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Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys — UK-wide


Boult Wade Tennant - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 34 partners
- 52 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Reading, Oxford, Cambridge

What the team is known for Impressive patent prosecution practice spanning all fields of technology and noted for excellence with regard to trade marks. Assists with opposition actions, renewals, patent validity queries, portfolio management and clearance searches. Noted for the quality of its associates. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths Sources say: "The team is very co-operative, hugely thoughtful and very commercial."

Work highlights Instructed by Koninklijke Douwe Egberts to defend against patent revocation attempts by competitors in relation to its product line of single-serve coffee.

Advised footwear manufacturer FitFlop on global portfolio management, including assistance with clearance searches and new filings.

Significant clients Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Linde Group, PreTect AJ, arGEN-X, Nektar Therapeutics.

Notable practitioners

Emma Pitcher is a trade mark attorney noted for her advice on the management of international IP portfolios, assistance with clearance searches for new products and opposition actions. Sources say: "She is bright, thoughtful and has tremendous energy."

Tony Pluckrose is a well-regarded trade mark specialist recommended for new filings, opposition actions and co-existence agreement negotiations. One client says: "He understands our business and is able to guide us on risk without being too academic."

Catherine Wolfe advises on all facets of trade mark portfolio management, and has a notably large client following in China. Interviewees say: "She has an enormous amount of expertise and gives very considered and thoughtful advice."

Department profile by Boult Wade Tennant

THE FIRM Boult Wade Tennant is a specialist patent and trade mark firm. It exists to help individuals and businesses protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property rights on a global scale. The firm looks after the multi-jurisdictional IP issues of major industrial and commercial companies worldwide, as well as portfolio management for a wide range of small and medium sized enterprises, academic institutions, and independent research and development organisations.
In 2015 Boult Wade Tennant achieved top rankings in Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, World Trade Mark Review 1000 and Intellectual Asset Management 1000. Established in 1894, the firm has four patent groups which are divided by technologies: biotechnology and life sciences; chemical and materials; engineering and designs; and hi-tech and electrical. The fifth group is the trade mark and domain names group. The firm also has a range of professional in-house support functions, including a sizeable renewals department and a search department. Additionally, the attorneys play an important role in shaping UK, European and International IP Law through their active participation in numerous industry bodies.


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Carpmaels & Ransford LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 48 other qualified practitioners
- Office location: London

What the team is known for All-encompassing patent, trade mark and designs offering with expertise in biotechnology, chemicals, computer science, engineering and pharmaceuticals. Handles commercially sensitive European Patent Office (EPO) proceedings and also advises on the IP aspects of M&A deals and licensing agreements. Also has a powerful in-house patent litigation capability. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A client says: "The team is very experienced and is keen to deliver excellent results for clients."

A client says: "The team is very responsive, always thoughtful in its review of our matters and attentive to our needs."

Work highlights Defended Eli Lilly against oppositions to its patent for its biosimilar anabolic product Forsteo.

Instructed by Shire to perform due diligence on the patent portfolio for Baxalta in the build-up to its USD32 billion acquisition of the company.

Significant clients Novartis, Cephalon, Xeros, Mars, UCB Celltech.

Notable practitioners

Hugh Goodfellow is a "very client-friendly" patent attorney with a focus on life sciences. He advises on domestic and European patent filing strategies and also assists with due diligence with regard to corporate deals.

Cameron Marshall is a life sciences patent specialist noted for his experience handling contentious proceedings at the EPO and USPTO. Sources say: "He is excellent - a clever man who you know will put up a good fight."

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D Young & Co - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 31 partners
- 22 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Southampton

What the team is known for Talented patent attorneys with scientific backgrounds in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and engineering. Well known for representing generic pharmaceuticals companies as well as innovators. Leading trade mark prosecution service. Recommended for contentious proceedings, and also has patent litigation solicitors in-house. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A source says: "The people I work with are very approachable, helpful and hands on."

