About Us

We are a vibrant, boutique patent and design attorney practice specialising in mechanical inventions, physical sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical diagnostics, and computer-implemented inventions.

We are friendly, flexible and approachable. Capella IP was founded in 2009 with the aim of providing clients with the ability to obtain, manage and use their Intellectual Property effectively. With Capella IP you will develop the tools and experience to manage your IP and you will find solid experience and keen pricing.

We offer a bespoke service to suit your needs. Following a briefing from you, we will provide a cost estimate for time-based tasks. We use standard charges for more routine tasks. An initial, no obligation consultation is free by phone or in person.

We are members of the European Institute of Representatives before the European Patent Office. We are also regulated by the UK’s IP Regulation Board. We hold professional indemnity insurance with PAMIA. We represent clients from the UK and overseas before the UK IP Office, the European Patent Office, and the EU IP Office.

We are based in the Highlands of Scotland, near the shores of Loch Ness.



Dr Kate Macdonald, BSc (Hons), PhD, EPA, CPA, RPA

Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney and European Design Attorney.

Kate advises on IP protection at all stages of development, from new ideas to long term IP strategies. Kate advises on European, UK and International patent and design protection (drafting, filing and prosecuting patents and designs) as well as on IP commercialisation and routes to market. Kate also advises on IP/R&D agreements, Freedom to Operate, IP validity and infringement analysis and IP training/awareness. She understands business needs, timescales and commercial realities, bringing effective solutions to IP issues. If you have an IP problem or just want to know more get in touch for a free, initial consultation.

Kate is a PhD Physicist and her career in IP spans almost 25 years, initially working in private practice advising businesses of all sizes followed by almost 7 years in-house at a global multinational corporation within the medical devices and diagnostics sector.

Kate's technical expertise includes: physical sciences, life sciences and healthcare, mechanical, electrical, electronic and telecoms engineering, oil and gas, subsea technologies, renewable energy, software, protocols and algorithms, mechanical devices and processes, manufacturing equipment and processes, web production technology and processes, medical devices and diagnostics, biosensors, neural networks, and user interfaces.

Allison Rodgers BSc (Hons)

Allison heads up our administration and accounting departments, taking care of all our patent formalities.  She has a degree in Physics from the University of Newcastle, is a qualified bookkeeper, and has qualified for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Certificate in Patent Administration. Allison also heads up our renewals department.

Lisa Daines BA (Hons)

Lisa is an experienced administrator. She has a degree in Modern History and Politics from the University of Sheffield and has worked in the legal and property sectors for many years. Lisa takes care of our administration projects, large and small.


Our Broader Team

We liaise closely with selected specialists, co-operating on projects where appropriate. The team has significant multinational experience in-house with large US multinationals and in private practice.

  • Office & Correspondence Address: Suite 5 Nexus, Solasta House, 8 Inverness Campus, Inverness , IV2 5NA Scotland
  • Tel: +44 (0) 1463 225749

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