Our services are centred around intellectual property that can be registered. We protect innovation, design, and branding across all sectors of industry, and at all stages in the supply chain.

For each IP right we offer services covering strategic advice, pre-registration searches, registrations and renewals, oppositions and dispute resolution. We handle work throughout the world, working with local colleagues in over 100 countries.


Our attorneys specialise in one or more sectors of industry, which enables them to provide quality advice with a commercial focus.

Our patent specialists have detailed understanding of the background technology, which ensures that your patent applications are prepared with the correct scope, reducing the likelihood of challenges from third parties and objections from the patent office.

They also advise whether other forms of protection would be more appropriate. Our brand specialists work with brand managers for leading brands and their advice is commercially focussed making sure that you get the best value from your budget.

30th Oct 2012

Patents county court: punching above it’s weight

The most recent reincarnation of the Patents County Court (PCC) is enjoying success. This month, as the PCC celebrates the second anniversary of its restructuring, we reflect on the characteristics that have allowed it to make a name for itself as a fleet-footed contender in a system of heavy-weight Intellectual Property courts. Although the PCC […]

29th Oct 2012

Should drug trials be allowed without the risk of patent infringement?

On 24th October 2012, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) launched a formal consultation on proposals to amend the Patents Act. The proposed changes would allow clinical and field trials for new drugs to be carried out without the risk of patent infringement. The proposal is of course relevant to patent holders in the pharmaceutical field. […]

25th Oct 2012

Apple v Samsung “tablet” – losing is a bitter pill?

Just occasionally the public imagination is fired by an Intellectual Property dispute. The popular press reports the dispute as a “war” comprising a series of “battles” each deciding whether one party has has “stolen” Intellectual Property from the other. We thus have soldiers, thieves and the occasional smoking gun. In this context, Apple have just […]

16th Oct 2012

Beyond the code – the art of intellectual property in a digital environment

Our very own Pete Sadler & Tom Sharman will be joined by Jon Sutcliffe from Kingston Smith LLP, to deliver this workshop at the General Assembly London on the 6th December 2012. Overview Whether you are a technology or telecoms giant or just about to launch your first Smartphone app, intellectual property (IP) may well […]

15th Oct 2012

EPO clarity objections: raising the bar too high?

Article 84 of the European Patent Convention has always required that the claims of a patent application be clear. However, ‘The Raising The Bar’ initiative of The European Patent Office (EPO) has given examiners new cause to focus on clarity requirements. The EPO are now raising objections increasingly to the clarity of terms used in […]

8th Oct 2012

Petitions to the enlarged board of appeal – more hope than expectation?

In 2008 the European Patent Convention was amended to allow parties of appeal proceedings to petition the Enlarged Board of Appeal to review decisions. The Enlarged Board is the European Patent Office’s highest appellate body and had previously only taken cases referred by the Boards of Appeal or the President of the EPO. The Enlarged […]

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