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Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • One Southampton Row
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1B 5HA

Firm profile submitted by Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

THE FIRM Carpmaels & Ransford LLP is renowned as a leader in the European IP market, with a rich 200-year heritage in the patent profession blended with a modern reputation for innovation in the IP industry as a whole. The firm covers all aspects of IP law and a broad range of technical disciplines, with specialist teams in engineering and technology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, supplementary protection certificates and information communications technology and standards. It serves blue-chip clients across the globe, including Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Invista, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, LG, Mars, Micron, Gilead, Gates, DuPont Teijin, Raytheon, Regeneron and Allergan. All partners have international reputations in their fields and the firm attracts the brightest and best trainees, providing industry-leading training. In the United Kingdom, Carpmaels & Ransford is an expert in all aspects of intellectual property, from inception to commercialisation, enforcement and protection – including drafting, filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, drafting and negotiating licence agreements and other commercial IP agreements, managing multijurisdictional IP recordal projects, advising on the transfer of property rights and assisting clients with patent restoration matters. The firm conducts all aspects of opposition and IP litigation before the European Patent Office (EPO), the EU Intellectual Property Office, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and all levels of the English first-instance and appeal courts. Carpmaels & Ransford is also engaged in all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution in the United States, Japan and elsewhere, using an excellent network of local attorneys under its instruction to prosecute applications, oppositions, revocation actions, infringement suits and interferences. In recent years, Carpmaels & Ransford has successfully developed its IP dispute resolution and IP transactions practices. Our IP dispute resolution team comprises four solicitor partners, four patent attorney partners with significant litigation experience and a team of patent attorney litigators. The team has grown with the addition of David Wilson (Herbert Smith Freehills), Jennifer Antcliff (Actavis/Allergan), Aled Richards-Jones (8 New Square) and Kit Carter (Powell Gilbert LLP), each of whom already regularly represents clients in the UK High Court. Carpmaels & Ransford’s IP dispute resolution team works closely with all of its prosecution specialists. In addition to representing clients at all levels of the EPO, the team is adept at conducting enforcement litigation and revocation actions before the UKIPO and patent, copyright, trademark and other IP litigation in the English courts and the European Court of Justice. The firm advises in cases where parallel or related litigation is ongoing in courts across Europe or in the United States. Strategic IP management advice is a strength of the firm. The growth of its practice in IP dispute resolution and IP transactions have deepened its full capability in the management of clients’ intellectual property from inception to commercialisation, enforcement litigation and defence in Europe, and both mirrors and complements the firm’s position as Europe’s leading IP prosecution and opposition practice.

Managing Partner Richard Jackson
Number of Partners 19
Associates 55
Other fee-earners 39

Intellectual Property