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.

Third Party Marks

We will advise you whether the brand you propose to use will be likely to bring you into dispute with third parties.

We take into account your attitude to risk and the nature of the market to design a clearance strategy. We also like to know your likely reaction if a complaint is raised. Is there flexibility to change the branding, or are we looking at a high level rebrand that is already under way, where the new mark is to be used in as many countries as possible?

Clients often provide us with a shortlist of candidate marks. They may have devised these in-house or worked with a brand creation agency. Some preliminary internet searching is desirable and we will discuss with you what resources you have in house for this and how we may support you.

Depending on a number of factors we may recommend that we run searches on the databases to which we have access in-house, looking for the identical mark or a very close identical mark protected in relation to relevant services, in the countries of interest. Alternatively we may search for all potentially similar marks and in these cases we would outsource the task to a specialist search company and would then analyse their results, and report on whether we think the mark is free for use and registration.

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