A client says: "They are prompt, helpful and provide good value."

Work highlights Defended Teva in an EPO patent invalidation attempt concerning the dosage regimen for its multiple sclerosis medication Copaxone.

Acted for Asahi Kasei in defence of a patent opposition claim regarding its high-capacity battery membrane product.

Significant clients Takeda, Francis Crick Institute, TomTom, PepsiCo.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Pennant advises on trade mark and design right portfolio management and contentious registry actions. He also is well versed in domain name disputes. One source says: "He is pragmatic, he is down-to-earth and his clients love him."

Department profile by D Young & Co

D Young & Co is a leading European intellectual property law firm with offices in London, Munich and Southampton. Our client base is diverse and international, including academic institutions, blue-chip and global organisations, research institutes, start-ups and SMEs, spanning all industry sectors and technologies.

As one of Europe's largest IP firms, we set a high standard for legal expertise and technical knowledge. Whatever your business invention or brand, the firm is able to provide strategic and commercially astute protection for it.

We offer a full IP law service, hosting solicitors as well as patent, design and trade mark attorneys within a single legal practice. This means we are able to provide a high quality 'one-stop-shop' for all IP and related issues with efficient working practices and a streamlined, cost-effective service to our clients.

We welcome new business enquiries.

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Dehns - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 34 partners
- 27 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Manchester, Sandwich

What the team is known for Deep and varied expertise in all manner of designs, trade mark and patent matters. Clients range from multinational corporations to emerging businesses and universities and spin-off companies. Offers support with court litigation, anti-counterfeiting campaigns and actions against trade mark trolls and squatters. Also assists with licensing agreements and the treatment of IP assets in corporate transactions. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A client says: "The firm provides first-class service, communication and client care."

Work highlights Assisted Green Biologics with a review of its IP portfolio in preparation for a private investment of USD42 million.

Advised Cancer Research Technology on the transfer of rights accompanying its acquisition of a portfolio of cancer treatment patents and applications.

Significant clients Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Chemtura, ARM, Sepura, Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Alexander Piesold is a key contact.

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J A Kemp - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 39 partners
- 14 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Oxford, Cambridge

What the team is known for Patent practice consisting of experts in all scientific and technological disciplines advising on prosecution and contentious registry actions. High-quality trade mark practice which takes in filing, clearance searches, oppositions and litigation support. Also advises on licence agreement negotiations. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A client says: "The team is very easy to work with and gives very good strategic advice."

A source says: "They are excellent - very responsive and always helpful."

Work highlights Assisted L'Oréal with opposition proceedings against a competitor's patent application concerning a hair-restoring compound.

Instructed by Livedrive Internet to assist with patent applications for file storage and encryption software.

Significant clients Life Technologies, Thermo Fisher, Gain Capital Holdings, Oxitec, Electronic Arts.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Campbell is regularly instructed by US businesses to assist with UK and European patent prosecution and opposition actions. Interviewees say: "He is knowledgeable and does a great job for his clients."

James Fish is a trade mark attorney noted for his assistance with European opposition actions. Sources say: "He has great technical knowledge and his soft skills are first-class too."

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Kilburn & Strode LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 22 partners
- 40 other qualified practitioners
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Leading destination for filing, portfolio management and rights strategy. Deep and varied expertise in electronics, life sciences, mechanical engineering and trade marks. Powerful UK and EU oppositions practice. Assists with Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) applications, infringement litigation and licence agreements. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A client says: "They have always provided me with a high-quality and attentive service."

"They are very knowledgeable on application strategy and are very prompt in their responses."

Work highlights Successfully defended Honeywell in a patent opposition appeal regarding a chemical compound used to create polystyrene.

Instructed to assist Harvard College with applications for patents for its next-generation CRISPR gene-editing technology.

Significant clients Cisco, easyGroup, Imperial College, Mundipharma, DreamWorks Animation.

