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 Feb 2016

Patent term extensions in Japan – a question of identity

A recent Supreme Court decision in Japan (JPO v Genentech, Supreme Court, No. 2014 (Gyo hi) No.356) 1 confirms that the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) was incorrect in the way it applied the law relating to patent term extensions (PTE), and that the ‘identity’ of the pharmaceutical products which are the subject of earlier and […]

29th Feb 2016

Translating IP Translator and Article 28 outside Europe

Owners of international trade mark registrations with an EU designation who have relied on a Nice Class heading to define the scope of protection should take action urgently. A new European Union Trade Mark Regulation comes into force on 23 March 2016. Article 28 of that Regulation provides a one-time-only opportunity (until 24 September 2016) […]

26th Feb 2016

No fees for opting out of the Unified Patent Court

When the Unified Patent Court comes into being, the Court will have exclusive jurisdiction for infringement and validity matters for all Unitary Patents. The default position is that the Court will also have jurisdiction for any national validations of conventional European patents, including those that have already been granted. However, owners of European patents and […]

11th Feb 2016

Claim of thrones

When granted, your patent will prevent your competitors from benefiting from your invention. So, having done your best to describe your technology to your patent attorney, why do you find him or her working and re-working your description and obscuring it with odd words inappropriately conjoined into incomprehensible numbered sentences? Why can’t a patent attorney […]

2nd Feb 2016

UPC update: nine down, four more to go

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement has taken another step towards implementation with ratification by Finland – the ninth ratification by a participating country. Meanwhile, ratification by the UK is one step closer. On 19 January 2016, Finland deposited its instrument of ratification of the UPC Agreement to the General Secretariat of the Council in […]

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