The Intellectual Property Regulation Board

The Intellectual Property Legal Profession – contributing to “UK PLC”

Intellectual Property Rights:

Intellectual property rights cover trade marks, patents, copyrights and designs. The intellectual property legal profession operates across the UK, European and world markets. In 2011, the UK intellectual property market had an estimated worth of £63.5 billion.

World leaders:

The specialist lawyers regulated by IPReg protect the ideas, inventions, designs and logos of world leading organisations such as:

  • BAE Systems
  • BP
  • British Telecoms
  • BBC
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Unilever

And the Ministry of Defence


Industries which invest heavily in IP assets play an important role in our economy.  The Taylor Wessing Global IP Index ranks the UK’s overall IP environment as the global leader.A study in 2013 found that IPR-intensive industries generated an estimated 27% of UK employment and 37% of UK Gross Domestic Product (the total value of good produced and services provided during one year). In 2014, an estimated 38,000 UK firms applied for some form of IP right.

Our Attorneys:

For example, our Trade Mark Attorney Board member, Alicia Chantrey, is Assistant General Counsel at GSK, a U.K. based, science-led, global health care company. Alicia and her colleagues protect the intellectual property of GSK’s product range such as  Seretide®, Cervarix®, Horlicks®, Sensodyne® and Tums®. This 300 year old company has trade marks dating back to the 1870s, a £23 billion group turnover and 100,000 employees across 115 countries.

The size of the profession:

Total number of Attorneys as at: Patent Attorneys Trade Mark Attorneys Dual
(Patent & Trade Mark)
Total Number of Attorneys
1st April 2010 * 1,798 772 2,570
1st April 2011 1,528 462 317 2,307
1st April 2012 1,591 484 309 2,384
1st April 2013 1,671 520 309 2,500
1st April 2014 1,785 545 249 2,579
1st April 2015 1,769 581 291 2,641
1st April 2016 1,845 604 284 2,733
1st April 2017 1,898 638 274 2,810

* these figures are inclusive of the dual qualified attorneys
Total Number of Regulated Entities as at:            Number
31st December 2011 181
31st December 2012 184
31st December 2013 200
31st December 2014 218
31st December 2015 223
31st December 2016 225