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Boult Wade Tennant LLP impresses with an especially deep bench of high tech and electrical practitioners, but also fields a strong biotechnology and life sciences caseload in addition to its busy engineering and chemical and materials practice. The group boasts an excellent track record in patent application drafting and opposition and appeal work, but is also experienced in transactional-related patent portfolio analyses. Nina White, Tessa Bucks, senior partner Nick McLeish and Oxford's Adrian Hayes form the quartet at the helm of the practice. Jonathan Palmer, Michelle Pratt, Reading's Jason Pelly, Howard Sands, Rohan Setna and James Short are also noted. Susi Fish in Reading and Matthew Ridley made partner. All attorneys are based in London unless otherwise stated. The firm also has an office in Cambridge and added a new office in Berlin in January 2019, continuing its expansion in continental Europe after having launched in Madrid in spring 2018.

Practice head(s):Nina White; Tessa Bucks; Adrian Hayes; Nick McLeish

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Palmer; Michelle Pratt; Jason Pelly; Howard Sands; Rohan Setna; James Short

Key Clients

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.

Caterpillar

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.

Beckman Coulter

CREE

Linde Group

PreTect AJ (previously known as Norchip A/S)

arGEN-X B.V.

Nektar Therapeutics

Gravity Industries

Tenaris Connections Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a European patent at the European opposition hearing belonging to pioneer Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation that provides broad protection for methods of generating monoclonal antibodies based on comparing the relative frequencies of antibody sequences at two time points.
  • Advised Irdeto B.V. on the management of a patent portfolio of around 520 active cases spanning around 16 countries/regions, involving software and media security, digital rights management and the protection of circuits and electronic chips.
  • Defending longstanding client Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.’s European patents on numerous occasions at the European Patent Office in opposition and appeal proceedings, including the successful defence of a patent covering a jet-milling process for micronising roasted coffee beans.
  • Portfolio management for the Guinness world record-holding Iron Man jet suit created by Gravity Industries.
  • Represented Nektar Therapeutics on many occasions before the European Patent Office, both prosecuting applications and defending its patents before the Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal, often involving patents covering protein conjugates.

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP maintains its strong opposition practice around its four key sectors: chemistry, life sciences, engineering and technology. Additionally, the group's solicitors are steadily increasing the litigation caseload, enabling the practice to represent clients in parallel opposition and enforcement proceedings, both in the United Kingdom and abroad. A robust track record of high-profile transactional work completes the group's wide-ranging offering. Managing partner Richard Jackson, head of life sciences Hugh Goodfellow, head of physical sciences John Brunner, head of pharmaceuticals James Warner, biotechnology practice head Mark Chapman, chemistry practice head Gillian McGuire, and engineering and technology practice head Gary Small form the heart of the practice. Life sciences and chemistry expert Harvey Adams joined from Mathys & Squire LLP. Pharmaceutical specialist Matthew Georgiou made partner.

Practice head(s):Richard Jackson; Hugh Goodfellow; John Brunner; James Warner; Mark Chapman; Gillian McGuire; Gary Small

Other key lawyers:Bruce Cockerton; Cameron Marshall; Susan Kirsch; Daniel Wise

Testimonials

'Go-to firm for life-sciences patent prosecution and opposition work in Europe. Unparalleled breadth of experience, technical background and insight. Impressive bandwidth.'

'Carpmaels has the legal and technical talent of a larger firm, but they seem to do a better job placing their people in a position to succeed for their clients. Moreover, the attorneys they have appear to have the right combination of effort and judgement (i.e. the wherewithal not to accept the first solution, but the self-awareness to know when to stop) which is very hard for in-house counsel to teach outside counsel.'

'Very strategic firm. They pay attention to what the clients' real needs are and formulate a strategy to meet those needs.'

'Cameron Marshall is a formidable advocate and strategist in opposition work.'

'Daniel Wise is an excellent strategist and has the ability to engage in detailed aspects of a project while still maintaining perspective of the overall task. A creative problem solver.'

'Bruce Cockerton's communications are always clear and informative and do not require follow-ups for clarification.'

Key Clients

Align Technology, Inc

Biosense Webster

Celgene (Abraxis)

Ethicon, Inc.

Gilead

Janssen Biotechnology

Johnson & Johnson (Consumer)

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Merck (MSD)

Modis Therapeutics

Novartis

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Stanford University/ Forty Seven Inc.

4D Pharma PLC

Afiniti Technologies

Barclays

LG Display

Abbott Medical Optics

Work highlights

  • Enforcement and defence of multiple European patents by Align Technology against ClearCorrect.
  • Successfully acted for Gilead, defending three oppositions before the European Patent Office Opposition Divisions in October 2017 (‘633), December 2017 (‘506) and March 2018 (‘294) against multiple opponents.
  • Advised Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and prepared its case. The firm led oral advocacy at opposition proceedings as first opponent in multi-opponent proceedings and was successful in achieving revocation of the patent concerned (EP-B-2990420). This was the second win in this dispute achieved for the client.
  • Acted for Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd. in the defence of opposition against European patent no. 2 499 968 (two-dimensional Cardiac Mapping).
  • Acted for Celgene (Abraxis Bioscience) in a matter relating to SPCs (supplementary protection certificates) for the product Abraxane. The firm represented the applicant and provided strategic advice at all stages, from the first instance proceedings at the UK-IPO, the UK High Court proceedings which successfully achieved a reference to the CJEU, and most recently as part of the written and oral proceedings at the CJEU.

D Young & Co LLP demonstrates broad sectorial strength, ranging from the telecoms, manufacturing and electronics sectors to the aerospace, biotechnology and especially the pharmaceutical sectors as key case generators. In addition to a strong patent drafting and portfolio management practice, often chosen by major international clients as well as prestigious universities and research institutes, the group impresses with its powerful UK and European opposition and appeal practice and complementary litigation offering. The team is also well versed in due diligence instructions, often acting for investment funds and venture capital players. Anthony Albutt and Kirk Gallagher direct the practice. In Southampton, physics and electronics specialist Nicholas Malden, electronic technology expert Jonathan Jackson and chemical and pharmaceutical professional Garreth Duncan are key contacts. Neil Nachshen, who focuses on biochemistry and pharmacology, is also noted. Rachel Bateman, Tamara Milton and Southampton's Alan Boyd and Cathrine McGowan made partner. Rooted in London and Southampton, the firm is continuing the expansion of its Munich office. Unless otherwise stated, all practitioners are based in London.

Practice head(s):Kirk Gallagher; Anthony Albutt

Other key lawyers:Garreth Duncan; Jonathan Jackson; Nicholas Malden; Neil Nachshen

Testimonials

'Great team, well coordinated and effective.'

'D Young & Co is very client-attentive and does exactly what it promises, which saves much of our time and effort to communicate.'

'The most professional team I have ever worked with. Excellent advice delivered in a laid back way that enables us as clients to participate in the most productive way.'

'The D Young & Co team is not only strong on patent strategy and management, but, critically for us, they have done an outstanding job of understanding our technology, products and end-use markets, and this understanding has helped them to provide directly relevant advice.'

'Anthony Albutt is very dedicated and service-minded.'

'Nicholas Malden takes a good care of client needs and is always willing to accommodate the client's requests.'

Key Clients

Allergy Therapeutics

GKN Aerospace

Juniper Networks

Lush Cosmetics

Nestlé

Oxford University Innovation Limited

Roche

Sony

Toyota Motor Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fresenius Kabi in oppositions of two high-value European patents relating to the client's biggest selling pharmaceutical product, adalimumab.
  • Successfully defended the patent relating to the dosing regimen of Teva Pharmaceutical's 40mg Copaxone product.
  • Providing successful patent prosecution services to Airspan Networks, a provider of wireless connectivity solutions for telecoms service providers, since its formation over 20 years ago.
  • Advised Wykamol on Safeguard Europe’s claim for infringement of its patent for a method of treating concrete and masonry and a counterclaim for revocation of the patent. Proceedings were commenced in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in January 2018 and were settled the following month in February 2018.

