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 Apr 2015

Why you should worry about time zones (if you care about patents)

With the rise of the internet, a disclosure made in one country might be immediately available around the world. This can include countries that have a different calendar date at the instance of disclosure due to their different time zones. We need to know precisely when the disclosure was made in order to assess novelty […]

29th Apr 2015

Scrabble / scramble: why they shouldn’t have gone to Specsavers

In the second Court of Appeal decision we have written about this month, the Court reined in attempts to extend a principle established in the earlier Specsavers case (Specsavers International Healthcare Ltd v Asda Stores Ltd). By way of background, both the United Kingdom trade mark statute and the Community Regulation provide that a registered […]

20th Apr 2015

Meet us at INTA 2015

Aidan Robson, Alice Findlay, Helen Wakerley and Tom Sharman will be attending this year’s International Trademark Association conference, in San Diego. If you would like to meet a member of the team, please contact

15th Apr 2015

Time to print some new 3D laws?

3D printing has been back in the news recently with highlights including the publication of Amazon’s US patent application relating to item delivery via 3D manufacturing on demand and the Kickstarter campaign in aid of the Diamond Hotend print head that has three heating chambers connected to a single nozzle for improved precision and calibration […]

14th Apr 2015

EPO enlarged board says “yes” to Tomatoes and Broccoli

In highly anticipated judgments G 2/12 and G 2/13 (also known as Tomatoes II and Broccoli II), the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) has ruled that plants and plant material are patentable in Europe. As a consequence, patents for novel and inventive plants and plant material can continue to be granted by the EPO. […]

13th Apr 2015

G 3/14: the Enlarged Board clarifies “clarity” in opposition proceedings

In decision G 3/14, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office has clarified the circumstances in which the clarity of the claims can be examined in opposition proceedings. While lack of clarity is not a ground for opposition itself, it is established jurisprudence that clarity can be contested during opposition proceedings as […]

9th Apr 2015

ASOS v ASSOS: own-name defence saves ASOS from being wrecked on the rocks

In its recent decision in Roger Maier and Assos of Switzerland SA v ASOS Plc and Limited, the English Court of Appeal considered the so-called ‘own name defence’ provided by Article 12 of the Community Trade Mark Regulation (which mirrors section 11(2)(a) of the Trade Marks Act, 1994). This provision says that an otherwise […]

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