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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.

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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.

28th Jul 2014

The EPO and the fine art of complaining

In our lives we all run into situations about which we are not pleased, and at some time or other we all have felt the urge to voice our dissatisfaction to someone, either merely to vent or to demand compensation and achieve some satisfaction. Direct experience with airlines having randomly cancelled my flights and with […]

21st Jul 2014

I scream, you scream – we all scream for…milk and milk products?

A recent decision in relation to opposition proceedings before the UK IPO shows the importance of correct classification and of getting the specification right when you file a trade mark application. On 24 January 2013, Yasar Dondurma Ve Gida Maddeleri Anonim Sirketi (the applicant) applied to register the mark MADO Logo (shown above) in the […]

16th Jul 2014

Honky tonk utility models

“You can’t always get what you want” sang Mick Jagger on the b-side to Honky Tonk Women. While it’s doubtful he had in mind the outrageous misfortunes we sometimes suffer in patent prosecution, the same principle applies in our line of work. No matter how dearly we want to patent something, there are times when […]

14th Jul 2014

Victory for Apple, but Samsung takes a bite

Following on from our report on patent litigation in Japan between Apple and Samsung, 2nd May 2014 saw a federal jury in San Jose, California hand down the latest decision in the US version in the now infamous ‘smartphone wars’. In this round, Samsung has been ordered to pay $119.6 million for infringing three of […]

10th Jul 2014

WIPO to make written opinions on patentability available for third party inspection during the international phase

With Microsoft and a number of other technology companies in the news recently setting out their opposition to the NSA measures forcing them to release their customer’s private electronic records, it is interesting to see the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) accelerating access to what was previously (albeit only temporarily) confidential data. For the last […]

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