Dehns is one of the most established firms in the market and stands out especially through its prolific patent filing practice, both at the UKIPO and at the EPO. The group is also very experienced in opposition and appeal work and counts a high number of major British, Scandinavian (especially Norwegian), and US corporations among its longstanding clients. Senior partner Alexander Piésold and biotechnology practice head Hanna Dzieglewska, both in London; head of chemical Philip Towler in Oxford; and engineering practice head John Tothill in Brighton are key practitioners. Brighton's Philip Jeffrey, Deborah Owen and Oxford-based senior associate Mark Bell are also recommended. Oxford's Tim Wilson made partner. The firm also has offices in Bristol, Manchester and Sandwich as well as an international office in Munich.

Practice head(s):Alexander Piésold; Hanna Dzieglewska; Philip Towler; John Tothill

Other key lawyers:Philip Jeffrey, Deborah Owen

Key Clients

Borealis

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Coca-Cola Company

Equinor

Honda Motor Company

Medtronic

Oxford University Innovation

SanDisk

United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

Virgin Atlantic

Waters Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Norwegian University of Science and Technology, assembling a multidisciplinary software and life sciences team to draft and file patent applications for a new type of medical ultrasound scanning device, including a Patent Cooperation Treaty application and four UK priority applications.
  • Developed a strategy for Amicoat to streamline prosecution of a patent family, ensuring post-appeal registration of a patent at the Japanese Patent Office and subsequently successful registration at the Indian Patent Office after the patent had been in danger of a final refusal of registration.

J A Kemp demonstrates particular strength in the pharmaceutical, engineering and university sectors and is especially well known for its high-profile caseload acting for US and Japanese clients. EPO patent filings and oppositions account for a significant portion of the practice. The group's track record in successful patent restoration and its experience in supplementary protection certificates are other stand-out features. Engineering and IT practice head Michael Nicholls, chemistry and pharmaceutical practice head Celia Keen and biotechnology and life sciences practice head Patrick Campbell form the spine of the practice. Pharmaceutical and cleantech expert Ravi Srinivasan is another key practitioner. Patent and trade mark attorney and litigator Stephen Hodsdon joined in Cambridge from Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Nicholls; Celia Keen; Patrick Campbell

Other key lawyers:Ravi Srinivasan

Key Clients

AbbVie

Almirall

Actimed

UCB

Work highlights

  • Represented patent applicant AbbVie in EPO opposition regarding high-value rheumatoid arthritis drug upadacitinib.
  • Represented patent owner Almirall in EPO opposition brought by several generics companies regarding a dosage patent covering Aclidinium, a treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.
  • Advised Actimed on developing the start-up's patent portfolio regarding the use of beta blockers in oncology.
  • Advised UCB on the management of a high volume of patent applications across three families regarding antibody rozanolixizumab, including key patent applications in the US, Europe and Japan, and successful defence of the client licensee against an opposition filed regarding a patent covering osteoporosis treatment antibody romosozumab, owned by Amgen and licensed to UCB.

Kilburn & Strode LLP combines a strong pharmaceutical and life sciences practice with a powerful electronics and technology offering and an impressive track record acting for engineering clients. EPO opposition and appeal instructions form an important part of the caseload, but the group also excels in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, portfolio development and management, and transactional instructions, including due diligences and fundraising prospectus opinions. Nick Bassil and Kristina Cornish direct the life sciences and chemistry practice while managing partner Richard Howson, Alexander Korenberg and chairman Gwilym Roberts are the heads of the electronics and IT department. Jim Miller heads the advanced engineering group. The firm also has offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Munich and The Hague.

Practice head(s):Nick Bassil; Kristina Cornish; Richard Howson; Alexander Korenberg; Jim Miller; Gwilym Roberts

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Crooks; Kathryn Eldridge

Key Clients

Aston Martin

Boeing

Cisco

Dropbox

Honeywell

Imperial Innovations

Janssen

LG Display

LG Electronics

Mars

Queen Mary University

Work highlights

  • Assisting LG Display with European and domestic prosecution of patents covering display screens, including the protection of OLED screen technology used in rollable displays, displays with embedded speakers and screens with reduced bezel size.
  • Assisting Janssen with the prosecution of over 120 applications for supplementary protection certificates throughout Europe, including the extension of the protection for combination HIV drug Odefsey.
  • Advising Square on the management of the client's patent and design portfolio since the client's European launch.
  • Prosecuted patents covering bio-derivable and bio-degradable plastics for Biome Bioplastics Limited, including four priority UK patent application filings.
  • Advising Modern Machine Translations on the international patent protection of artificial intelligence-based engines used to improve the accuracy of computer-generated translations.

At Marks & Clerk LLP pharmaceutical and life sciences patent prosecution is a core strength, but the group is also very experienced in assisting clients from the engineering, technology, energy and software sectors, including with artificial intelligence-related instructions. The team demonstrates strength in patent application drafting and filing as well as in opposition and appeal work and, through its integrated litigation practice, Marks & Clerk Law, offers a well-rounded stand-out range of services. The Edinburgh-based Maureen Kinsler is the firm's international chair while London's Simon Mounteney is the UK managing partner. Other key attorneys include Graham McGlasham in Glasgow, Jonathan Stafford in Manchester, and Will Nieuwenhuys and Sheila Wallace in London. In Birmingham, Philip Cupitt joined from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP. With UK offices in London, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Oxford as well as a significant international presence in continental Europe, Canada and Asia, the firm boasts one of the biggest geographical footprints in the market.

Practice head(s):Maureen Kinsler; Simon Mounteney

Other key lawyers:Graham McGlasham; Will Nieuwenhuys; Jonathan Stafford; Sheila Wallace

Mathys & Squire LLP's life sciences and chemistry and IT, telecoms and engineering departments are among the most active and prestigious patent drafting and filing practices in the market. While the practice counts a high number of international corporations as its clients, it can also look back on a strong track record of prosecution work for start-ups and was appointed as a provider of intellectual property rights services for the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium in 2018. Christopher Hamer and Martin MacLean direct the life sciences and chemistry group while Jane Clark and Ilya Kazi direct the IT and electronics department. Paul Cozens is the head of the engineering practice and the Cambridge-based Alan MacDougall leads the telecoms group. Hazel Ford joined as of counsel from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP and subsequently made partner. Of counsel Victoria Strachan, who joined from Wynne-Jones IP, has headed the Oxford office since it opened in late 2018, at the same time as the new Midlands office. Of counsel Alison Haile joined from Beresford Crump. Unless otherwise stated all practitioners are based in London. The firm also has offices in Brighton, Cambridge, Manchester and York, as well as three offices in continental Europe. Harvey Adams joined Carpmaels & Ransford LLP. Peter Garrett retired.

Practice head(s):Jane Clark; Paul Cozens; Christopher Hamer; Ilya Kazi; Alan MacDougall; Martin MacLean

Other key lawyers:Catherine Booth; Anna Gregson; Dani Kramer; Sean Leach

Testimonials

'The team has a unique blend of diversity of technology expertise combined with individual personal touch, which means that you get both the security that the science is fully understood, along with the in-depth relationship with a single key legal adviser. They are adaptive and responsive to the client's needs, and very experienced in handling complex collaborative projects with several stakeholders. They also have outstanding commercial expertise, so always see the bigger picture.'

'Mathys & Squire LLP is an excellent associate office for EPO patent matters. The team is efficient and responsive. They are in tune with the client's needs and handle our requests in a professional and well-organised manner. Their experience makes it easy to entrust them with patent filings for UK as well as for EPO matters.'

'Very professional, innovative, reliable and efficient.'

'Very thorough in analysis, preparation and strategy for oppositions.'

'Anna Gregson is simply outstanding. Professional, pragmatic, approachable and always on hand for advice.'

'Martin MacLean is a real guru in the healthcare and pharmaceutical field, and brings his experience to bear in not only giving very wise legal advice, but also setting things in a commercial context.'

'Ilya Kazi is second to none in being able to sit down with a new client and get straight to the crux of the issue they need to resolve. He is excellent both in detail and in longer term strategy, very often coming up with business directions that the clients have not thought of.'

