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.

Obtaining Plant Variety Rights

To qualify for protection, a plant variety must be new, distinct from other varieties, and have uniform characteristics that are stable after repeated propagation. What constitutes a ‘new’ variety varies from country to country.

We are qualified to act for you before the Community Plant Variety Office to secure European Union-wide plant variety rights, or the Plant Variety Rights Office in the United Kingdom if you are seeking only a UK national listing.

Plant variety rights under the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants are also available in over 40 countries outside Europe. For plant variety protection in these other countries, we have an extensive network of overseas attorneys with whom we work.

We can advise on who is entitled to apply for protection of a variety, and on naming varieties (including the relationship between plant variety names and trade marks). We can complete all the formalities necessary to apply for plant variety rights, including applying for the official tests conducted on seed or plant material of the variety for which protection is sought, and challenge refusals by the plant variety rights offices to grant protection. We can also advise you on alternative forms of protection including patents for products and processes where available.

We also act as an address for service for applicants outside the EU.

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