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.

Unified Patent Court


The unitary patent system provides a new European patent right along with an entirely new court system (the Unified Patent Court or UPC) to hear disputes relating to both unitary patents and European patents validated in participating member states.

A fundamental aim of the UPC system is to provide fast and cost effective litigation of European patents. When compared to litigation in national courts across Europe, the UPC will provide more cost effective patent enforcement and revocation. Litigation will take place via a single action lodged at the UPC rather than separate actions across European courts.

Proceedings at the UPC will be predominantly based on written evidence and, in line with litigation on continental Europe, some of the more expensive aspects of common law litigation such as discovery and expert witness testimony are expected to be less common. Revocation actions will bear a close resemblance to EPO Opposition and Appeal proceedings, albeit with shorter deadlines and a shorter duration between launch and a final decision.

How we can help


Our services include handling all aspects of revocation actions and supporting infringement actions before the UPC.  As a completely new court system, the UPC will be heavily influenced by the case law and processes of the European patent office (EPO) so the knowledge and experience of our European patent attorneys will be central to any litigation before the UPC, whether acting as advocates, or technical experts in a wider litigation team.

The intention of the legislators is for the UPC to be lean, fast and efficient.  We firmly believe that this will encourage a system where there is no “one size fits all” litigation.

Whilst blockbuster litigation will remain, the UPC will make patent litigation economically viable to sectors for whom expensive litigation was previously out of reach.

With this new generation of would-be litigators, practitioners will have to be flexible, tailoring revocation and infringement actions to suit their clients’ budget and goals.  Whilst litigation should never be entered into lightly, we have the diversity and experience to offer litigation support that is agile enough to meet these challenges.


Unitary Patent regime
31st Jan 2024
UPC Headquarter Agreement

On 26 January 2024, the Headquarters Agreement was signed by the President of the Court of Appeal of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), Klaus Grabinski, and the Director General for Europe of the Italian Foreign Ministry, Nicola Verola, formally confirming the location of the third section of the Central Division of the UPC in Milan. […]

Unitary Patent regime
12th Dec 2023
European Patent Office will accelerate oppositions where an infringement or revocation action is instituted before the Unified Patent Court or another court

In the November 2023 issue of the European Patent Office (EPO) Official Journal, the EPO has confirmed that it will accelerate “parallel opposition proceedings” in the interest of “legal certainty and procedural efficiency, as well as high quality and uniformity in the European patent system”. Such “parallel opposition proceedings” take place when an infringement or […]

Unitary Patent regime
1st Dec 2023
Talk IP with R&G: Leveraging the Unified Patent Court

Welcome back to our podcast that will feature specialists from across our offices to discuss pressing issues and trends relating to intellectual property. Subscribe and listen for topical and timely analysis of today’s most significant IP issues. Talk IP with R&G is available on Spotify; Apple Podcasts; Amazon Music; Samsung; Podcast Index; Deezer; JioSaavn. To […]

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