Cordelia Payne, Intellectual Property Partner at Acuity Law

Intellectual Property

Lead Partner

Protecting the process, methods and results of creativity and innovation, including inventions, brands and designs, is crucial to business success.

Our team of experienced IP lawyers provide specialist advice across the full spectrum of IP rights, including copyright, trade marks and brand management, passing off, design rights and patents – in particular, IT, electronics, communications, mechanical engineering, chemical and life sciences patents. We are an industry leading intellectual property law firm.

We advise on all stages of IP development from registration, protection, portfolio management, commercialisation and enforcement to brand strategy, revenue generation and internationalisation.

We advise on corporate structuring for IP, the exploitation of IP rights and tech transfer agreements, as well as the IP aspects of larger commercial or corporate deals. We also handle UK and international trade mark and design filings.

On the contentious side, we enforce and defend IP infringement claims and undertake trade mark and design prosecution work, filing and defending trade mark oppositions at a national and international level. We can also help with domain name disputes and competition law in an IP context.

  • Advising, a London-based homewares and furniture brand, on its IP position, agreements with designers and collaborations with a well-known London museum
  • Advising Trinity Brands, the owner of high-end fashion labels, on all business operations matters, including protecting the IP owned by the brands in the group and various IP licencing arrangements
  • Advising a leading national charity on its business-critical IT and business transformation programme, including IP licencing, collaboration and commercialisation arrangements with the provider
  • Advising a global developer of advanced ultrasound skills training simulators on its commercial contracts and the protection of its proprietary IP rights
  • Advising a food manufacturing business on various licencing and manufacturing agreements, and on strategies to protect and exploit its brand


  • The Intellectual Property Team is ranked Tier 2 in Legal 500.

Words from our clients

  • “Available to call upon when we need to provide expert advice. Easy to work with and reliable in keeping us updated as registrations progress over a prolonged period.”

  • “Straightforward to work with, sensible advice to get things done with minimum fuss.”

  • “Knowledgeable, practical, understandable and relevant.”

  • “Specialists available for specific tasks.”

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