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.

25th Nov 2013

SPC terms are set to change in the UK

The UKIPO has changed the way it calculates the expiry date of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) that are based on a European marketing authorisation. This change may, in some cases, lead to a modest increase in the SPC term, which could be highly significant for both innovative and generic pharmaceutical companies. Background A supplementary protection […]

18th Nov 2013

Inventive step at the EPO 80s style

MacGyver was the central character of the hit ’80s TV show of the same name (a show that boasts one of the best theme tunes of all time – click here to view); he was a spy/secret agent/veteran/bomb disposal expert and all round good egg. The salient point to know about MacGyver is that he […]

11th Nov 2013

A new dawn for community trade marks and a new name thrown in too!

How will the proposed changes to the CTM Regulation affect the practicalities of registering marks in the EU? The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (better known as “OHIM”) opened its doors in 1995 and has since registered over a million Community Trade Marks (CTMs). The European Commission has now decided that it is […]

8th Nov 2013

EPO guidelines – updated yearly and consulted frequently

The European Patent Office (EPO) “Guidelines for Examination” is the internal manual setting out EPO procedures in all stages of the patent application process, from the formalities examination carried out on filing, through search, examination, patentability and post grant procedures such as opposition and limitation. The Guidelines are published by the EPO and are an […]

4th Nov 2013

EPO changes rule 164 concerning searches for applications lacking unity

Hot on the heels of its removal of the restrictions for filing divisionals, the EPO recently announced a change in the way applications originating from a PCT (international) application will be treated if found to lack unity of invention. This change is excellent news for applicants because it brings to an end a particularly unfair […]

1st Nov 2013

IP5 PPH: A step towards a truly international patent application?

The patent prosecution highway (PPH) was launched in 2008 as a set of cooperation agreements between participating patent offices in various countries of the world. The aim of PPH is to accelerate the patent prosecution process by sharing work product between patent offices that have a PPH agreement between them with the two-fold benefit of […]

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