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 Apr 2016

A method for mildly irritating patent trolls

Field of invention It came to my attention recently 1 that someone has taken a vigilante approach to combating patent trolls. However, before considering whether this is a worthwhile pursuit, it is worth taking a few steps back. Background A patent troll is not an easily defined entity, but in the majority of cases it […]

28th Apr 2016

Copying film clips is just not fair

Last month, Mr. Justice Arnold of the UK High Court handed down his decision in a case concerning the alleged infringement of the copyright in broadcasts and films of cricket matches. Though much of the judgment is fact-specific, it is of note for its findings as to what constitutes a ‘substantial part’ of a work of […]

27th Apr 2016

Chopping down patent thickets with declaratory relief

It is probably fair to say that patent thickets are not universally popular. A 2011 UK-government-sponsored report (the Hargreaves report) stated that patent thickets “obstruct entry to some markets and so impede innovation.” Nevertheless they are here to stay – in the words of Sir Robin Jacob, a former Lord Justice of Appeal of the Court of […]

21st Apr 2016

Death of the omnibus claim

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has recently announced a series of proposed changes to the ‘Patent Rules’, the secondary legislation that complements the 1977 Patents Act. For the most part, the proposed changes seem either sensible or inconsequential1. However, one proposed change has turned a few heads. In the proposals, the IPO sets out […]

20th Apr 2016

Trolls, unicorns, giants and patent litigation

Trolls, unicorns and giants are terms that you typically do not associate with intellectual property. However, in recent years patent litigation has become an arena for a keenly fought war between these mythical sounding entities, particularly in the United States. In this article, we provide an update on the state of this conflict, and discuss […]

14th Apr 2016

The FinTech revolution: file! file! file!

According to many, we are currently in a digital revolution that is changing the way we all do business. This is certainly the case for the Financial Technology (FinTech) sector, which has seen significant growth in the last decade as set out in recent articles from Bloomberg Businessweek and Envision IP. The articles note that […]

13th Apr 2016

Meet us at BIO 2016

Andrew Carridge and Neil Thornton will be attending the 2016 BIO International Convention in San Francisco, which takes place between the 6th – 9th June 2016, at the Moscone Centre. If you are attending this event and would like to arrange a meeitng with any of our colleagues during your visit, please contact

13th Apr 2016

China patent filings still booming

The recent slowdown in the Chinese economy has been widely reported. But that has not resulted in a slowdown in overseas patent filings made by Chinese companies. Chinese patent activity continues to increase. Recent figures published by WIPO show that the number of PCT patent applications filed worldwide in 2015 was around 218,000, an increase […]

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