Your own in-house IP expert

We know IP can seem complicated and that it’s difficult to find time to manage it well. But if you’re a tech start-up or SME then IP is vital for your business. We talk to you in plain English and work inside your business to design and implement an IP strategy that will free up your time and make sure you’re getting value for money.

About Matter IP

Matter was founded by Stephen Blake and Douglas Rankin, both former senior partners at Marks & Clerk LLP and each with over 15 years of experience as patent attorneys.

Stephen and Douglas wanted to build something new, aimed solely at tech SMEs. These businesses have specific needs and rarely have internal IP support. They need proper IP strategy design and implementation covering everything a Head of IP would do, but they can’t justify hiring someone full-time. Matter is designed to provide that support to your business in a way that suits your requirements and your budget.

CEOs delegate IP strategy to Matter knowing it will be taken care of.  IP protection and risks are managed, patents and trademarks are obtained where necessary and the correct external support is brought in when required.

How we price

When you work with Matter, you get the best quality advice, at great value and with fixed prices.

We don’t bill by the hour so that you don’t have to waste time scrutinising our invoices and can easily see the money you’ve saved.

We only charge where we’re adding value, which means you don’t pay for administrative tasks, you only pay for the decades of expertise we’ve amassed.

And we have a no quibble, 100% money back guarantee.  If you’re not completely satisfied with the work we’ve done for you then just tell us and we’ll return your money.

Our purpose

We want to change the IP sector so it’s fit for the 21st Century.  That means we want to change the way services are delivered, how they are priced and even what those services are.

We are innovators.

It also means we want to change the face of the sector so it’s more diverse and gives equal opportunity for all.  We will do that by providing a firm where people who think like us can find a home, whether they be clients, partners or colleagues.  By changing our corner of the world, we will change the world.

Why Choose us?


  • Big firm quality with a personal touch

    Senior partner expertise with a friendly, modern approach

  • No budget overrun

    Fixed prices and we never go over budget

  • No jargon

    No more confusing jargon-filled emails – we talk in plain English