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.

29th Jul 2013

Have you thought about utility models?

Since 2010, the European Patent Office has been “raising the bar” with the aim of allowing the EPO to deliver “high-quality patents based on an efficient search and examination process”. Although the average grant rate of European patents for 2012 remained stable at about 50% (that is for every two European patent applications filed, one […]

22nd Jul 2013

Personalised medicine: a personal view on novelty in Europe

In recent years, advances in medical and human genetics have led to exciting and revolutionary advances in medicine. One such area, which is now benefitting from the fruits of genetic research, is personalised medicine. In May of this year, the actress Angelina Jolie made headlines worldwide after undergoing a double mastectomy, following the discovery of […]

19th Jul 2013

Compulsory licensing developments in BRIC states following Natco v Bayer

Compulsory licensing became a hot topic last year when India granted its first compulsory license for a patented pharmaceutical product. The case between Natco, an Indian generics manufacturer, and Bayer, an innovative drug producer found its way into newspapers around the world (http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/jul/26/pharmaceutical-companies-health-worlds-poor-risk, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/business/global/india-overrules-bayer-allowing-generic-drug.html?_r=0). Since the decision was announced there have been further developments in […]

15th Jul 2013

Virgin Atlantic v Zodiac Seats – overhaul of damages by the UK courts

The UK Supreme Court’s ruling of 3rd July 2013 ([2013] UKSC 46) in the long running battle between Virgin and Zodiac concerning infringement of Virgin’s patent rights relating to its Upper Class aircraft seats is set to have a significant impact on the award of damages in the UK, in particular where a European patent […]

12th Jul 2013

Translations at the EPO: “Es macht nichts wenn Sie nicht Deutsch sprechen”

The European Patent Office (EPO) provides an extremely powerful, and free-to-use, patent searching tool called Espacenet (available here). Using the various search options provided on the home screen, it is possible to search for published patents and patent applications using keywords, patent publication numbers, and patent classification codes. Discovered patents can be viewed and downloaded […]

8th Jul 2013

Notices from companies offering registration of copyright in the UK: official and unofficial registers for your IP rights

If you protect your brands, inventions or designs by registration, you will be used to dealing with Intellectual Property Offices and will perhaps also be familiar with the official registers in which the details of registrations are recorded. You will also likely be aware that registration of most forms of intellectual property (IP) brings advantages […]

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