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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.

26th Feb 2015

Rubik’s cube: unlocking 3D trade marks

Most people are familiar with the appearance of a ‘Rubik’s Cube’. Named after the Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik, the 3D puzzle is thought to be the best selling toy of all time. Over 350 million have been sold worldwide, and the intellectual property rights associated with the cube are therefore extremely valuable. In the UK, […]

25th Feb 2015

US & Japan join the Hague system

It was announced on 13 February 2015 that the US and Japan are to join the Hague system for the international registration of industrial designs. Both countries have deposited instruments of ratification to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement, and the agreement will come into force for these countries on 13 May 2015. International […]

12th Feb 2015

#CanIRegisterMyHashtag / domain name as my trade mark?

Following the news that Coca-Cola has applied to register two hashtag slogans as trade marks in the US for #cokecanpics and #smilewithacoke, would these be registerable in the UK / Community? Probably yes, on the basis that they contain “Coke”, one of the world’s most well-known trade marks. But what about slogans which don’t contain […]

2nd Feb 2015

Use of a mark – the insight provided by Specsavers

One of the most important UK trade mark decisions of recent years is Specsavers & Ors v Asda Stores [2014] EWCA Civ1294. This was a battle royale between an optician and spectacles supplier, Specsavers, and one of the large UK supermarket chains, Asda, which is owned by Walmart. Many issues were raised during the proceedings […]

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