Notable practitioners

Carrollanne Lindley is a well-known trade mark attorney who assists with worldwide prosecution, portfolio management and oppositions. Interviewees say: "She is very good - pragmatic and sensible to deal with."

Gwilym Roberts is a patent specialist with a focus on electronics, and advises on all aspects of patent prosecution, enforcement and strategy. A client says: "He never disappoints - he gives very focused advice and finds the real business angle."

Iain Stewart is a highly regarded trade mark and designs specialist recommended for filing, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Clients say: "He is a very good problem solver who always finds practical solutions."

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Reddie & Grose LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 16 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Cambridge

What the team is known for Skilled guidance on the protection of trade mark and patent portfolios with significant experience representing entertainment, life sciences, hi-tech and engineering clients. Strong contentious practice which takes in opposition proceedings and support with litigation. Assists with all facets of prosecution and also with litigation support and licence agreements.

Strengths A client says: "Their work is consistently high-quality and their culture is open and supportive."

A client says: "The team is very pleasant to deal with and deserves its reputation in the IP community."

Work highlights Represented Vestas Wind Systems in a successful EPO patent opposition appeal against Siemens.

Advised Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi on the management and development of its European patent portfolio.

Significant clients BBC, Kimberly-Clark, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Qualcomm, Weston Aerospace.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Simon Goodman is a key contact.

Department profile by Reddie & Grose LLP

Reddie & Grose LLP is an internationally renowned firm of European and United Kingdom patent, trade mark and design attorneys.

Our experienced team of over 50 IP professionals based in London and Cambridge includes specialists in a wide range of technical disciplines. We offer services for a wide range of industries, with particular strengths in electronics and software, mechanical engineering, chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Our trade mark team provides specialist advice on branding and trade mark work; we also have a specialist team handling plant variety protection.

We handle the full range of IP rights for a global client base ranging from SMEs starting to consider IP through to large corporations with rights in over 100 countries. Our services range from investigating competing rights, handling oppositions, drafting and filing applications, and maintaining portfolios. We resolve disputes about IP, working closely with other leading legal firms if it becomes necessary to resort to the courts.



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Cleveland Scott York - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 10 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Reading, St Albans

What the team is known for Celebrated trade mark practice advising on applications, oppositions and infringement disputes. Also recommended for patent matters involving life sciences, engineering and electronics technology. Following the merger in April 2017 of Cleveland and Scott & York, the combined firm has a deeper bench across technologies and brands as well as an office in Brussels.

Strengths A source says: "The firm has very knowledgeable and experienced trade mark practitioners."

A source says: "They have done a good job representing our client in patent opposition proceedings."

Work highlights Represented tooling and industrial materials supplier Kennametal in defence of a patent opposition filed by a competitor.

Advised Swansea University spinout Cholestinix on patent drafting and prosecution in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA.

Significant clients Citi, Cummins Generator Technologies, Dairy Crest, Tesla Engineering, Transport for London.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Clegg is a trade mark specialist recommended for the management of international portfolios and contentious registry proceedings. One client says: "He has outstanding knowledge of UK and EU trade mark law and couples it with excellent commercial awareness and thorough understanding of our business."

Imogen Wiseman is a highly regarded trade mark attorney whose recent activity includes advising on pharmaceuticals product launches. She also assists with oppositions and validity actions. One interviewee says: "I am impressed by her knowledge of the law, her grasp of strategy and her dedication."

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EIP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 14 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Bath, Cardiff, Leeds

What the team is known for Excellent patent prosecution and oppositions practice focused on electronic and mechanical engineering. Highly capable trade mark and designs offering. Assists with registry proceedings in the UK, Europe and further afield, notably in the USA. Has an office in Düsseldorf.

Strengths A client says: "Communication with the firm is very easy and they provide concise and timely advice."

A client says: "They are very knowledgeable, diligent and responsive, and they work well with my team."

Work highlights Advised Micro Focus on patentability queries and assisted with applications for software patents.

