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.

Chemistry & Materials

The chemistry and materials science sector encompasses a uniquely diverse range of technologies. In order to meet the challenges this brings, the team at Reddie & Grose has a wealth of experience acquired from academia, industry and through our long-established relationships with existing clients.

Thanks to our flexible and commercially oriented approach, our clients range from start-ups and SMEs needing support through funding rounds, IPOs and product commercialisation through to multinationals relying on us to manage their global IP portfolios, challenge third party rights and extract the maximum value from their IP.

All of our team have backgrounds in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science, and many have Masters and PhD level qualifications. The team also includes attorneys who have worked in industry as members of R&D or in-house patent teams.

Our clients

We work for multinational corporations, SMEs, universities and start-ups at the forefront of every aspect of the chemistry and materials science sectors:

  • defending the polymer film patent portfolio of a global materials science company in multi-party proceedings before the European patent office (EPO);
  • supporting a European producer of medical devices and hygiene products in a strategic revocation action before the EPO;
  • prosecuting and advising on the European patent portfolio of a large multinational manufacturer of gypsum products;
  • providing extensive freedom to operate opinions and strategic advice on encapsulated flavourants and fragrances for a large multinational company;
  • managing the prosecution and defence of the European patent portfolio of a US-based manufacturer of dental materials, and working with a start-up to obtain protection for their ceramic coating process for use on dental and surgical implants;
  • managing the European prosecution of US and Japanese originating patent portfolios in the fields of insecticides and miticides; display screen technology; catalysis and semiconductor technology;
  • drafting and prosecuting patent applications for a UK SME specialising in adhesive, sealant and coating technology;
  • managing the global IP portfolio of a large metallurgy company since the creation of their core technology more than 20 years ago;
  • supporting an SME to obtain global patent protection for their platform technology relating to the electrochemical application of insulating coatings to metal components;
  • assisting a university spin-out company to protect their electrochemical semiconductor processing technology.

Our experience

Our attorneys have a wealth of experience across the chemistry and materials science disciplines, encompassing organic synthesis, inorganic chemistry, crystallography, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, materials science, metallurgy, physical chemistry, electrochemistry, semiconductor technology, photochemistry, polymer science, functional materials and petrochemical technology.

Our diverse team includes attorneys with Masters and PhD level qualifications for example in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and chemical engineering. To bring a client’s perspective to our work, several members of the team have had positions in industry either in R&D or as in-house IP counsel, and some of the team have taken part in long term secondments to the IP department of one of our clients. We are also lucky enough to have a former USPTO examiner in the team, offering invaluable insight into the inner workings of the patent examination process.

The team excels in all aspects of drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the UK, Europe and around the world. Our extensive knowledge of working in both developed and emerging markets enables us to develop multijurisdictional patent strategies that are tailored to our client’s specific objectives.

In addition to obtaining patent rights, our attorneys have wide ranging experience of contentious matters before the European Patent Office representing both the patentee and opponent. A number of our attorneys also specialise in due diligence and advising on third party rights, and focus on providing clear and practical advice that is tailored to both the legal and commercial needs of our clients.

Chemistry & Materials
8th Mar 2022
International Women’s Day – Celebrating innovation in Chemistry and Materials Science

Over the years, thousands of female innovators have shaped the patent landscape in the fields of chemistry and materials science. Their research has not only advanced theoretical understanding in their field, but has led to many inventions that have a tangible impact on our everyday life. This International Women’s Day we wanted to celebrate the […]

Chemistry & Materials
7th Mar 2022
International Women’s Day – MIND THE GAP: Closing the gender gaps in life sciences patenting

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reported that the number of Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) international applications with at least one female inventor was 33.3% in 2021, although only 16.5% of all inventors were women. Whilst the number of female inventors has been steadily increasing over the last decade, WIPO calculates that it will be […]

Chemistry & Materials
9th Nov 2021
Patent Trends in Plastic Recycling and Alternative Plastics

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently caused a stir when he announced to a room full of schoolchildren that recycling plastic ”doesn’t work” (reported here).  The PM’s comments upset some, but he did have a point.  According to Sian Sutherland, A Plastic Planet co-founder, “less than 10% [of plastic waste] is actually recycled in the […]

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