'Catherine Booth excels in: 1) understanding the business needs, 2) learning the technical details, 3) capturing relevant law, 4) persuasive communication both on paper and in person, 5) listening to and countering third parties in real time.'

'Christopher Hamer is always keen to provide support in whatever way the firm can, which is very useful for an in-house team that has several peaks of legal work and different priorities from time to time.'

'Sean Leach is technically brilliant and even R&D folks, who are PhDs in their specialist areas, have commended his grasp of new technologies.'

Key Clients

AbbVie

BP

Cisco

Elixir Medical Corporation

Intuitive Surgical Operations

Novartis

Panavision

Petronas

Public Health England

Warburtons

Work highlights

  • Advised Colorifix on the development and strategic prosecution of the client's  intercontinental IP portfolio covering a technology using agricultural by-products for the production of pigments and dyed fabrics through microorganism-based synthetic biology.
  • Successfully represented Novartis in opposition proceedings brought against a patent which was key to its $235m acquisition of a glaucoma treatment company.
  • Representing Public Health England on international prosecution strategies regarding patents covering diagnostics and therapeutics for high-risk pathogens.
  • Successfully represented AAK in opposition proceedings brought against General Mills regarding a patent covering a hydrated fat composition.
  • Developing a patent filing strategy for the start-up Chip[s] Board to protect its range of sheet materials produced using bioplastics and natural reinforcers.

Mewburn Ellis LLP specialises in patents from the life sciences, chemistry and engineering sectors and acts for a good mix of universities and research institutes, start-ups and major international players. Machester-based Graeme Moore directs the engineering team, while Jeremy Webster is the head of the chemistry practice and Bristol's Simon Kiddle leads the life sciences group. In Bristol, the arrival of former Withers & Rogers practitioner Andrew Mears bolstered the engineering bench while Paul Dunne's promotion to partner strengthened the firm's chemistry, nanotech and life sciences offering.

Practice head(s):Graeme Moore; Simon Kiddle; Jeremy Webster

Other key lawyers:Richard Clegg; Chris Denison; Emma Graham; Richard Johnson; Robert Watson

Key Clients

AstraZeneca

Cambridge Enterprise

Danisco US

Hitachi

James Cropper Plc

Johnson Matthey

Mitsubishi Electric

Unilever

University of California, Berkeley

Work highlights

  • Assisting ADC Therapeutics with the worldwide prosecution of patents covering antibody drug conjugate technology.
  • Successfully acted for Clovis Oncology in defending a European patent covering crystalline forms of rucaparib camsylate, a cancer treatment drug, against opposition proceedings filed by two opponents.
  • Conducted IP due diligence for Arix Biosciences in respect of their multi-million pound investments into (1) LogicBio Therapeutics Ltd and (2) Atox Bio, Inc.
  • Represented Genentech/Roche in EPO opposition proceedings regarding a patent protecting the best-selling rheumatoid arthritis drug Rituximab against oppositions filed by multiple parties, including Merck Serono, Hexal, Celltrion and Mundipharma.
  • Advised Creo Medical on the management of the entire IP portfolio covering a range of endoscopy-based electrosurgery devices, including over 100 granted patents and 300 pending patent applications, chief among which are six patent families protecting the Speedboat device used for minimally invasive treatment of tumours in the gastrointestinal tract.

Reddie & Grose LLP boasts wide-ranging sectorial expertise, including the life sciences, electronics, engineering and telecoms sectors. The firm's main office is in London, where practice heads Jan Vleck, Julie Millburn and Nick Reeve are based, but the firm also has an office in Cambridge, where the fourth practice head Michael Roberts is located. The London-based Paul Loustalan, who specialises in advanced engineering, automotive, materials and consumer product-related work, made partner.

Practice head(s):Julie Millburn; Nick Reeve; Michael Roberts; Jan Vleck

Other key lawyers:Phil Bates; Simon Goodman; Patrick Lloyd; Pete Sadler; Tom Sharman

Testimonials

'This team has excellent capability across the board, representing clients large and small. They are well known for their work for major multinationals, but also for representing smaller companies. They have a fair approach to pricing, and a commitment to client service.'

'Professional, knowledgeable, reachable, understanding of corporate needs.'

'Excellent technical ability, high engagement and efficient, quality drafting of patent applications with minimal input required from us.'

'I am particularly impressed by Tom Sharman, who is relatively rare these days as an attorney who specialises in both trade marks and patents. Another core strength for Tom is designs, being one of the few design attorneys who really gets what they are about, and that they are not as straightforward as many people think.'

Key Clients

Matoke Holdings

Metalysis

Murata Manufacturing Company

Nordson Corporation

Proptek

Tangerine

Thunder Power

Xiaomi

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Corning Optical Communications' patent covering an optical connector against opposition proceedings initiated by three opponents, including the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer worldwide, a smaller Spanish telecommunications company and a third opponent.
  • Successfully prosecuted a large number of applications at the EPO on behalf of Xiaomi.
  • Acted for Murata Manufacturing Company in successfully defending a European patent against opposition proceedings brought by a Taiwanese company in addition to assisting with drafting and filing new patent applications.
  • Acted for Nordson Corporation in successfully defending three patents in opposition proceedings covering powder coating innovations.
  • Advised Matoke Holdings on the patentability of its new antimicrobials technology and the corresponding patenting strategy in addition to actively managing and prosecuting the client's patent portfolio.

Venner Shipley LLP offers expertise in innovative technologies, such as driverless cars, genome editing and artificial intelligence. The prosecution of computer-implemented inventions, especially computer simulations, is an area of particular strength. The electronics and technology, engineering, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors are the firm's mainstays. Managing partner Jan Walaski directs the electronics and engineering practice, while Sian Gill is the head of the chemical and life sciences team and Ian Grey leads the mechanical engineering group. The group has offices in London, Cambridge, Guildford and Manchester.

Practice head(s):Jan Walaski; Sian Gill; Ian Grey

Other key lawyers:Oliver Anderson; Alex Brown; John Chettle; Paul Derry; Allie Elend; Anton Hutter; Richard Kennedy; Pawel Piotrowicz; Tim Russell

Testimonials

'Very much technology specialists. Coordinated global prosecution is a strength - they are clearly very experienced at this and adept at obtaining successful outcomes in an efficient manner.'

'The team are uniquely positioned to provide quick and efficient legal assistance whenever it is necessary. They clearly work very well together. Unlike with other firms, this team always get back to me promptly and I never need to follow up.'

'John Chettle and Oliver Anderson both are effective and well qualified for our requirements.'

'Richard Kennedy gets great results. He is also efficient at his work, a great team player and very personable to work with.'

'Ian Grey takes a very hands-on approach every time I've been a client either in-house or in an IP firm. He cares about the quality of the work he and his associates perform and explains all of the procedures clearly and to the point.'

Key Clients

British American Tobacco

Cambridge Display Technologies (CDT)

Fianium Limited / NKT Photonics

Nokia

Novalia

Renesas Electronics Europe

Samsung Group (Samsung Electronics, Samsung Display and Samsung SDI)

Sanofi

The Procter & Gamble Company

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Advised Inflazome on all aspects of its IP and assisting the client with its successful €40m series B funding , the largest European biotech series B funding in 2018.
  • Advised Samsung on the management of a significant portion of the client's European patent filings, including patent applications for key technologies such as OLED and QLED television screens, voice- and gesture-activated user interfaces and home appliances.
  • Advised Nokia on patent applications covering key technologies, such as 5G mobile communications and internet of things networks.
  • Represented Procter & Gamble in multiple EPO oppositions and appeal cases covering a range of key products, including domestic laundry products, feminine care products and baby care products.

A.A. Thornton & Co. was especially active in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, energy, electronics and IT sectors, with other highlights coming from retail, medical device, agriculture and aerospace clients. The group increased its weight in the market with the partner promotions of Alex Bone, Nikesh Patel, Marianne Privett and Nick South. Adrian Bennett is the head of the engineering, physics and mechanical devices group, while Mike Jennings directs the electrical engineering, electronics, telecoms and IT department and Craig Turner leads the chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical practice. Emily Cottrill joined Henkel.

