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Electronic & Electrical Devices
We cover a wide range of technologies and can adapt and take on new concepts, enabling us to support clients across the whole sector.
Companies in the electrical and electronic engineering sectors are continuing to develop innovative products both for standalone devices and as components for larger systems and products. New developments need to be protected to give companies a competitive edge. This is one of the areas of industry where companies have recognised for many years the importance of patents to support their businesses.
Obtaining and understanding the relevance of IP rights in all-important territories is essential to these companies to enable them to maximise sales revenue.
Electronic & Electrical Devices team
Our breadth of knowledge has enabled us to provide valuable IP support to companies with interests ranging from pipeline weld inspection systems to electronic engine management systems to graphics processors to interpretive keyboard entry systems to marine navigation systems, and others.
Our clients include: a global leader in sound and imaging technologies; a multinational provider of cloud computing and data services; a manufacturer of film scanning and image enhancement technology; and a provider of digital security products.
We have a large electrical and electronic engineering group with over 15 partners, attorneys and technical assistants at various levels of qualification. The group continues to grow with further recruitment at both attorney and assistant level expected in the coming years. The size of the group means that we can both cover a wide range of technologies and can adapt and take on new concepts, enabling us to support clients across the whole sector.
We can provide a commoditised filing programme for multinational electronics companies who already understand the strategic importance of IP and have an invention capture and filing process in place. For one of our clients, a US semiconductor company which designs, manufacturers and markets digital wireless telecommunication products with 157 worldwide locations, we have advised on the development of its European patent portfolio which has significantly increased in size in recent years.
At the other extreme we provide the product-focused strategies required to support emerging companies in the sector. For example, we have for a number of years filed and prosecuted patents for a British designer and manufacturer of RF power, imaging and semiconductor technologies. We have assisted in developing a portfolio for them that now stands at over 400 pending applications and granted patents.
We have also been working with a Chinese consumer electronics company to help establish a portfolio of European patents prior to entry into the European market so that in the event of any threat of patent infringement they have a reasonable bargaining position.