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Intellectual Property – Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys
Skilled guidance on the protection of trade mark and patent portfolios with significant experience representing entertainment, life sciences, hi-tech and engineering clients. Strong contentious practice which takes in opposition proceedings and support with litigation. Assists with all facets of prosecution and also with litigation support and licence agreements. Has offices in Munich and The Hague.
Reddie & Grose LLP grew its presence in continental Europe with the recruitment of experts in generics and biosimilars to its Munich office and the opening of a new office in The Hague in 2019. The firm assists with the full spectrum of patent prosecution work, including due diligence and freedom to operate searches, in the UK, the EPO and a large number of other jurisdictions. The pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, but the group is also active in a wide range of other areas, including the consumer products, aviation, electronics, telecoms and construction sectors. Jan Vleck became the firm’s executive partner and physics expert Duncan Nevett made partner in April 2020. Alice Findlay is the firm’s chairman and Simon Goodman is the head of the Cambridge office.
‘We were assisted in our application to register a design with expert professional advice. Throughout the process, communication with the team was excellent and, being relatively unfamiliar with IP protection, we felt supported throughout. The team guided us with practical and sensible suggestions, and patiently, promptly and efficiently dealt with our queries.’
‘Jan Vleck outlined the application process in a clear and professional manner.’
‘The Reddie & Grose team have an excellent understanding of our business environment. They are always available to support and are always very clear with their recommendations.’
‘Philip Bates leads a team of young talented advisers, to whom he is very inspirational.’
‘The R and G team brings a fundamental understanding of our technology and how we wish to develop it strategically. They demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the science and the subsequent applications in clinical practice. They respond to questions and requests with extremely timely and detailed responses and the management of our family of patents is extremely robust. They bring a global understanding of the patent landscape which adds significantly to our value.’
‘R&G are a very down-to-earth practice. They are more commercial than most patent attorneys and more approachable, but with a really sound grasp of their respective technologies and current practice.’
‘From the beginning, one of the most important elements of this relationship has been trust that the information given is correct and that instructions will be followed and completed as per discussions. We are confident that the job will be done to a high professional standard.’
‘We have now worked with five individuals at Reddie and Grose, covering different aspects of our legal protection needs, and we have 100% confidence in each one. Gaining access to them is never an issue, and the clarity of instruction has made the journey easy to follow and understand.’
‘A strong technology practice in particular and very likeable individuals.’
‘Nick Reeve, Pete Sadler, Jan Vleck and Tom Sharman are all excellent.’
Reddie & Grose LLP is particularly experienced in assisting technology and financial services clients with their trade mark matters, but fields a varied overall caseload that also involves advising clients from the consumer product, entertainment, automotive and charity sectors. Although domestic and EU trade mark matters account for the majority of the firm’s cases, the group also demonstrates strength in matters with a heavy cross-border component, involving several non-EU jurisdictions. With the promotion of trade mark attorney and litigator Dale Carter to partner in April 2020, the team led by Helen Wakerley increased its weight in the market.
‘Helen Wakerley is the doyenne of trade mark law. Her advice is excellent. She is very commercial and extremely client friendly. She and her team also turn work around really fast. I greatly enjoy working with them.’
‘The Reddie team provides clear, concise and practical advice with the client’s business objectives in mind.’
‘Helen Wakerley is exceptionally responsive and available. She is a great sounding board, out of the box thinker, and someone who is a team player. I rely on Helen’s strategic contributions.’
‘A good team of bright, knowledgeable people across trade marks and patents.’
‘Alice Findlay’s huge experience is reflected in her broad knowledge base, excellent commercial sense and commitment to her clients’ needs. Tom Sharman also stands out.’
‘Reddie & Grose are timely in their responses. They have been efficient and effective with our cases.’
‘With Helen Wakerley in particular, we feel confident sending requests that are out of the box. Helen is efficient when it comes to standard trade mark work, and remarkably effective in terms of helping us develop strategies to protect atypical works. She is also cognisant of our budgetary restraints and direct in terms of keeping us focused on sticking to financial goals.’
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IAM Patent 1000
“Safe pair of hands” Reddie & Grose is a “highly reliable source of patent prosecution advice”. Its patent attorneys dedicate their time to the hard graft of drafting patents and building expansive patent portfolios from scratch, while also advising on contentious matters such as revocations and oppositions. Working across all sectors, it is particularly prominent in the electronics and software field and is hailed for its client-focused approach. This is embodied by Nick Reeve, a “highly personable, friendly and collaborative” electronics expert who knows his way around the Japanese market and is fluent in Japanese. Engineering and automotive expert Paul Loustalan has a particular niche in underwater vehicles; while Michael Roberts is a life sciences maven who, alongside patent drafting, also advises on due diligence and freedom to operate. New to the IAM Patent 1000 this year are William Ponder – a physicist with patent searching and drafting acumen and abundant experience of oppositions at the EPO; and Neil Thornton. Thornton is reportedly “a delight to work with – commercial in his approach and inventive in suggesting routes to overcome patent application hurdles”.
World Trademark Review
Leading trademark attorney firm Reddie & Grose is an attentive, conscientious and detail-oriented adviser to IP-rich businesses of all shapes and sizes. Able to offer all non-contentious trademark services in-house while putting together excellent external teams for contentious matters, the outfit sees IP portfolios as practical puzzles rather than academic exercises. A trademark attorney with 30 years’ experience, Alice Findlay “is absolutely amazing – calm and experienced; you’ll never see her looking flustered”. “Very knowledgeable in both patent and trademark law, she provides clients with all the options and gives great guidance.” Outside her practice, she serves as chair of PAMIA Ltd, the mutual insurer of UK and Irish IP practitioners. Non-contentious ace Helen Wakerley has particular expertise in the automotive sector. “Helen takes a common sense approach to matters; she is great at analysis and strategy, but cuts right to the point. She has an excellent understanding of the UK and European trademark systems and is down to earth and enthusiastic.” “Her tenacity and smarts are secret weapons in resolving potential conflicts. Responsive, supportive and creative, she makes sure to offer advice that is always pithy, practical and client-focused.” Versatile herder of portfolios Tom Sharman is “a solid up and comer” who has clearly learned from the very best. “One of the few practitioners who still does both patent and trademark work, he is smart and sensible – a good guy and a good lawyer.” (2020)