Scottish intellectual property firm unveils ambitious growth plans

Lawrie IP senior management team from L-R: Craig Hutchison, Donald Lawrie, Diane Cameron, Sharon Mackison
Lawrie IP senior management team from L-R: Craig Hutchison, Donald Lawrie, Diane Cameron, Sharon Mackison

Lawrie IP, an independent Scottish firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, is unveiling ambitious plans to boost its turnover from almost £2 million to £5m and double its number of employees over the next five years.

It plans to target businesses across Europe and beyond, as well as continuing to grow throughout the UK.

The Glasgow-headquartered firm was founded by Donald Lawrie in 2010 to offer intellectual property (IP) services – including advice on patents, trade marks, copyright and designs – to a range of clients. In particular, it has worked with Scottish SMEs in a variety of sectors, including food and drink, life sciences, oil and gas, physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, energy, optics and television and radio.

Donald Lawrie is a Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney. Before launching Lawrie IP, he worked for one of the UK and Europe’s largest firms of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.  

Lawrie IP has gone from one person – founder Donald Lawrie – to 17 employees in the last eight years and now has a turnover approaching £2m. It is aiming to grow its team to more than 30 by 2023 at the same time as more than doubling its turnover to £5m.

Donald Lawrie explained: “One of the biggest issues for our industry is recruitment. There are fewer than 30 Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys and only around 100 Chartered Patent Attorneys in active practice in Scotland. We’ll be looking to attract qualified professionals to Scotland as well as taking on trainees.

“As well as continuing to expand our client base in Scotland, we aim to grow our business throughout the UK and overseas. We have shown that we have the ability to expand quickly since we launched in 2010 and I’m confident the business has the potential to achieve our ambitious growth plans.

“We pride ourselves on giving clear, accessible and, most importantly, useful IP advice to all our clients. This will remain our philosophy as we grow.”