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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.

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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.

20th Dec 2019

If the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain – does that demonstrate genuine rain in the EU?

A recent decision of the General Court provides a useful review of the requirements for proving genuine use of a mark, and also shows that use of a mark in a single Member State of the EU may be sufficient to prove genuine use of an EUTM. This has been the subject of some controversy over the years, with many cases demonstrating that even quite substantial use in a single Member State will not necessarily be sufficient where an EUTM is concerned.

20th Dec 2019

Unleash Innovation – will the government have a positive innovation strategy post-Friday 13th?

The Midlands and the North and chunks of Wales have voted Conservative, Boris has a “stonking” majority, and the UK will leave the EU in January. So is this the death knell for invention and innovation in the UK? Should academics, and researchers, and developers (and patent attorneys) seek alternative employment? Should we all, perhaps feeling a little doomsterish or gloomsterish, take to our beds for the next five years to sleep through it all? We suggest not.

16th Dec 2019

Update on the Patent Box

HMRC has released a report with updated statistics on the uptake of the Patent Box, showing that the value of tax relief claimed under the Patent Box continues to increase year on year, with over £1 billion of tax relief claimed by companies in 2016-2017.

5th Dec 2019

Win-Win Lose

A recent decision of the UK IPO in opposition proceedings illustrates the need to be able to supply appropriate and adequate evidence of use if an Opponent relies on an earlier right which has been registered for more than 5 years. It also serves as a reminder that you will not be awarded costs even if you are the winning party, unless you actually ask for them!

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