Assisted Blackbird Retail Holdings with its brand protection strategy, which included representing the client in contentious registry proceedings.

Significant clients ARM, Airbus, Imperial Innovations, BAT, Octo Telematics.

Notable practitioners

Heather McCann is a well-known hi-tech patent prosecution specialist. Clients appreciate her "excellent technical knowledge" and her "ability to find arguments that differentiate a claimed invention from cited prior art."

Jerome Spaargaren is noted for his command of hi-tech electronics, medical device and optics technologies. Clients remark on his "innovative" approach to patent prosecution.

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Gill Jennings & Every LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 17 other qualified practitioners
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Impressive offering in all manner of IP issues. Clients range from start-ups and spin-offs to universities and multinational corporations. Advises on prosecution, oppositions and the valuation and treatment of IP assets in corporate transactions. Also assists with multi-jurisdictional patent litigation campaigns. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A client says: "The attorneys we work with are knowledgeable and highly adaptable."

A client says: "The firm offers high-quality advice and has a good business focus."

Work highlights Represented TWI in a UKIPO patent invalidation action against Zirotec regarding materials used for coating metals.

Represented Mylan in a successful EPO revocation action against Teva for a patent relating to multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone.

Significant clients Lindt Chocolate, Mastercard, Oracle, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

The "always impressive" Peter Finnie is the firm's managing partner and is recommended for all aspects of patent prosecution and enforcement. Sources consider him "a great patent attorney."

Rowena Price is well regarded for her assistance with trade mark portfolio management and opposition actions. She also advises on passing-off and infringement litigation.

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HGF Law LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 37 partners
- 113 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

What the team is known for One of the UK's largest patent and trade mark firms with the resources to handle complex and international mandates. Impressive client base in numerous sectors including hi-tech, life sciences and universities. Also advises on the IP implications of technology-driven corporate deals as well as licensing and R&D agreements. Has offices in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Strengths A client says: "They are very easy to work with and are always willing to explain matters in a clear and concise way."

A client says: "The attorneys provide sound strategic advice, have broad technical knowledge and offer good customer service."

Work highlights Instructed by Smith & Nephew for patent oppositions regarding silverised wound dressings.

Advised Raptor Pharmaceuticals on the management of its patent portfolio for Qunisar, a cystic fibrosis treatment.

Significant clients Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Accord Healthcare, Logitech Europe, Laura Ashley.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Harry Hutchinson is a key contact.

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Keltie LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 29 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Cirencester

What the team is known for Expert guidance on the maintenance and protection of patent and trade mark portfolios. Handles oppositions and advises on licensing strategy and audits connected with M&A transactions. Assists with trade mark and design rights litigation. Has an office in Galway, Ireland.

Strengths A client says: "They are extremely knowledgeable, client-friendly and great to work with."

Work highlights Represented Shell in two EPO opposition proceedings.

Advised camera manufacturers Go Pro on the management of its patent and design portfolios.

Significant clients Polar OLED, Mono Aerospace, Shell, BlackBerry, Swarovski.

Notable practitioners

Rosemary Cardas is recognised for her advice on domestic and international trade mark prosecution. She also assists with opposition proceedings. Sources say: "She is highly competent and represents her clients well."

Alistair Gay is recommended for all facets of trade mark and designs prosecution and protection. Interviewees say: "He comes up with creative ideas for the enforcement of trade marks on a global scale."

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Marks & Clerk - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 52 partners
- 54 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow

What the team is known for One of the largest patent and trade mark practices in Europe, acting for clients based around the world. Expertise in all industries and scientific disciplines. Also recommended for designs work and contentious registry actions. Recommended for advice on the review and treatment of IP assets in commercial and corporate transactions. Has offices in Canada, China, France and Malaysia.

Strengths Clients say this is a team of "highly skilled attorneys who are responsive to client needs and have good commercial awareness."

A client adds: "We have always received excellent service."

