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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.

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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 Mar 2013

Chinese year of the utility model?

Patent, utility model and design protection are available in China. However unlike in other jurisdictions that offer utility model protection such as Germany and Japan, in China the number of utility model applications filed annually exceeds the number of patent applications. For example, the number of utility model applications filed in China in 2011 was […]

25th Mar 2013

Beware of IP letters scam

Scams relating to patents and trade marks are a perennial problem, but we have seen a spate of them recently. If you are in any doubt about letters you receive asking for payment of registration or renewal fees, please contact us. If you send us a copy of the letter, then we will very quickly […]

21st Mar 2013

Patent box: changing the attitude of UK business towards IP?

It’s only a few days since the Patent Box came into force (1 April 2013) and I am still wondering whether, and how, this new tax regime will affect the generally conservative attitude of UK business towards protecting its intellectual property. Statistics consistently appear to show that UK applicants file considerably fewer patent applications per […]

15th Mar 2013

5 reasons to start virtual patent marking today

The Vexatious Dilemma Did you know that it is against the law in the UK to say a product is patented when no patent protection exists? Also, you can find yourself in hot water if you continue to represent a product as patented once the patent protection has ended. On the other hand, if a […]

11th Mar 2013

EPO breaks new record for filings

The number of patent filings at the EPO reached a new record in 2012 at 257,744, which amounts to a 5.2% increase on 2011. Granted EP patents also saw a 5.8% increase compared to 2011. Europe continued to demonstrate its position as a region of technological innovation; EPO member states accounted for 36.5% of the […]

7th Mar 2013

Amazon’s gift order patent revoked

On 15 January 2013, the European Patent Office revoked Amazon’s patent directed to ‘A Method and System For Placing a Purchase Order Via a Communications Network’, aka the “one-click patent”. This latest decision follows post-grant opposition proceedings which resulted in a preliminary decision to revoke the patent in 2008. Amazon subsequently appealed to the Board […]

4th Mar 2013

The Japanese patent office: exporting services to South East Asia

The Japanese Patent Office (JPO) can now be chosen as the search and examination authority for international patent applications originating in a number of countries in south east Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, as well as Singapore and South Korea. More information is provided on the JPO website. Background Japanese manufacturers, especially those […]

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