Practice head(s):Adrian Bennett; Mike Jennings; Craig Turner

Other key lawyers:Lawrence King

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

Bosch

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Cipla

Halliburton Energy Services

Hovione

Novartis

WorldPay

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained broad patent rights in several applicant countries for the product and method of use of ASA Energy Services’ reactor that uses the Fischer-Tropsch process to manufacture hydrocarbon products from carbon monoxide and hydrogen.
  • Acted for ImmutriX Therapeutics in securing registration of a patent covering carbon monoliths used in blood cleansing applications, obtaining protection for the carbon itself instead of protection just for the methods of treatment and thereby increasing the scope of the patent covering one of the client's core products.
  • Acting for Vitamix in obtaining a patent for an enclosure for a food blender whose claim set scope exceeded the scope of a previously granted parent patent in order to cover a competitor's blender and secure the client's position in the market.
  • Represented Neo-Innova Healthcare Ltd to obtain patent and trade mark protection worldwide for potentially industry-changing natural botanical insect repellent, and advised the client in related negotiations with key players in the insect repellent market.
  • Acted for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in successfully defending a key European patent against an opposition filed by competitor INEOS.

Traditionally strong in mechanical engineering and physics, Barker Brettell LLP remains a go-to firm for clients from the automotive and aerospace sectors, but also offers an impressive track record in the life sciences, consumer goods, energy and university sector, both in contentious and non-contentious matters. Design rights instructions are another key area of strength. With a main hub in Birmingham in addition to its offices in London, Nottingham and Southampton, and an international presence in Munich and, since March 2019, in Stockholm, the group is able to attract prestigious domestic and international clients. Senior partner John Lawrence and managing partner Andy Tranter, both based in Birmingham, direct the practice.

Practice head(s):John Lawrence; Andy Tranter

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Atkinson; Nicholas Braddon; David Harris; Carrie Johnson; Yvonne Johnson; Jonathan Myers; David Pearce

Key Clients

Bell Helicopter

Kohler Mira

Oxford University Innovation

Severn Trent Water Limited

University of Nottingham

University of Warwick

Work highlights

  • Advised Holland & Knight client Intertape Polymer on the prosecution of several European patents, including successfully defending Intertape Polymer against EPO opposition proceedings filed against a patent covering seven countries despite an adverse preliminary opinion from the EPO Board of Appeals.
  • Advised Brady Worldwide Inc on the international patent and registered design prosecution for a new product as part of ongoing intellectual property advice for the client on product development.
  • Worked with Brokaw Patent Law to prosecute two patent applications for Harmonic, Inc and, following a comprehensive review and rebuttal of the UKIPO examiner’s objections regarding the patentability of software, was able to reverse the examiner’s negative opinion which enabled registration of the patents.
  • Provided Oxford University Innovation with ongoing patent prosecution advice across a broad spread of technologies, including advice on international patent office practices to ensure prosecution consistency.

CMS focuses on life sciences and technology instructions, with the prosecution of artificial intelligence and digital health patents as a particularly strong stand-out feature. Thanks to its place within a full-service law firm, the group is well positioned for instructions requiring parallel opposition and litigation representation. Additionally, the team is very experienced in patent application drafting and filing. Robert Stephen directs the practice which includes Helen Wallis, of counsel Rachel Free and Tobias Reker, who splits his time between London and Munich. Kevin Cordina joined Simmons & Simmons.

Practice head(s):Robert Stephen

Other key lawyers:Rachel Free; Tobias Reker; Helen Wallis

Testimonials

'Robert Stephen offered additional assistance that fell outside his remit in drafting patent applications. Robert could be relied upon by all parties to be neutral, thoughtful, and pragmatic. He often served as somewhere between an intermediary and a mediator in a way that all parties felt comfortable with. In short, he did an excellent job of managing his clients in a way that went beyond simple drafting.'

Key Clients

Eli Lilly

Foxconn

Insmed

Kymab

LinkedIn

Microsoft

NDT Global

Silence Therapeutics

Vectura

Work highlights

  • Represented Silence Therapeutics in international opposition and litigation proceedings against competitor Alnylam, including a dispute over declarations filed by the client for entitlement to supplementary protection certificates regarding four Alnylam products, ending with a settlement in December 2018.
  • Represented Microsoft before the EPO in relation to a significant proportion of their European portfolio.
  • Represented Eli Lilly in its patent opposition against Teva’s European patent on CGRP antibodies, an arthritis and migraine treatment, securing revocation of the competitor's patent before the EPO.
  • Advised Imagination Technologies on the management of a significant portion of the client's worldwide patent portfolio, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications before the UKIPO, EPO and German patent office.
  • Advised Microsoft on its collaboration with Novartis regarding the protection of its use of the Kinect camera system in methods for assessing the development and severity of multiple sclerosis, including the drafting and filing of the necessary patent applications at the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare.

EIP¬†stands out through its longstanding expertise in parallel prosecution and litigation cases and is especially well versed in high-tech cases, most notably instructions from telecoms clients. The group continued to expand its already high-profile roster of direct clients and added a Denver office in April 2018, the second of its international offices after the opening of the D√ľsseldorf office in 2013. In the UK, the group of practice heads¬†Jerome Spaargaren,¬†Heather McCann¬†and¬†Matt Lawman¬†has offices in London, Bath, Cardiff and Leeds.¬†Pete Wilson¬†joined from BT and of counsel¬†Danny Butler¬†joined from¬†his own practice.

Practice head(s):Jerome Spaargaren; Heather McCann; Matt Lawman

Other key lawyers:Laurence Brown; Richard Gordon-Brown

Testimonials

'The team has a wide variety of robust technical capabilities in the chemistry and biotechnology space.'

'The individuals at EIP are super-smart and detail-oriented. They provide practical corporate and legal advice. Their cost structure is reasonable compared to the quality of IP services provided. They are easy to speak with and truly listen to the business issues. They are very respectful, not arrogant and never speak over you.'

Key Clients

Airbus Operations

Arm Ltd

British American Tobacco

Conversant Wireless Licensing

Flirtey

HP Inc

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Metaswitch Networks

Tate & Lyle

Sonos Inc

Visa

Work highlights

  • Advised Conversant Wireless Licensing on pre-action and ongoing technical support  in relation to validity and infringement of its patent portfolio in ongoing litigation, involving several patents in the UK and Germany in addition to parallel invalidity and infringement proceedings in China for which EIP collaborated with a Chinese firm.
  • Patent attorney support provided to EIP Legal on matters of validity and infringement in the ongoing ClearCorrect v Align litigation in the UK, representing ClearCorrect Holdings, Inc, ClearCorrect Operating, LLC and Your Smile Direct Limited.
  • Advised Visa on the management of the majority of the client's European patent portfolio following the client's acquisition of Visa Europe, an EIP client, in summer 2016.
  • Conducting a large-scale patent filing programme in support of a key product launch for British American Tobacco.
  • Represented Airbus Operations in EPO opposition proceedings and conducted a software-related invention harvesting project.

Elkington + Fife LLP is among the most renowned oppositions and appeals practices in the market, including extensive experience in petitions for review, with a strong electronics department and a powerful team specialising in the prosecution of chemical and pharmaceutical patents, most notably acting for major generics players. The practice's strength in the prosecution of patents for software and computer-implemented inventions is another clear asset. London's Richard Gillard directs the chemical and life sciences group while Sevenoaks-based Nick Ertl heads the electrical and mechanical group.

