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.

31st Aug 2016

Extra copyright protection for designers

The 1988 UK Copyright Designs and Patents Act (CPDA) introduced a provision in Section 52 to restrict the term of copyright protection for artistic works which were exploited by an industrial process. The intention was to bring the term for protection available to industrially produced articles to 25 years, the same as was available under […]

18th Aug 2016

When competitors threaten to infringe your patent, where do you draw the line?

In a recent judgment, the High Court of England and Wales has provided clarity on the interpretation of numerical ranges in patent claims and the de minimis principle in relation to threatened infringement. The full judgment of Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings v Dr Reddy’s Laboratories & Sandoz [2016] EWHC 1517 (Pat) can be found here. Since […]

17th Aug 2016

The EPO tackles its backlog

In recent years, the European Patent Office (EPO) has been making a renewed and concerted effort to tackle its backlogs of both pending applications and post-grant proceedings (i.e. oppositions and any corresponding appeals). The latest tactics look to reduce the number of pending applications, by financially encouraging the withdrawal of applications at an early stage, […]

16th Aug 2016

Does IP provide a clue to team GB’s cycling dominance?

After dominating the track cycling at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and in London in 2012, expectations were high for Great Britain’s cyclists well before the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. With a haul of four gold medals and three silvers from seven track events at the time of writing, […]

4th Aug 2016

Accelerated examination of US patent applications relating to cancer immunotherapy

Recent advances have led to the ability to activate the immune system against cancer cells. This approach, termed cancer immunotherapy, has shown success with melanoma, leukaemia, and lymphoma, and has great potential for treatment of a wider range of cancers. Another approach attacks multiple pathways fundamental in cancer development, using combinations of therapeutic agents to […]

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