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.

24th Dec 2018

Choco-tech: A Christmas Selection Box

The most famous chocolatier of all time, Mr Willy Wonka, chose to protect his chocolate inventions with trade secrets. However, this necessitated the use of an entirely non-human workforce. Modern day chocolate companies, on the other hand, make ample use of the patent system. As it is Christmas, Rose Hughes takes a break from lengthy UK patent decisions to once again indulge in some tasty food tech.

20th Dec 2018

Substance or device – a distinction without a difference?

Second medical use claims are designed to protect substances or compositions for use in new medical treatments. Numerous decisions of the Technical Boards of Appeal of the EPO have confirmed that second medical use claims cannot be used to protect medical devices. However, as is so often the case in patent law, scientific advancements are beginning to blur the technical difference on which the legal distinction between medical devices and substances is based.

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