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.

10th Feb 2014

New European fees for filing cascaded divisional applications

From 1st April 2014, the EPO will cancel the two year period, calculated from the date of the first communication from the examining division, restricting the time period in which voluntary divisional applications can be filed. As a result, it will again be possible to file a divisional application at any time while the parent […]

7th Feb 2014

The Unitary Patent package: the Italian singularity

Italy has long been counted among the ten biggest world economies and currently ranks sixth among the EPC contracting states for number of European patent applications filed per year. However, when, in December 2012, the agreement on enhanced cooperation that led to the adoption of the Regulations instituting the Unitary Patent was signed, Italy opted […]

4th Feb 2014

Nestlé v Cadbury – the tale of the Kit Kat shape trade mark

The ongoing battles between Nestlé and Cadbury have provided Mr Justice Arnold with the opportunity to request long sought after clarification from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on when a shape mark acquires distinctiveness through use. Background In 2010, Société des Produits Nestlé SA (Nestlé) applied to register the following shape […]

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