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 Jan 2015

Africa is becoming part of Europe

Just like the Eurovision Song Contest before it, the European Patent Office is soon to extend its boundaries beyond Europe and into northern Africa. Following an announcement that a validation agreement between the European Patent Office (EPO) and Morocco will come into force on 1st March, patents granted by the EPO will be able to […]

29th Jan 2015

Patentable Parthenotes

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has recently handed down a landmark decision relating to the patentability of parthenote-derived stem cells. The CJEU ruled that Article 6(2)(c) of the Biotechnology Directive (98/44/EC) must be interpreted as meaning that an unfertilised human ovum whose division and further development has been stimulated by parthenogenesis […]

19th Jan 2015

Poisonous priority – will the Enlarged Board of Appeal allow an antidote?

Poisonous priority has been a cause for concern amongst patent attorneys since the concept was first raised in the February 2012 Issue of the CIPA Journal. The concern has arisen from the suggestion that, in some circumstances, a European (or UK) divisional application could destroy the novelty of a claim in a parent patent or […]

16th Jan 2015

UK’s attention to training pays off at European patent exams

I was delighted to read a recent press release from the UK’s chartered institute of patent attorneys (CIPA) indicating that the UK patent profession continues to out-qualify representatives from the other major European countries when sitting European patent exams. CIPA’s press release states that, in 2014, 43% of UK candidates passed the European qualifying exams, […]

12th Jan 2015

Tips for patenting computer games in Europe

How can computer games makers obtain patent protection in Europe? Pete Sadler assesses decisions by the European Patent Office and explains the Office’s thinking in the December’s edition of Managing Intellectual Property. As The Buggles famously told us, video killed the radio star. But computer games have been waiting, for some time, to take centre stage […]

5th Jan 2015

Construing claims without numbers

The presence of reference numerals in the claims of European patents frequently raises questions. The UK Court of Appeal has recently ruled on this point further clarifying the situation. The Implementing Regulations to the European Patent Convention require in Rule 43(7) that: Where the European patent application contains drawings including reference signs, the technical feature […]

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