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.

29th Jan 2016

How badly will the 3.5mm jack be missed?

The modern touchscreen smartphone has well and truly shifted away from being a phone, and is a multimedia device and a social networking and internet portal. As a result, such devices need a larger visual display and, with it, a larger battery to power them. However, as there seem to be few ground-breaking advances in […]

28th Jan 2016

Meet us at AIPLA 2016

Patrick Lloyd and Robert Sackin are attending the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Mid-Winter Institute in California this week. If you would like to meet with Patrick and Robert during the four day event, please contact They will be using this as an opportunity to meet with our longstanding contacts and potentially introducing our […]

25th Jan 2016

I recognise that shape – could it be a trade mark?

Trade marks, the signs showing who made a product, are not just the words or images applied to the product, labels or packaging. If the sign is distinctive and capable of being shown on an application form, you can register it in the UK or as an EU mark. Sometimes the distinctiveness is argued as […]

25th Jan 2016

Keeping up the PACE

The European Patent Office (EPO) grant procedure typically takes about three to five years from the date an application is filed, although it can take longer than this. In some circumstances, it may be advantageous to expedite the grant procedure. For example, if an applicant becomes aware of a potential infringer, they may wish to […]

20th Jan 2016

Figurative marks – the quest for clarity, consistency and certainty

In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to register compound marks which combine basic figurative features with a descriptive word element. In turn, it has become very hard to overturn objections based on grounds that the figurative elements of a compound mark are too simple or minimal to render the mark distinctive. The question […]

11th Jan 2016

A Christmas present from the European Commission

As our colleague Catherine Nursaw predicted only a few weeks ago, 2016 is indeed going to be a year for changes in trade mark law in the EU – the European Commission gave formal notice of the changes to the Community Trade Mark Regulation on 24th December 2015. The changes will start to come into […]

4th Jan 2016

What next for biotech patenting in Australia?

In its recent D’Arcy v Myriad Genetics Inc (Myriad) decision, the Australian High Court ruled that claims directed to isolated BRCA nucleic acids were patent ineligible. Since then there has been much speculation on how this decision would be interpreted by the Australian Patent Office. In particular, many in the industry were concerned that the […]

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