We have an international network of attorneys we can call upon at any given time. Wherever you are based, you can regard us as the hub for your international portfolio.
We regularly handle IP rights in many more countries than the majority of UK firms, and some of our clients file in over 100 countries. We do not have overseas offices; instead we use independent associates. We ensure that we keep in touch with our international network and travel regularly to meet them, often at the major IP conferences.
We have no fixed affiliation with any overseas attorneys; when we look for local attorneys for our clients we look at the quality of their service, and not at the amount of business we expect them to send us in return. We generally know and work with several firms in any one territory and will match you with local attorneys depending on your local portfolio and needs.
We have strong connections with Asia. We visit China, Japan, Korea and India several times a year for major conferences and client meetings.
Nick Reeve is a fluent Japanese speaker and gives lectures on Japanese Patent Law at Queen Mary University.
Aidan Robson attends meetings of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association as an Observer.
The UK remains part of the EU until at least 2019; and even after eventual date of ‘Brexit’ we will remain a member of the European Patent Convention and file applications at the European Patent Office. We coordinate the process of EP grant and national validation via our dedicated Formalities team, who instruct local attorneys as appropriate.
If you have an EU Trade Mark (formerly a Community Trade Mark) or design, please discuss with us how to protect your UK rights, as the transitional arrangements for eventual Brexit are not yet certain.
United States of America
One third of our revenue comes from the US, and from US based clients or their US attorneys. Our clients include several S&P 500 Index corporations in electronics, consumer goods, chemicals and the automotive sector.
Our attorneys make an average of ten visits to the US per year, typically including several states in their trip. Conferences we attend regularly include INTA, IPO, AIPLA, and BIO.
Our specialism in the field of software patents is of particular relevance to those with an interest in the US, as we regularly advise clients on patent eligibility or patentability in this area.