent several years working in the Paris branch of the London law firm, specialising in shipping and aviation finance where her clients included French banks ,a leading Irish aircraft lessor and a major French shipping company. She returned to the UK in 1998 and spent 12 years as senior counsel in GE Capital’s European equipment leasing business and (after its sale from GE ) 4 years for TIP Trailer Services working on major customer leasing transactions and disposals and acquisitions of related businesses . Prior to joining MLP Karen was a partner in a national law firm. In her spare time Karen enjoys golf, yoga, dancing and learning Spanish.

Phone: 0161 926 9969

Ella Coverley

Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Ella joined mlplaw in 2019 as a paralegal in the Corporate and Commercial team providing advice to businesses and private individuals. Ella’s particular interest lies with the company/corporate side of the department.

Previous to her employment with mlplaw, Ella spend over 12 years in Event Management before she decided to go back into education and study law.

Ella graduated from the University of Manchester in 2017 and finished her LPC with the University of Law.

Outside of work Ella spends most of her time with her family enjoying theatre breaks and weekend trips around the UK.

Phone: 0161 926 1512

Amelia Denton

Trainee Solicitor - Corporate, Commercial and IP

Amelia completed her LPC with a distinction in 2021 with the University of Law. Whilst studying for both her LLB and LPC, Amelia gained experience working as a legal assistant both in practice and in-house. It was during this time and experience that emphasised her particular interest within commercial law.

Amelia is a valued member of our Commercial, IP and Dispute resolution teams, she advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious business law. Amelia hopes to develop her knowledge and skills further enabling her to progress at MLP Law, ultimately qualifying as a solicitor.

Outside of work Amelia enjoys trying different restaurants, watching live music and attending comedy clubs, country walks and spending time with family and friends.

Phone: 0161 926 1528

Max McGenity

Trainee Solicitor – Commercial, IP and Dispute Resolution

Max is a Trainee Solicitor in the Commercial, IP and Dispute Resolution team and works with a variety of clients such as owner-run businesses, national corporations and private individuals.

Having joined mlplaw as a Corporate Paralegal in November 2021, Max has built up experience in this area and hopes to continue developing his Business Services skillset.

Max graduated from the University of Oxford in 2014 and has since been a manager at a national education charity and started his own business as a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher. He completed his LPC and LLM at BPP University Manchester, having gained legal work experience at both a mid-sized Liverpool practice and a large London firm.

Having stepped away from the fitness industry to return to the law, Max’s love of exercise continues outside of work; he is a regular gym-goer and a fan of physical challenges. He also enjoys live music and comedy, and a good pub quiz.

Phone: 0161 926 1523

Why choose us

1. Unparalleled Expertise and Experience

We are vastly experienced, Legal-500 recommended
legal experts. We provide no-nonsense, commercial advice, achieving
successful outcomes for employers.

2. Your business, your service

Your business is unique, as are the challenges it faces.
That’s why our approach is always as unique as
your business itself.

We don’t like one-size-fits-all strategies. We’re all about crafting tailored strategies that fit
your specific needs.

Communication is key. We’re fluent in plain language
and have no time for legal jargon. We believe in complete transparency and proactivity, providing you with a clear path and fixed fees so you’re never caught off guard.


“Always on top of the latest changes and challenges facing businesses, providing simple and effective advice. We have peace of mind knowing that we have the back up and support of a trusted team.”

-Simon Kane, National Administration Manager, GKR Karate Admin Services LLP

“Constantly high-quality assistance in a wide-range of HR and Employment Law issues, including major projects like a redundancy process, disciplinaries and Employment Tribunal claims, down to quick small enquiries. The replies are always clear and thorough, in easy-to-understand language.”

-Simon Yates, Finance Director and Company Secretary, Rota Limited

“The experience has been fantastic, and head and shoulders above our experience with other professional service firms. They are responsive, professional, understanding of our business needs and patient with us as a client.”

-Rob Sandbach, Managing Director, Indiespring

“I thought mlp team’s advocacy at the remote Employment Tribunal hearing was excellent, as was their clear advice on the process throughout. They championed our case professionally and achieved a successful outcome, whilst maintaining a commercial approach.”

– Hospitality sector client, following our
successful defence of a claim of unfair dismissal

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