Work highlights Defended the University of Southern California in a patent opposition by Sanofi-Aventis concerning an implantable device which delivers drugs to treat eye conditions.

Advised Arvia Technology, which specialises in effluent and radioactive waste treatment technology, on portfolio strategy with a view to securing further inward investment.

Significant clients Gilead Sciences, Statoil Petroleum, Next, Crown Packaging, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

David Ward is the UK managing partner and is a key contact.

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Mathys & Squire LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 33 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Manchester, Cambridge, York

What the team is known for Highly regarded patent and trade mark practice with an impressive client list drawn from many different industries. Recommended for prosecution, contentious registry actions and IP commercialisation. Assists solicitors with patent litigation in the courts. Has offices in France and Germany.

Strengths A client says: "All employees of Mathys & Squire with whom I have worked have given me absolute confidence in their knowledge and experience in the life sciences arena."

A source says: "The firm is excellent in all categories: knowledge of the law, technical proficiency and professionalism."

Work highlights Assisted Public Health England with a patent application for a new Ebola virus vaccine.

Advised British Gas on its defence of a patent infringement claim by MeterTech regarding the smart meters.

Significant clients BP, Müller, Just Eat, Warburtons, Cisco, Kenwood.

Notable practitioners

Martin MacLean concentrates on the prosecution and protection of biochemistry and biotechnology patents. A client says: "His background in life sciences is first class as is his knowledge and experience of IP law," adding: "This, coupled with an easy-going manner, makes his surgeries highly valuable and him highly approachable."

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Mewburn Ellis LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 40 partners
- 21 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Bristol, Cambridge, Manchester

What the team is known for Long-standing reputation for chemistry and life sciences instructions and an expanding electronics offering. Also has an estimable trade mark service. Able to advise on litigation and the treatment of IP in corporate transactions. Noted for helping research insitutions, spin-outs and related start-ups commercialise their IP.

Strengths A client says: "The team is efficient and provides high-quality advice."

A client says: "The team is well organised by skilled patent attorneys and efficient assistants."

Work highlights Assisted the University of California, Berkeley in getting a UK patent granted for its innovative CRISPR genome editing technology.

Represented Immune Design in defence of patent opposition attempts concerning its adjuvant GLA, which could be potentially used in HIV vaccines.

Significant clients Hoffmann-La Roche, Shimadzu, Hitachi, Zealand Pharma, Taser International.

Notable practitioners

Simon Kremer is noted for his patent prosecution work for biotechnology companies. One client says: "He is proactive and has been successful for us in obtaining grants of patents and addressing examiners' objections."

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Potter Clarkson - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 26 partners
- 21 other qualified practitioners
- Office location: Nottingham

What the team is known for A reputation for expertise in patents, trade marks and designs which extends far beyond the firm's Midlands base. Acts for global brands and companies large and small in chemicals, electronics, life sciences and mechanical engineering. Assists with EPO oppositions, high-value litigation, licensing deals and due diligence for corporate transactions. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A client says: "Potter Clarkson is a safe choice for high-quality work and they always add value on important cases."

A client says: "Potter Clarkson are excellent - some of the best overall service I have ever received."

Work highlights Assisted Stretchline with a patent infringement action against fashion retailer H&M in relation to an innovative material used in a range of brassieres.

Instructed by Alligator Bioscience to conduct a freedom-to-operate analysis required for further development of antibody-based cancer treatments.

Significant clients Alstom Grid, Cancer Research Technology, Orexo, Imperial Innovations, Reckitt Benckiser.

Notable practitioners

Richard Bassett is a senior partner at the firm and a specialist in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. A market source says he is "rated for oppositions casework and runs a tight ship."

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Venner Shipley LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Guildford, Cambridge, Manchester

What the team is known for A roster of experienced patent attorneys with expertise in all manner of disciplines within hi-tech and life sciences. Respected design and trade mark practice. Areas of strength include oppositions, freedom-to-operate analysis and due diligence for corporate transactions. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A client says: "They interpreted our inventions very well and dealt with our requests in a very timely manner."

