Individuals and start ups


Individuals and start-up companies often face the biggest challenges when trying to get an idea off the ground: they often understand that they need Intellectual Property (“IP”) protection, but don’t fully understand the nuances of the IP system and find the costs prohibitive.  However, if your business idea is based on innovative technology or a new idea, then having IP protection in place can help you to maintain a competitive edge and/or secure investment.

At Hutchinson IP, we offer a range of services specifically designed for individuals and start-ups. Firstly, we provide initial consultations and advice free of charge and without obligation.  We also provide assistance and ad-hoc services, in addition to conventional “agency” services, so that you only pay for assistance when you need it.  We can also help you with approaching and dealing with investors, and can provide you with bespoke/customisable non-disclosure agreements (NDA) to safeguard your legal position if you are contemplating testing the market before the relevant IP rights are in place…And finally, our fixed-fee pricing policy ensures that there are no nasty surprises!

We specialise in electrical, mechanical and engineering subject matter, but if we can’t help, we will be glad to put you in touch with other specialist advisors who may be able to, such as biotech/chemical patent attorneys, dispute resolution specialists, IP solicitors, accountants, R&D tax credit specialists, etc.