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About us

Over 20 years protecting clients intellectual property in the UK, Europe & beyond

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From our North of England headquarters we have served thousands of clients across both the UK and international territories since our creation in 2002.

Led by our founder Dominic Elsworth, we have built up an impressive client portfolio across a wealth of sectors and technological industries, including aerospace, engineering, software, agricultural machinery and renewables.

A wholly independent firm, we have the transparency, accountability and accessibility that comes from working with a homegrown team of professionals.  

You can rely on service delivery from only industry-leading senior patent attorneys, with the uppermost experience in all areas of Intellectual Property management. Alongside our paralegal and trade mark specialists, we are proud of the individual and independent advice we can offer our clients.

Why Hargreaves Elsworth?

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Our Values


We are accessible to our clients and partners and we explain well what needs to be done in each situation. We are transparent with our clients throughout all proceedings, seeking approvals where appropriate.


We deliver when we say we will - work is completed on time and to a high level of competence. We offer a high level of support when engaging our services with a warm approach and poignant communication.


Every client circumstances are unique, therefore so should our services be. The most important part of our journey with you is getting to know your business, products and inventions. We then tailor our services and strategy to meet your goals, bringing best outcome and value to what we do for you.


Our clients get access to fully qualified and highly experienced patent attorneys, not junior partners as can be the case with some other providers. Our aim for you is always the best commercial result, and the quality of our work is how we achieve this.

Fully Qualified and Senior Attorneys

Our first question is always to ask, “What do we need to know to ensure the best possible outcome for the client?” From this solid foundation we can then build an effective IP strategy, using our expertise and knowledge in the various offices, legislation and processes that exist around the world. We are qualified to degree level in a variety of technical fields, as well as possessing all of the accreditations and qualifications required of a senior level attorney. Regardless of industry, it is our outstanding ability in the application of our intellectual property expertise that ensures our clients get the best possible result.

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International Expertise

We are not only able to provide services in Europe, before both the European Patent Office and also the EU Intellectual Property Office, but we are also able to represent you before the Unified Patent Court. Our global network of international patent attorneys ensure we can co-ordinate your intellectual property on an international scale.

Your People

Our professional staff have a variety of academic backgrounds and experience of prosecuting patent applications in a vast array of different technical areas including the areas of medical devices and apparatus, computer software, electronics, military equipment, agricultural machinery, food processing, waste processing, fuel systems, DNA nanowires, antimicrobial coatings, protein secretion, biomarkers and crop genetics.

Our Process

Our simple and proven approach aims to ensure the best possible outcome for any designs and copyright within your business and intellectual property portfolio.

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Get to know your business & IP

The first, important stage is to understand your business and the part your intellectual property plays within it. We do this through meetings and reviews of your files and documentation. It is our job to draw out the uniqueness of your design at the very start of the process.

Consideration of prior art

If you are aware of existing intellectual property that may impact your desired goal then we would carry out the necessary searches as required to ensure any potential barriers/issues are identified and incorporated into next steps.

Drafting your documentation

We then prepare the necessary documentation in line with the specific project we are working on. This will vary depending on your particular situation and requirements – for example it could be to map out on paper the unique invention for a patent or to prepare complex files for a revocation case.

Approval of drafting

We will then take the time to ensure you are happy with everything we have drafted before moving to the next stage of dealing with the relevant offices.


Depending on your specific case, we will then submit our documentation to the relevant offices and begin proceedings. With new applications we may also request search and examination reports from the office – before representing you at the various stages of any amendments to your specification.

Representation throughout the process before the relevant offices

There may be multiple stages of iterations and negotiations with the offices. Our experienced patent attorneys will represent you during these phases, keeping you informed throughout and advising you on how to proceed, obtaining your approval when appropriate.

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Core Services


We draft, file and prosecute UK, European and International patent as well as advising on infringement and validity of patents.
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Trade Marks

We prepare, file and prosecute applications to register trade marks as well as advising on trade mark infringement and validity.
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Design & Copyright

We advise on all aspects of registered and unregistered design rights as well as the maintenance and protection of copyright.
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IP Management Strategy

Each strategy is carefully crafted to ensure the most sound and successful approach for your intellectual property, with our qualified and expert team holding the know-how to strategically consider your specific circumstances.
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Search & Watching Services

We carry out considered and cost-effective intellectual property searches and watching services, all in line with your business goals and strategies.
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Licensing & Transactions

Your partner in any IP licensing strategy.
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