A client says: "The team is efficient, flexible and solid in its expertise."

Work highlights Assisted Kingspan Holdings with an EPO patent opposition concerning a new form of insulation foam manufactured by Asahi Kasei KK.

Advised Neuro Bio on the management of its biotechnology patent portfolio.

Significant clients Samsung, BAT, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer.

Notable practitioners

Tim Jump is the senior partner and is a key contact.

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Withers & Rogers - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 39 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Bristol, Leamington Spa, Sheffield

What the team is known for Highlighted for its innovative approach, strong patent and trade mark prosecution practices and prestigious clients drawn from the technology, chemicals, life sciences and aviation sectors. Recommended for freedom-to-operate clearance, oppositions and licensing strategy. Acts for clients before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A source says this is "an excellent firm - always very responsive and provides very high-quality input."

A client says: "The team is pragmatic and considerate of what clients want at the best cost level for the job."

Work highlights Instructed by Alcon Components to assist with the defence of an IPEC patent infringement damages claim by AP Racing.

Acted for Purex International in a patent dispute with BOFA International, reaching a favourable settlement for the client.

Significant clients Harvard University, University of Bristol, Mirriad.

Notable practitioners

Karl Barnfather is the chair of the firm and is a key contact.

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Abel & Imray - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 7 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Bath, Cardiff

What the team is known for Develops global patent strategies for clients in the aviation, life sciences and technology sectors. Also distinguished for its strong trade mark and designs practice. Noted for assistance with licence agreements, EPO oppositions, freedom-to-operate analysis and due diligence.

Strengths A client says: "We are very satisfied - they are always very responsive and provide very good and accurate advice."

Work highlights Advising Norgine on the management of its patent portfolio, and on the launch of its new product Xifaxan, a constipation treatment, in Australia.

Assisted Sun Chemical with an EPO patent opposition action.

Significant clients IBM, Panasonic, Honeywell, Novar ED&S, Imperial Innovations.

Notable practitioners

Partner Matthew Fletcher is a key contact.

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Appleyard Lees - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 16 other qualified practitioners
- Office lcations: Manchester, Leeds, Halifax, Cambridge

What the team is known for Sought after by multinationals and growth-stage businesses for advice on all aspects of rights clearance, filing, protection and strategy. Also handles oppositions, supports litigation in the courts and audits portfolios ahead of collaboration, licensing and M&A transactions.

Strengths A client says: "The firm's professionalism and communication is of the highest standard. We are extremely happy with the service we receive."

A source says: "The firm provides timely and commercially relevant advice and is able to manage the actioning of late instructions when needed."

Work highlights Assisted British Steel with a trade mark opposition concerning the attempted registration of the mark 'British Green Steel.'

Advised chemical manufacturer Lucite on the management of its patent portfolio.

Significant clients VMware, Samsung Electronics, Neudrive, Quantum Base, Jemella Group.

Notable practitioners

Joanne King is the managing director of the firm and is a key contact.

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Barker Brettell - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Birmingham, London, Nottingham

What the team is known for Celebrated trade mark practice, with additional expertise in patent prosecution, oppositions and strategy. Many long-standing clients drawn from the automotive, life sciences and technology sectors. Also acts for leading universities and their technology transfer arms. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths Sources say this is "a really good trade marks practice."

Notable practitioners

Catherine Wiseman is a "very accomplished and capable" trade mark expert who is "pragmatic and straightforward when handling contentious matters." She is recommended for all facets of trade mark prosecution and conducts worldwide enforcement campaigns.

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Forresters - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: London, Liverpool, Birmingham

What the team is known for Well known in the market for its patent prosecution expertise in mechanical engineering, life sciences and hi-tech electronics. Also recommended for trade mark and design protection. Has an office in Munich.