Practice head(s):Richard Gillard; Nick Ertl

Other key lawyers:James Anderson; Richard Cooke; Oliver Kingsbury; Rob O'Callaghan; Daniell Portch; Erik Scheuermann; Glyn Truscott

Key Clients

Corning Incorporated

Dow Corning

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Limited

IBM

Nestlé

Novartis

Philips

Procter & Gamble

Samsung

University of Kent

Work highlights

  • Represented Mylan in EPO opposition proceedings against Novartis regarding a patent covering the commercially important osteoporosis and cancer drug zoledronic acid, ultimately securing revocation of the Novartis patent before the Board of Appeal, a decision later confirmed in petition for review proceedings.
  • Represented Procter & Gamble in EPO opposition proceedings and successfully defended a patent covering a new use of two decongestant drugs targeting cold and flu viruses.
  • Represented Atreca, Inc, a Stanford University spin-off, at the EPO, ultimately succeeding in obtaining the grant of a complex immunology patent after closely liaising with the client's US and in-house counsel, a key patent for the development of the client's patent portfolio.
  • Assisted Graphene Composites Ltd with the development of the patent portfolio protecting its core products, a range of new composite materials for armour and aerospace applications, filing several patent applications and advising the client on its IP strategy.
  • Assisting IBM with the drafting and prosecution of patents aimed at covering software-related and computer-implemented inventions.

Gill Jennings & Every LLP acquired Beresford Crump LLP in spring 2019, thereby increasing its clout in mechanics-, physics-, electronics-, optics- and software-related instructions. The pharmaceutical and life sciences sector is a particularly active case generator, but the team's track record demonstrates its sector versatility. The group fields a busy contentious caseload, containing a significant percentage of EPO opposition cases, but also demonstrates strength in strategic patent portfolio development for which it offers a specially designed offering under the name ConsultIP. Managing partners Michael Lord and Stephen Haley direct the practice. Software and electronics expert Matthew Hoyles made partner. Chemistry specialist John Fisher joined from Carpmaels & Ransford LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Lord; Stephen Haley

Other key lawyers:Peter Arrowsmith; Arnie Clarke; Peter Finnie; Lucy Samuels; Heather Scott; Fiona Stevens; Robert Skone James

Testimonials

'They delve deeply into the subjects and try to craft the best possible claims with lots of fallback positions.'

Key Clients

De La Rue International Limited

Hasbro, Inc

Mastercard Worldwide

Mylan

Oracle International Corporation

Petroleum Geo-Services, Inc.

Randox Laboratories Ltd.

Rockwool International A/S

Sinclair Pharmaceuticals Limited

The Procter & Gamble Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Haier in the prosecution of European patents covering white goods and consumer electronics.
  • Represented Mylan in high-stakes opposition proceedings against patent owner Teva regarding a new commercial formulation for Copaxone, a multibillion-dollar treatment for multiple sclerosis.
  • Successfully defended De La Rue against EPO opposition proceedings initiated by two competitors regarding a patent covering an optical security device.
  • Assisted Oracle with the drafting and filing of patent applications covering database management systems, cloud computing and computer networking in addition to advising the client on its international patent application strategy.

HGF Limited specialises in chemistry-, electronics-, engineering- and life sciences-related instructions and combines strong oppositions expertise with a powerful drafting and filing practice and litigation roster. The key patent attorney practitioners are: senior partner and head of electronics Harry Hutchinson in Sheffield; London-based head of engineering Matthew Dixon; chemistry practice head Gary Wilson in Glasgow; Kate Taylor in York, who directs the life sciences group; pharmaceutical team head Andrew Wells in Manchester; head of oppositions and appeals Chris Moore in Birmingham; energy practice head Craig Watson in Aberdeen; and Vanessa Stainthorpe in Sheffield, who leads the medical device department. The group opened a new Nottingham office in January 2018, led by Gareth Probert, who joined from Potter Clarkson LLP, and also increased its international presence in Germany, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland by adding several partners to the bench. Susan Keston in Glasgow and Kieran Killough in Manchester made partner.

Practice head(s):Paul Sanderson; Jason Lumber; Harry Hutchinson; Matt Dixon; Gary Wilson; Kate Taylor; Andrew Wells; Chris Moore; Craig Watson; Vanessa Stainthorpe

Key Clients

Accord Healthcare Limited

Braiform (UK) Limited

Cosmo Films

Devro Plc

Fresh Trading Limited (Innocent Drinks)

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited

PokerStars

Scientific Design

The University of Manchester

Toyota

Work highlights

  • Assisted PokerStars (part of The Stars Group) with the development of its global patent portfolio for fast-fold poker and zoom poker, involving advice on the patentability of innovative gaming techniques.
  • Acted for chemical process technology licensor Scientific Design on opposition matters for a number of years, including representation in a portfolio of oppositions pending in spring 2019, against a range of opponents including Shell, Institut français du pétrole and Coca-Cola.
  • Filed a high number of patent applications on behalf of Devro Plc aimed at protecting a new coating technology for a range of food products, especially meat products, in addition to assisting with a series of Chinese utility model filings.
  • Advised Cosmo Films on the international defence against an important competitor patent, including representation of the client in EPO opposition and appeal proceedings as lead opponent out of a total of five opponents, assisting with the development of the defence strategy for the corresponding US patent.
  • Assisted King’s College London and The Wellcome Trust with the patent application to support the licence and collaboration deal relating to the development of novel small molecules for the treatment of chronic pain, particularly neuropathic pain.

Maucher Jenkins offers an integrated Anglo-German practice and fields an especially strong caseload in the life sciences, both domestic and European and including medical devices and biotechnology-related work, with the telecoms and manufacturing sectors as other key activity centres. In late 2018 the firm added an office in Shenzhen to its international footprint. In the UK, the group is present in London, Farnham, Cambridge and Edinburgh. James Cross, Hugh Dunlop, Reuben Jacob, Holly Whitlock and Philip Treeby direct the practice. Fiona Kellas made partner.

Practice head(s):James Cross; Hugh Dunlop; Reuben Jacob; Holly Whitlock; Philip Treeby

Other key lawyers:Alvin Lam

Key Clients

Conair (Babyliss and Cuisinart brands)

British Airways

Indian Ocean Medical

Inmarsat

Intel

Midea Group

Novartis

Otter Controls

Qualcomm Incorporated

Sky

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented QUALCOMM Incorporated regarding 71 summonses received from the EPO (Munich, Hague, Berlin and Video Conference) and assisted the client with the filing of over 300 patent applications in 2018.
  • Acted for Sky in successfully obtaining UK patents for key features of the Sky Q user interface.
  • Obtained two European patents for Otter Controls covering the client’s waterproof cordless connectors and successfully defended another client patent in opposition proceedings covering the same products.
  • Represented Mudanjiang Hengfeng Paper Co., Ltd in opposition proceedings brought by a Spanish and a German competitor regarding a patent covering fire-retardant cigarette paper and a manufacturing method for the same paper.
  • Successfully represented CA Inc. (bought by Broadcom) before the EPO, prosecuting two patents concerning the use of artificial intelligence machine learning to improve neural network models.

Potter Clarkson LLP opened a Copenhagen office in autumn 2018, reinforcing its geographical focus on Scandinavia, and offers a strong oppositions and appeals track record on top of a solid and growing drafting and filing practice, especially in the life sciences, electronics and engineering sectors. The group also demonstrates strength in high-stakes transactional work. Stephen Smith took over as managing partner from Colin Baker in 2019. Gareth Probert joined HGF Law. The firm's main patent hub in the UK is in Nottingham.

Practice head(s):Stephen Smith

Other key lawyers:Richard Bassett; Craig Brownlie; Ray Charig; Simon Curtis; Saiful Khan; Michael Pears; Stephanie Pilkington; Philip Thomas

Key Clients

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

AstraZeneca Ltd

Curt G Joa

Elanco

Imperial Innovations Ltd

Patentkontoret Curo AS (on behalf of Kjölaas Stansekniver AS)

Relypsa

Sanandco Limited

Sosei Heptares

Work highlights

  • Management of the bulk of Sosei Heptares' global patent portfolios, including prosecution of its revolutionary GPCR stabilisation platform, including the drafting and prosecution of multiple patent families and assistance with the commercialisation of the GPCR drug discovery platform technologies.
  • Represented Elanco in EPO opposition proceedings brought against four competitor patents covering a very successful animal vaccine and successfully securing the revocation of these patents.
  • Acted for SenzaGen in drafting and filing patent applications for patents forming seven patent families covering in vitro assays used for the identification of agents such as skin sensitizing agents in addition to conducting freedom to operate analyses and providing ongoing strategic IP advice.
  • Acted for Patentkontoret Curo AS (on behalf of Kjölaas Stansekniver AS) in successfully defending a patent covering the electrical stunning of fish against opposition proceedings brought by a third party, closely liaising with the instructing Norwegian patent attorneys and the Norwegian client to achieve maintenance of the patent with only minor amendments required.
  • Acted for Sanandco Limited in drafting and filing a family of patent applications covering devices for remote health monitoring and assisting with obtaining US patents to cover a product the client intends to commercialise, securing registered design rights and advising on assignment and licensing issues.

