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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.

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.

12th Apr 2013

Meditations on mediation

If you have a dispute in relation to your intellectual property, litigation is not the only option when it comes to resolving the dispute. A potentially useful and often overlooked alternative, particularly for SMEs, is mediation. On 21 March 2013, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) launched a modernised mediation service to help businesses resolve their […]

8th Apr 2013

The UKIPO’s swift search and examination of patent applications

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) typically takes three to four years to grant UK patents. This works for applicants who are happy to stake their claim to an invention but defer examination costs while they develop the technology. For applicants who want their applications to progress more quickly, the UK IPO has a […]

5th Apr 2013

CTMs – is use in one country enough?

The Community Trade Mark (CTM) System was set up under the principle that if a trade mark was being used somewhere in the Community, even if only in one member state, this would be sufficient to maintain Community-wide rights.  A recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision, however (Case C-149/11 Leno Merken […]

1st Apr 2013

Consultation on a patents appointed person: a new appeal route

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has launched a consultation on whether it would be appropriate to introduce an “Appointed Person” appeal route. An appeal to the Appointed Person would be instead of an appeal via a UK court for patent decisions made by the UK IPO. This route is already available for appeals […]

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