Services

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.

Sectors

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.

28th Feb 2013

The unified patent court: forum shop ’til you drop?

It finally looks like the Unitary Patent Package is on the way. Although the International agreement forming the Unified Patent Court has not yet been ratified, the latest draft of the agreement has been approved and signed by the European Council. So what does the agreement tell us about where infringement cases will be heard, […]

25th Feb 2013

More important than ever to protect software?

Software developers often consider that copyright will put them in a strong position to protect their software. However, the limitations of relying on copyright to protect software have recently been highlighted in the case of SAS Institute Inc (SAS) v World Programming Limited (WPL) recently handed down by the High Court of England and Wales. By […]

20th Feb 2013

Can anybody help SME?

For innovative SMEs the task of coming up with new ideas is often the easy part. The on-going task of developing that idea into a viable, and profitable, product that is properly protected is often where SMEs have difficulties. And so we ask, can anybody help SME? The UK Government has a number of programmes […]

20th Feb 2013

Consultation on EP rule changes

On 15th January, the EPO opened a consultation period regarding possible changes which would allow applicants of European applications that are based on PCT applications (Euro-PCT applications) to have the EPO carry out additional searches where the EPO find a lack of unity of invention. The consultation period is set to end on 25th February. […]

12th Feb 2013

Attack of the clones – defending your website

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but if someone is copying your website you will want to take steps fast to have the website taken down, or at least to have the offending material removed from their site. The problem is that it can be very difficult to identify the person or organisation […]

12th Feb 2013

In or out? – the UK in Europe

The United Kingdom government has announced its desire to negotiate a new settlement with our European partners leading up to a UK referendum with a simple question, should we be in, or out. The premise for such an approach, we are told, is that too many powers are centralised with the European Union that should, […]

11th Feb 2013

Special delivery – the European unitary patent package

Since the inception of the European patent system back in the 1970s there has been a certain amount of discontent. The establishment of a central granting body, the European Patent Office (EPO), was a great accomplishment, but still resulted in individual national rights enforceable in each member state of the European Patent Convention. Enforcement required […]

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