UDL Intellectual Property offers wide-ranging technical expertise and focuses on six key areas: food production and food safety; manufacturing; engineering, especially in the automotive sector; gaming and telecoms; and software, especially fintech and cybersecurity. With Leeds-based technology practice head Andrew Alton and Garry Stuttard  as the head of the chemicals practice, engineering practice head Simon Raynor in Milton Keynes and software practice head Cerian Jones in Cardiff, the group underlines its commitment to strong technical expertise across the board. The group also operates from its London and Newcastle offices. Karen Fraser joined the London office from Kilburn & Strode LLP, bolstering the group's computer software and hardware, media and telecoms practice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Alton; Gary Stuttard; Simon Raynor; Cerian Jones

Other key lawyers:Tom Baker; Simon Mitchell; Jonathan Morris; Terence Broderick

Testimonials

'Technical knowledge is excellent. Customer service is second to none. Feels like a personal service and that they care.'

'Very strong technical skills married with practical and tailored advice which allows us to make cost-effective and actionable decisions. Good understanding of our industry and our specific needs.'

'Jonathan Morris' technical knowledge is excellent. Customer service is second to none.'

Key Clients

Belron International Limited

Benchmark Holdings Plc

Cantor Colburn LLP

Carr’s Group

Collingwood Lighting Limited

Konica Minolta, Inc.

nChain Holdings Limited

Olympus Automation

Oxford University Innovation Ltd

Sheffield Hallam University

Work highlights

  • Acted for Q-Flo Limited in securing a UK product patent for a carbon nanotube (CNT) fibre with a conductivity ten-times greater than other CNT fibres.
  • Acted for Trio Healthcare Ltd in obtaining the grant of a patent covering a new silicone material used for post-ostomy care.
  • Managed a worldwide IP assignment project from a subsidiary to Belron International Limited, involving a large portfolio of patents and designs from over 80 countries.
  • Assisted Fish Vet Group Norge AS, a Benchmark Holdings plc company, in a successful EPO opposition against a diagnostics patent owned by The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and The National Veterinary Institute.
  • Successfully represented Niftylift Ltd in opposition proceedings brought against a competitor patent, obtaining amendments to the competitor's patent which eliminated its impact on the client's business.

Withers & Rogers offers a particularly deep bench specialising in electronics, computing and physics patents, but also impresses with its advanced engineering and life sciences and chemistry teams. Additionally, the practice demonstrates strength in design rights. Dave Croston in Leamington Spa, Nick Wallin in London and Richard Worthington in Bristol form the trio at the helm of the practice. In London, blockchain practice group head Philip Horler, chemistry specialist Greg Stepney, cell and gene therapy expert Justin Wilson and Diego Black, who specialises in computer-implemented inventions, made partner.

Practice head(s):Dave Croston; Nick Wallin; Richard Worthington

Other key lawyers:Russell Edson

Abel & Imray demonstrates particular strength in the aerospace, consumer products, electronics, petrochemicals and pharmaceutical sectors. The addition of senior attorney Julian Crump in Bath from Beresford Crump, as well as the recruitment of several significant more junior hires, demonstrate the firm's sustained growth in the market. Jim Pearson is the head of the aerospace and defence practice, Tom Burt directs the electronics and computing team, Jim Denness leads the industrial chemistry group and Paul Brady is at the helm of the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology practice. Richard Mair left to become the vice-president at The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. The firm's UK offices are in Bath, London and Cardiff.

Practice head(s):Jim Pearson; Tom Burt; Jim Denness; Paul Brady

Other key lawyers:Matthew Critten; Matthew Fletcher; James Ford; Neil Forsyth; Emily Teesdale; Tom Turner

Testimonials

'They have a friendly, yet very professional nature, which makes them very approachable and easy to work with. They are happy to undertake any task and never cease to impress with the quality of their work. Their technical knowledge never ceases to impress.'

'Abel & Imray's attorneys combine deep technical, business and legal experience and expertise. They are efficient and deliver a top-notch work product. And they are personable and a pleasure to work with.'

'In-depth scientific knowledge combined with detailed knowledge of the working practices and subtleties of the various patent offices. Particularly good at extending advice rather than just facts.'

Key Clients

Acumen Design Associates

Airbus

B&W

CooperVision

Honeywell

Norgine

Panasonic (UK)

Saipem

Sensata Technologies

United Biscuits

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nanogenics Solutions with the development of its patent portfolio covering gene transfection technologies, chief among which was the LipTide range of transfection particles which were sold to Scottish biotechnology player Ryboquin in summer 2018.
  • Acted for Sun Chemical in successfully obtaining revocation of a competitor patent before the EPO, leading a four-party opponent group and enabling the client to operate in a key market without the need for a licence.
  • Obtained a key patent for Avon, covering products in the client's commercially significant Infinite Effects anti-aging range.
  • Assisted Rheon Labs with prosecuting the patents for seven generations of its energy absorbing systems, used in a wide range of sectors, including the healthcare, defence and sports sectors.
  • Created and implemented a strategy for an international client regarding the use of the UKIPO opinions service as a cost-effective tool in crafting patent applications.

Appleyard Lees is especially active for clients from the life sciences, chemical, electronics, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. With a five-office presence in the UK, the group is one of the largest in the market and offers the full range of trade mark prosecution services, ranging from the drafting and filing of applications to the development of filing strategies and the representation of clients in contentious proceedings. Joanne King is the group's managing director, with biochemistry expert Simon Bradbury, medical device and healthcare specialist Bobby Smithson and software expert Ian Robinson as the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):Joanne King

Key Clients

Aberystwyth University

Avecto Limited

BenevolentAI Limited

British Steel

Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.

DName-iT NV

Mouldpro ApS

PPG Coatings Inc

VMware, Inc. and Nicira, Inc.

Wal-Mart Inc (ASDA)

Work highlights

  • Represented PPG Coatings Inc in EPO opposition proceedings against BASF and Evonik regarding a patent covering coating technology for food and beverage cans, successfully maintaining the patent for the client.
  • Appointed to manage Smith & Nephew's European patent portfolio and represented the client in an EPO appeal hearing against KCI Licensing Inc. regarding a patent covering negative pressure wound therapy, obtaining revocation of the patent in its entirety.
  • Advising VMware, Inc. and Nicira, Inc. on the budgeting and financial management of the client's foreign patent portfolio, advising on the client's foreign non-US patent prosecution matters and providing support regarding the prosecution of US patent applications.
  • Assisted Avecto Limited with the management of its IP portfolio, including building its invention pipeline, and liaising with the client's chief technology officer and key inventors for the prosecution of patents in the UK and the US.

Beck Greener LLP shoulders an especially heavy caseload for pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences clients, but is also very experienced in the prosecution of patents from the engineering, manufacturing, technology and telecoms sectors.  Physics and electronics expert Avi Freeman heads the practice, which includes newly promoted partner and chemistry specialist Catherine Jewell.

Practice head(s):Avi Freeman

Other key lawyers:Anna Hatt; Catherine Jewell; Jonathan Markham; Ben Muir; John Raynor; James Stones

Testimonials

'A very solid patent and trade mark attorney firm. Very reliable and with a good grasp of detail.'

'Avi Freeman is both highly competent and professional, an excellent communicator, and, better yet, is extremely commercially aware.'

'The Beck Greener team understand our needs and work hard to build a collaborative relationship with our team - essentially it's like having an extension of your department function that handles IP enquiries.'

'Strong knowledge of their client's technologies, as well as a firm grasp on EPO practice and procedure. The team is particularly skilled in opposition practice and has achieved excellent results for our company.'

