Start-ups, Inventors and SMEs


Working with larger corporates may be what keeps the wolf from our door, but meeting and helping new enterprises with exciting ideas is what gets us out of bed in the morning. 

Our patent attorneys have been at this game long enough to have seen many start-up clients achieve their goals for growth and even exit, and to gain an understanding of the needs of this sector. Intellectual property strategy is often particularly crucial for early-stage, technology-driven firms and that doesn’t just mean filing strong patent applications, important as that can be. 

It should start with a hard look at the strengths and distinctions of the technical offering, informed by a thorough knowledge of the existing technology. That can mean making pre-filing searches to supplement your own knowledge where necessary.

If, having taken that hard look, we see problems ahead, you can rely on us to give it to you straight. We pride ourselves on our candour. You take the decisions but you should take them in light of clear guidance and expert judgement. 

We know that cash flow is often a problem for an early stage business. There are strategies for postponing patenting costs which we can help you with and we believe our charging rates to be highly competitive (full details are available on request). We are always happy to meet you, without commitment, to discuss what needs to be done and what it is likely to cost, and we are used to working to a budget ceiling, to give you certainty in financial planning.  

Working with us

We know the law but it’s you that best understands your technology and your market. Strong patents that serve your commercial goals are typically the result of a close and lasting collaboration between patent attorney and client. Client relationships are all important to Bartle Read and in order to foster them we are:


 …in the way that we work with you. Lines of reporting should be set up for your convenience, not ours.


We will often need you to take decisions or to give technical input, but in matters of patent law it is always us that should be proposing solutions to problems.

Plain Spoken

Patents and patent law are ridden with jargon but it’s our job to make sense of it for you, not to bamboozle you with it.
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Bartle Read
Liverpool Science Park
131 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool L3 5TF
United Kingdom

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