The Team

Charlie Ashworth is a Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney, and the founder of Venture Proof.  Charlie has spent the past 16 years helping businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs to protect their innovative ventures.  She co-authored the Dummies Guide to Patents, Registered Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright and has assessed over 4,000 ideas since entering the profession in 2002.

Charlie has a degree in Industrial Design Engineering, and a Masters in Intellectual Property Law and Management.  She went on to work for a leading design consultancy, then an invention house, and has helped to protect ideas from a wide variety of market sectors to include medical devices, green-tech, toys and web technologies. She spotted a need for a 21st Century intellectual property consultancy, and is working with partners, consultants and other experts to deliver advice, support & fixed-price services to protect your assets.


David Stanley is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney and Registered Trade Mark Agent of over thirty years experience in the patent and trade mark profession.  He graduated with honours in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and worked both for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in technical and production roles and for ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) in a number of commercial roles.

David runs his own practice Stanleys IP.


Allister McManus a Registered Trade Mark Attorney dealing with both contentious and non-contentious trade mark work. Allister has experience in both UK and EU Community Trade Marks and in managing international trade mark portfolios, which includes due diligence/searching, filing, prosecution, and maintenance of trade marks.

Allister also assists clients with pre-litigation trade mark issues, including pursuing and defending infringements and anti-counterfeiting strategies..