'In a sentence, this firm has top-notch legal skills with a willingness to use them. They take the time to ask questions and understand our business interests in the technology and then offer suggestions as to how to respond in a manner to maximise our interests. As a group, their technical expertise is outstanding; all of the people with whom I've worked at this firm have had no trouble in picking up on the technology and the sometimes subtle differences between references.'

Key Clients

11 Health & Technology

Bruker Daltonik

Intract Pharma

Tillotts Pharma AG

Work highlights

  • Advised FabRx Limited, a spin-off of University College London School of Pharmacy,  on the development of its patent portfolio regarding 3D-printing of pharmaceuticals, including global patent coverage for several inventions  used to produce oral pharmaceutical dosage forms.
  • Assisted Tillotts Pharma with the establishment of a patent portfolio of a drug delivery technology covering more than 80 countries worldwide in addition to successfully defending a key European patent in EPO opposition proceedings regarding a delayed release coating with improved colon-targeting function.
  • Assisted Surface Measurement Systems Limited with the development of its patent filing strategy, including the drafting and filing of several patent applications aimed at covering the client's inventions for the analysis of surface properties of various materials.
  • Assisted Bruker Daltonik GmbH with the prosecution of patents covering its chemical and biological mass spectroscopy and magnetic resonance spectroscopy analysis systems in addition to advising the client on contentious issues.
  • Advised K-Kaps International Ltd on the building of its patent portfolio aimed at protecting a technology used for damp-protection in concrete building products and methods in addition to advising the client on its trade mark portfolio and several distribution agreements.

Cleveland Scott York is experienced in UK and European patent prosecution alike and unites a strong drafting and filing offering with a powerful oppositions and appeals practice.  The group's track record of working with spin-offs from prestigious academic institutions, including international ones such as the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm and several Czech academic institutions, is another standout feature. Medical device and pharmaceutical specialist Adrian Bradley is a key contact. In addition to the offices in London, Reading and Hertfordshire, the practice also has an office in Brussels.

Other key lawyers:Fraser Brown; Tom Faulkner; Andrew Mackenzie; Jonathan Midgley

Testimonials

'Professional, knowledgeable and honest in their assessment of your IP needs. Helpful and will go the extra mile.'

'Deep knowledge of patents and trade marks coupled with a user-friendly commercial approach.'

Key Clients

Asset International Inc

Dylos

Faulks & Co Ltd

Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Prague

JT Consulting

Lamello AG

Lucilia

Work highlights

  • Conducted the due diligence for Zhejiang Silk Road Fund/Zhejiang United Investment Group, China of a patent portfolio in Europe's largest-ever fundraising round in the medical device sector, the $100m series B funding for CMR Surgical.
  • Advising Lucilia, a spin-off of Swansea University, on the patent protection of various technologies used to design new antibiotics.
  • Secured patent protection for JT Consulting for a software-implemented technology which enables plumbers to train using a simulator.
  • Advised Dylos on a self-filed patent application aimed at protecting a simplified particle counter technology, including representation at the EPO in an oral hearing.
  • Advised Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Prague, on the implementation of an IP strategy to enhance the commercial value of the client's innovations in addition to assisting with the setting up of the Universities Venture Fund, a technology transfer initiative.

Dentons continues to attract prestigious clients which it regularly advises on the management and development of their European patent portfolios. The technology and medical device sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, but the group also regularly acts for automotive, semiconductor, life sciences and manufacturing clients. Given the firm's global footprint, the team boasts a strong track record of highly international cases. Clients also profit from the firm's patent litigation offering. Justin Hill is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):Justin Hill

Testimonials

'Excellent patent expertise in London as well as great international connectivity with good quality lawyers of all types to allow efficient transfer of other legal work types needing international expertise.'

Key Clients

ARM

Dexcom

Hasbro

LG

Nokia

Raytheon

Starkey Labs

Tesla

Virgin

Work highlights

  • Management of the Raytheon's European patent portfolio, consisting of several cutting-edge technologies, including radar, communications, materials and aerospace inventions.
  • Represented Dexcom in several EPO opposition proceedings.
  • Assisted Tesla with the prosecution of patents and registered design rights.
  • Assisted Starkey Labs with the prosecution of a large strategic patent portfolio, including advice on the optimisation of global patent filing strategies, in addition to representing the client in multiple opposition proceedings against competitors.
  • Advised Positec Power Tools on the strategic positioning of global patent portfolios in relation to competitor portfolios covering power tools and robotic lawn mowers.

Forresters demonstrates strength in the life sciences, chemistry, and technology and engineering sectors. The group fields a busy oppositions and appeals caseload, with instructions regularly involving clients of US law firms, but is also very active in application drafting and filing and conducting due diligences. In addition to its UK patent hubs in Southampton, where managing partner Lloyd Hoarton is based, London and Birmingham, the group also has a long-established office in Munich.

Practice head(s):Lloyd Hoarton

Other key lawyers:Chris Bond; James Farrow; Jon Gowshall; Andy Harding; Nick Palmer; Dan Rusby-Gale

Testimonials

'Outstanding chemical patent prosecution and opposition practice at the EPO.'

'Excellent service and understanding of clients' needs.'

'This practice is the most welcoming, passionate and honest place we have ever had the pleasure to do business with.'

'They are very responsive and detail-oriented. They have a strong customer-focused approach and are keen to deliver good price value. They are creative and thoughtful in developing skilled approaches to handling European prosecution. And, further, they have pleasant personalities and are enjoyable to work with.'

'Forresters is exceptionally responsive and provides proactive advice on EPO filings and prosecution to maximise claim coverage.'

'Nick Palmer is an excellent practitioner. He has excellent communication, intellectual rigour and a commitment to the underlying commercial objectives that the patent work underpins.'

'Andy Harding in particular is quick at understanding new concepts and how to look at all the defence strategies required to offer comprehensive IP protection.'

Key Clients

Waters Technologies Corporation

Work highlights

  • Successfully appealed a patent revocation for Institute for Environmental Health, Inc before the opposition division, securing protection for the food contamination testing patent.
  • Successfully secured the grant of a patent for TF Hudgins covering an industrial machinery invention.
  • Successfully prosecuted a European patent for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP client Sunrise R&D Holdings, LLC through to grant after the EPO examining division had raised significant objections.
  • Prepared and secured patents for Sibelco UK Ltd for commercially significant products in Europe, Japan and the US in addition to evaluating the patent portfolios of potential target companies.
  • Obtained the grant of a European patent for Timeplay Inc after an initially negative opinion of the examining division regarding the patentability of a gaming invention.

Greaves Brewster LLP excels in opposition and appeals proceedings, often before the EPO, with a focus on life sciences, chemistry, materials, technology and engineering patents. The strategic management of large patent portfolios and guidance through complex due diligences are other key specialisms. In mid-2018 the group opened a Bristol office in addition to its offices in Cheddar, London and Cardiff. Rhiannon Turner, Rachel Wallis and Jakob Bumke are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):Rhiannon Turner; Rachel Wallis; Jakob Bumke

Other key lawyers:Freija Glansdorp; David Spinner

Testimonials

'Greaves Brewster has a deep bench of highly skilled and technically proficient patent attorneys.'

'Rhiannon Turner is really good at strategy and EPO procedure, listens well and is able to provide practical and timely advice. David Spinner is technically very sound and great at prosecution.'

'Freija Glansdorp is a pleasure to work with. She is highly responsive, communicates clearly, and has exceptional technical expertise.'

Key Clients

Animal & Plant Health Agency

Atlantic Therapeutics

Bereskin & Parr

Mars

MilliporeSigma

Olin Corporation

Polsinelli PC

The University of Bristol

Work highlights

  • Prosecuted several European patent applications for MilliporeSigma covering CRISPR technology, involving closely liaising with the client's US prosecution counsel .
  • Assisted Cytoseek with the drafting and filing of follow-on patent applications covering a rational design method for synthetic artificial membrane proteins after the client successfully spun out of The University of Bristol.
  • Assisted Icescape Ltd in its infringement case against a major competitor by identifying invalidating prior art, requiring close cooperation with the client's solicitors.
  • Successfully prosecuted patents for P2i Ltd covering a new generation of liquid-repellent nano coatings in addition to advising the client on the strategic realignment of the patent portfolio to continue to fit the client's business.
  • Successful prosecution of several patents for Entegris, Inc covering products and systems used for the handling of materials used in the semiconductor industry after consolidating the client's entire European patent portfolio in 2017.

