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 Aug 2013

Shift amendments & unity – revisions to the examination guidelines in Japan

Following a public consultation, as of 1st July 2013 the Japan Patent Office has revised the Patent and Utility Model Examination Guidelines in relation to the “Requirements of Unity of Invention” and the “Amendment that Changes a Special Technical Feature of an Invention”. The revised Examination Guidelines for “Requirements of Unity of Invention” (the Unity […]

23rd Aug 2013

US patentee burnt by on-sale bar through outsourcing

In the recently issued judgment in Hamilton v Sunbeam, the Federal Circuit affirmed a ruling that Hamilton’s claims were invalid under the pre America Invents Act (AIA) on-sale bar at least because there was an offer for sale from a manufacturer to Hamilton more than a year before the filing date of the priority application. […]

20th Aug 2013

The patent opinion service: a valued opinion?

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) currently provides a Patent Opinion Service that allows users to request an impartial opinion on whether a patent is valid (specifically whether it is new or inventive) or whether a certain product or activity will infringe a patent. The official fee for requesting an opinion is a mere £200. […]

19th Aug 2013

Injunctions to restrain potential infringement

Mr Justice Birss in the English High Court issued a judgment on 9 July 2013 concerning an unusual “quia timet” injunction to prevent potential infringement by a generic company of a pharmaceutical patent and/or supplementary protection certificate (SPC). The case shows that UK courts may in future be stricter in requiring generic companies to be […]

9th Aug 2013

First to file: are laboratory notebooks now redundant?

Up until 16th March 2013, the US had a “first to invent” patent system. This meant that if two inventors independently filed a patent application for the same invention, the inventor who could prove that he or she was the first to invent the idea would be granted the patent. For this reason, the careful […]

2nd Aug 2013

Threats and trade marks – a uniquely British issue

The UK Trade Marks Act provides relief for an aggrieved person in the form of damages and an injunction against groundless threats of proceedings for infringement of a registered trade mark. This is something unique to the UK and must be borne in mind whenever a potential infringement is being considered. Who Can Bring An […]

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