Strengths A source says Forresters is "a good, progressive firm to work with."

Notable practitioners

Lloyd Hoarton is the managing partner of the firm and is a key contact.

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Greaves Brewster LLP - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified practitioners
- Office location: Cheddar

What the team is known for Compact and effective practice with expertise in chemistry, engineering, life sciences, materials and plant technology. Acts for university and public sector bodies as well as multinationals, emerging businesses and inventors. Noted for its clearance search and patent monitoring services.

Strengths A source says: "They are very committed to client satisfaction, quality and timeliness."

A client says: "They are extremely knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with."

Work highlights Represented SUEZ in defence of a patent entitlement action filed by Biomimetrics Health Industrial regarding a new process for manufacturing disinfectant solutions.

Advised Ultramarine Safety on the protection of its patent portfolio for a modified life jacket design.

Significant clients Imperial Innovations, Olin, Novartis Tiergesundheit, DPS Process Solutions, Bioarchitech.

Notable practitioners

Jakob Bumke and Rhiannon Turner are key contacts.

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Maucher Jenkins - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 8 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Farnham

What the team is known for Best known for trade mark work but also advises multinationals and emerging companies on patent prosecution, commercialisation and protection. Advises on IP litigation in the courts. Particularly recommended for matters concerning fast-moving consumer goods, computer science, materials and telecoms. Also has offices in Germany and Switzerland.

Strengths A client says: "The team is very professional, reliable, knowledgeable and always makes itself available quickly. A pleasure to work with."

A client says: "The team quickly understands our requirements and is able to tailor its service accordingly."

Work highlights Assisted British Airways with a successful patent application for technology intended to monitor a passenger's personal travel environment.

Acted for mobile phone technology manufacturers Qualcomm in securing European patents.

Significant clients Nestlé, Paramount Pictures, BTG International, Linpac, Teleflex.

Notable practitioners

James Cross is a hi-tech patent specialist who advises on all facets of prosecution, enforcement and rights strategy, and also litigates disputes in the courts. One source says: "He is one of the cleverest patent attorneys I have ever had the pleasure of working with and he is a real team player."

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Wilson Gunn - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 19 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Chesterfield

What the team is known for Highly commercial patents practice for clients in automotive, chemicals, life sciences and a wide range of other sectors. Well-regarded trade marks offering, particularly for retail and sports brands. Advises on IP due diligence with regard to corporate transactions.

Strengths A client says: "The team provides excellent advice and is quick to respond to queries."

A source says: "The team is compact, professional and agile - it provides a great service."

Work highlights Represented confectionary, food and drink conglomerate Mondelēz International in EPO patent application hearings.

Continued to provide strategic advice to Manchester United Football Club on the management of its worldwide trade mark portfolio.

Significant clients Bentley Motors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Mölnlycke Health Care, Boohoo.com, PZ Cussons.

Notable practitioners

Mark Goodwin is the firm's senior partner and is a key contact.

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WP Thompson - Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 5 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Liverpool

What the team is known for Recommended for global patent and trade mark portfolio management, from clearances through registrations to renewals. Strong track record in contentious registry proceedings. Advises on anti-counterfeiting campaigns and commercialisation strategies.

Strengths Clients say this is a team of "very capable individuals who are personable and willing to meet the needs of the client."

A client says: "The team always responds and actions our requests in a timely manner and guides us where we lack knowledge and experience."

Work highlights Advised Meda on patent applications for products containing azelastine, an antihistamine.

Assisted Nail Alliance with the written submissions for a patent application concerning containers for Gelish nail gel polish.

Significant clients NXP, Lakeland, Vernacare, Volkswagen, Davy Process Technology.

Notable practitioners

The "very knowledgeable" Julian Potter is distinguished for the depth of his experience and his focus on "always putting the client first." He advises on all aspects of domestic and European prosecution and is recommended for his expertise with regard to software and business method patents.

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