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.

27th Apr 2018

The UK Ratifies the UPC

The UK government yesterday announced that they had ratified the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court. This means that we are just waiting for German ratification, and then the Unified Patent Court, and with it the granting of Unitary Patents across Europe, can begin.

After years of effort to implement a satisfactory unitary patent system in Europe, it appears likely that unitary patents and a Unified Patent Court could become a reality in the near future.

We have prepared factsheets on key topics relating to the unitary patent regime. A video presentation is also available.


Key Facts About the Unitary Patent – A short introduction to what a unitary patent is, its relationship to the existing European patent system, and how you will be able to apply for one.

The European Unitary Patent – The geographical coverage of the unitary patent system.

The Unified Patent Court  – An overview of the system in which European patents with unitary effect will be litigated, and how the language of the proceedings will be determined.

Translation Requirements for the Unitary Patent – An explanation of the requirements for translations to be provided to the patent office and in the case of disputes.


A Presentation and Update on the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (July 2013)

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