Services

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.

Sectors

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.

Computers & Software


Patent law places a number of hurdles in the path of inventors seeking protection for computer-related inventions or inventions implemented in software.

In the UK and Europe, patent law excludes the grant of patents for computer programs that do not provide a technical effect. Other countries frequently apply similar restrictions.

Creative thinking is often required to write patent claims, which provide protection for what are often abstract developments in computer control or processing.


Our clients

Our clients include: a major financial services company; a web technology developer for monitoring marketing campaigns; a leading manufacturer of computers and peripherals; and a developer of set-top box technology.

We have assisted an information management software organisation in the development of an international portfolio in six software friendly jurisdictions. We successfully represented the client at oral proceedings at the European Patent Office and overcame the examining division’s objections that the software was not technical.

We advise a multinational Japanese provider of IT services and products on the development of its European patent portfolio relating to computer networks and encryption systems.

Our experience

We work closely with many software companies around the world helping them overcome these hurdles. Sometimes the constraints of the patent system require us to identify and seek protection for the core of a much a larger system. At other times, we may have to consider the interactions between an inventive system and the other entities at its periphery, and seek protection for those interactions. The choice of claim wording and the choice of jurisdiction can make all the difference to the outcome.

We are experts in this rapidly developing field, writing papers and giving seminars on the latest legal developments, and we seek advice from our extensive network of overseas contacts to obtain the latest understanding of the developments in patent law in other countries. We will advise clients of the most favorable jurisdictions suited to their needs and market, even if this is not their home jurisdiction.

Computers & Software
19th May 2022
Artificial intelligence, insufficiency and inventive step: detailed disclosure needed at the EPO

Two recent decisions of the European Patent Office’s Boards of Appeal illustrate a risk faced by patent applications for artificial intelligence inventions: if the application does not describe the AI in enough detail then it can be refused for insufficient disclosure and lack of inventive step. The two decisions are T161/18 from May 2020 and […]

Computers & Software
11th May 2022
Changes to the European Patent Office Guidelines for Assessing the Patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions following the Enlarged Board of Appeal Decision in G1/19

The European Patent Office (EPO) Guidelines relating to the patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions (CIIs) have been significantly amended following the publication of the seminal Enlarged Board of Appeal decision G1/19 on the patentability of computer simulations, reported here in 2021. The update places the T641/00 “COMVIK” approach at the centre of the test for […]

Computers & Software
18th Jan 2022
An Introduction to AI

In the last 15 years, Artificial Intelligence has gone from a relative scientific obscurity to infiltrating almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives. The rapid growth can largely be attributed to improvements in the processing speed of modern computers, and the massive amounts of data that we now produce. This data provides an abundance of […]

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