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.

Design Disputes

Design disputes frequently turn on whether the design is new and different enough from earlier designs to justify protection. In the UK and Europe, unlike some other countries, the designs registries do not examine a design for novelty, leaving a registration open to a challenge.

Disputes may also occur over the validity of a Registered Community Design based on the exclusion of certain product features from eligibility for protection. We can advise on all challenges to design protection whether you are defending your own design, or challenging a competitor’s, and whether the challenge is to the validity of a design or complains of infringement.

When it is in your best interests, and in certain court or office proceedings, we will represent you ourselves. On other occasions, our close working relationships with leading specialist solicitors (attorneys) and barristers (advocates or trial lawyers) give you access to a powerful extended legal team.

Many disputes are eventually settled without the need to pursue legal proceedings to a conclusion. We have wide experience in negotiating settlements for our clients and can guide you skilfully through this challenging process.

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