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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 the preparation of licence agreements. Has offices in Munich and The Hague.
Reddie & Grose LLP used 2020 to grow its caseload in transformative fields, with matters pertaining to artificial intelligence and autonomous and electric vehicles taking pride of place next to the prosecution of patents from the renewable energy, materials and digital healthcare areas. Under the leadership of chairman Alice Findlay and executive partner Jan Vleck, the group assists with original drafting, contentious matters, such as opposition and revocation proceedings, as well as due diligence work. Between the life sciences, electrical, electronics and software, and engineering, materials and consumer product teams, clients find a wide range of expertise. In addition to its offices in London and Cambridge the firm also has a growing office in Munich. Life sciences expert Andrew Carridge in Cambridge made partner in April 2021. Nick Marlow retired in April 2020.
‘The team is pragmatic and creative.’
‘Very high level of specific technology/IP expertise.’
The team at Reddie & Grose LLP is very adept at the strategic development of trade mark portfolios. Skilled in filing, opposition and enforcement matters, the practice is appreciated for its cost-effective approach to dispute resolution, often involving favourable settlement agreements, with the group’s litigation experience available where needed. The strong filing practice, both in the UK and in the EU, is particularly well-known in the market, and the group’s contentious caseload continues to grow. Among the varied caseload, a significant portion of matters come from the consumer product, entertainment, automotive, technology, charity and financial service sectors. The lead trio consists of Patrick Lloyd, Helen Wakerley and Tom Sharman.
‘Good range of practitioners across IP.’
‘Alice Findlay is great – knowledgeable, level-headed, commercially minded. Tom Sharman is great.’
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IAM Patent 1000
“The formidable team at Reddie & Grose partners closely with patrons to obtain cast-iron patent protection in the most business-focused, cost-effective way. Its diverse clientele includes everything from AI and high-technology start-ups to biotechnology multinationals, US financial services players and Chinese giants such as air conditioning leader Gree Electrical Appliances. “The granting rate is very good with Reddie & Grose – it is crafty in the way it formulates patents, providing plenty of fallback positions during the examination process.” Michael Roberts and Neil Thornton anchor the life sciences division. Roberts holds a PhD in molecular genetics and conducted postdoctoral research in plant molecular biology and genomics, all of which feeds into his diverse practice; while biochemistry PhD Thornton speaks the language of SMEs. On the engineering front, the key names are William Ponder and Paul Loustalan. Physicist Ponder is a deft coordinator of global patent filings and a worthy EPO advocate whose broad remit encompasses medical devices, e-cigarettes, wireless network technology and aerospace technology; while mechanical engineer Loustalan is a favourite among automotive companies and holds an engine-related PhD. Innovations in the electronics and computer-implemented inventions are parsed with ease by fluent Japanese speaker Nick Reeve, who has spent time living in the Nagasaki Prefecture and lectures on Japanese Patent law at Queen Mary University.”
World Trademark Review
A prime pick for technology and financial services companies, as well as innovators from all walks of life, Reddie & Grose is a much-admired European IP group which applies a creative touch to strategic portfolio development and contentious work. The set often facilitates quick resolutions thanks to the laser business focus and pragmatism that characterise its approach. A superb line-up of professionals is led by partners Helen Wakerley, Alice Findlay and Tom Sharman, each of whom is enthusiastically endorsed. “One of the best trademark attorneys in London, Helen is an important business partner who offers straightforward opinions and advice, and is always ready to go the extra mile to support her clients.” “She consistently exhibits great ingenuity in avoiding conflicts and resolving any that do arise, and is excellent at brainstorming problems.” She has been advising US-based Tomy International on the adoption of new brands. Firm chair Findlay has a deep tactical playbook which helps her to get brand owners through difficult disputes unscathed. Sources call her “well prepared, proactive, sensible, profoundly knowledge about the law and commercially astute”. Leveraging a far-reaching network of contacts, Sharman keeps clients’ brands in the best of health internationally: “Tom understands American companies and is super-responsive and practical.”