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 Oct 2014

Obtaining patents is a prize-winning pursuit

Given the commercial and legal context of patents, it can be surprisingly easy to overlook the potential significance of the scientific developments that underpin them. However, October’s announcement of this year’s Nobel Prize winners show just how important they can be. As the European Patent Office (EPO) are very pleased to point out on their […]

24th Oct 2014

A non-binding opinion with a sting in the tail

Since 2005, the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has provided a patent opinion service. For a £200 fee, anyone can request an opinion on whether a UK patent (including a European patent (UK)) is valid or whether a certain product or activity will infringe a UK patent. Although the opinion is non-binding, it has provided […]

14th Oct 2014

Open access publishing

Research Councils UK (RCUK), the partnership of organisations that collectively fund £3 billion of research expenditure per year in the UK, have recently revised their policy towards academic publishing and now require all new research publications to be ‘open access’. In some fields this has signalled a radical move away from the traditional model of […]

8th Oct 2014

Investing in the intangible

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has just published an updated report which attempts to estimate the UK’s investment in intangible assets and intellectual property rights (IPR). Of particular interest: the report attempts to answer the question “What proportion of UK knowledge investment is protected by formal IPRs?” Apparently, approximately 48% is protected by […]

3rd Oct 2014

Things are speeding up (and probably slowing down) at the EPO

In July this year the European Patent Office announced a new scheme to improve legal certainty on pending patent applications, published here. The scheme essentially boils down to the EPO prioritising the processing of certain types of application. All Search Reports Within Six Months Of EP Filing Under the scheme, which is being called the […]

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