Basic facts about the department
- 30 partners
- 53 other qualified practitioners
- Office locations: London, Reading, Cambridge, Oxford
What the team is known for Impressive depth of technical knowledge, excellent client care skills and fast turnaround times. 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 and clearance searches.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is extremely smooth working with them - they are efficient, cost-effective, proactive and have excellent communications skills."
"They have very good technical skills and are responsive."
Work highlights Assisted World Rugby with the management of its trade mark portfolio, including with the development of enforcement strategies and new applications.
Advises Mondelēz International on its European patent prosecution strategy, and acted for the client in EPO opposition proceedings.
A "great name" for patent prosecution matters, Claire Baldock is known for her focus on the life sciences market. She is recognised as a "very effective opponent" by peers in contentious proceedings including opposition actions.
Emma Pitcher is recommended as "a joy to deal with and someone who really knows her stuff." She advises on all aspects of brand protection matters and assists with trade mark and domain name litigation.
The "very intelligent and very knowledgeable" Tony Pluckrose is a seasoned trade mark attorney and is regarded by sources as "a legal encyclopaedia." His practice takes in oppositions, brand clearance and domain name disputes.
The "eminently capable and extremely bright" Catherine Wolfe is a celebrated trade mark attorney. She has filed trade marks in almost every world jurisdiction and has an excellent record in contentious proceedings before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (formerly Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market).
Significant clients The Boeing Company, Mondelez International, Caterpillar, Beckman Coulter, CREE.