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP was created through the merger of Haseltine Lake LLP with boutique IP law firm Kempner & Partners in May 2019. The practice has since been able to assist with transactional work and litigation in addition to having expertise in patent prosecution for electronics, engineering, life sciences and energy clients. Key practitioners include Andrew Dowling, Ashley Giles and Frances Wilding in London and David Brown in Bristol. Joseph Lenthall joined the Bristol office from Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Other key lawyers:David Brown; Andrew Dowling; Ashley Giles; Frances Wilding

Keltie was especially active in the engineering, medical device and telecoms sectors, but also demonstrates strength across a wide range of other sectors, including the energy, life sciences and automotive sectors. The team offers extensive experience in working with university spin-outs. With the opening of its Cambridge office in early 2018 the group increased its domestic footprint to three offices, while also succeeding in further growing its Galway-led Irish practice. The partner promotions of the London-based Philip Baker, whose key specialisms include automotive engineering, and Laura Kehoe, a biochemistry expert, and the arrival of director Gemma Christie from The Linde Group further demonstrate the practice's success.

Other key lawyers:Shakeel Ahmad; Philip Baker; Judith Caldwell; Devanand Crease; Sullivan Fountain; Joanne Hopley; Laura Kehoe; Richard Lawrence; Michael Moore; Peter Kent; Mark Richardson;

Testimonials

'Keltie is an outstanding organisation. The partners and associates are excellent. Communication is outstanding and progress with our patent portfolio has been excellent, with suggested changes allowing our patent portfolio to grow considerably.'

'Devanand Crease is exceptional. His grasp of our IP has been excellent, his advice and support second to none. Honesty, integrity and a set of human values make working with him a joy.'

Key Clients

Celyad SA

Certicom

CNH Industrial

Dreamworks

Delphi Technologies

Exponent Private Equity

Synthace Limited

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented CNH Industrial in several opposition proceedings in addition to drafting and prosecuting a significant number of patent applications and advising on licensing and design rights issues.
  • Advised Dreamworks on a significant portion of its European patent portfolio covering complex image manipulation techniques.
  • Acted for Delphi Technologies (Delphi France SAS) in drafting multiple patent applications covering diesel fuel injection systems and gasoline-related technology and liaising with the client's offices in the UK, France, China and Luxembourg; advised on patent prosecution strategy development; and provided in-house training sessions regarding international patent prosecution peculiarities.
  • Acted for Vestas Wind Systems in drafting a high number of patent applications covering wind turbine technology in addition to representing the client as patentee and opponent in EPO opposition and appeals proceedings.
  • Conducted an extensive due diligence for Exponent Private Equity in the context of the client's proposed multimillion-pound investment into Bullitt Group, including a complete review of the licensing space for standard-related telecoms for handset manufacturers.

Murgitroyd expanded its domestic footprint with the acquisition of IP boutique Chapman IP in Southampton and Cardiff, but continues to stand out through its international presence with offices in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Finland and Switzerland, in addition to client service offices in the US and a patent searching facility in Nicaragua. The group offers three patent groups: mechanical, life sciences and chemistry, and high-tech and software, with the Aberdeen-based James D Brown, the Glasgow-based Russell Thom and the Milan-based Guido Zerbi as the respective practice heads. The oil and gas and pharmaceutical sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, including supplementary protection certificates, designs, utility models, and oppositions and appeal proceedings. Steven Suer joined in Aberdeen from Graham Watt & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):James D Brown; Russel Thom; Guido Zerbi

Other key lawyers:Jamie Allan; Wendy Crosby; Niall Hendry; Michael Marchant; Graham Murnane; Steven Suèr

Testimonials

'They are a team-driven, dynamic, flexible firm that has grown very quickly, and continues to succeed because they are an organisation that can rise to any challenge. Everyone at Murgitroyd is smart, energetic, and fun to work with. Professional, passionate and love what they do, and it shows in the strong relationships they build with their customers.'

'Both Wendy Crosby and Steven Suer are knowledgeable, friendly and extremely professional but also responsive, creative and flexible.'

Key Clients

Bowman Power Group

Elixair International

Freedom Scientific

J.M Huber Corporation

California Institute of Technology

Saint-Gobain Gyproc

Scot Young Research

Spectrum Collections

TCS John Huxley Europe

Wessex International Machinery

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on a settlement in the context of US patent infringement litigation.
  • Conducted patent analysis for the client, a transport provider, regarding a potential infringement of a competitor patent by one of the client's patents.
  • Advised a client on the prosecution of a US patent after an office action from a USPTO examiner refusing to accept previous submissions.
  • Successfully prosecuted a patent of a large US corporate through to grant before the EPO.
  • Acted for a well-known oil and gas client to disrupt progress of a competitor patent by preparing relevant third-party observations.

Slingsby Partners LLP focuses on engineering, electronics and physical sciences patents and acts predominantly for domestic and European clients, often from the automotive and aerospace sectors. Philip Slingsby directs the practice. Tony Smee joined as director from AMS IP, reinforcing the group's mechanical and electrical bench.

Practice head(s):Philip Slingsby

Other key lawyers:Rosalind Fenwick; David King; Paul Roberts

Key Clients

Imagination Technologies Limited

Huawei

IDEX ASA

Libertine FPE Limited

Fish & Richardson PC

Sensiia Ltd

Sirius Minerals PLC

Dolphitech AS

Ranplan Wireless Network Design Ltd

Argon Design Ltd

Work highlights

  • Drafted patent applications for Imagination Technologies Limited covering a new line of neural network accelerator chips.
  • Advised Huawei on the management of the prosecution of significant patent applications coming from the client's research facilities across Europe, including standards-related patent application drafts.
  • Advised IDEX ASA on the management of the client's patent application portfolio and patent application drafting covering a broad spread of technologies, as well as a successful representation of the client as an opponent in EPO proceedings launched against a competitor patent protecting a fingerprint sensor in a smart card
  • Advised Libertine FPE Limited on the management of the client's entire patent portfolio, including drafting and prosecuting new patent applications covering the client's linear power generators, originally to attract funding for the former start-up, but since used in licensing agreements.

Swindell & Pearson Ltd regularly prosecutes cutting-edge patents, including patents protecting 5G technology, innovations regarding the internet of things, blockchain patents, and patents protecting technology in autonomous vehicles. The lion's share of the recent caseload consisted of instructions from technology and automotive clients. In a testament to the group's experience in working with academic institutions, the practice was appointed to the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium. Paul Higgin in Derby directs the practice, but the group also has offices in Sheffield, Stafford, Stoke and Wolverhampton. Noel Sanders joined the Derby office as patent adviser after a longstanding career as an engineer at Rolls-Royce. Robert Sales retired.

Practice head(s):Paul Higgin

Other key lawyers:Scott Harrison; Martin Terry; Ian Whiley

Testimonials

'Paul Higgin is a fantastic patent attorney. He is simply beyond thorough.'

'Scott Harrison is very competent, efficient, punctual and a good communicator in interpreting complex patent law. His quick understanding of technical information and the nuance of interpretation is excellent. He is very approachable and endlessly patient in answering questions.'

Wilson Gunn demonstrates particular strength in the automotive and education sectors, but also fields a busy caseload in the construction, food, healthcare, packaging and consumer goods sectors. The Manchester-based Mark Goodwin is the head of the practice. The firm also has offices in Birmingham, Chesterfield and London.

Practice head(s):Mark Goodwin

Other key lawyers:Ben Appleton; Michael Douglas; Mark Jolly; Marc Lewis; James Robey

Testimonials

'Highly experienced across all the key scientific disciplines and major sectors. Fantastic client service delivery.'

'Mark Goodwin is extremely commercial and very personable.'

'James Robey is an out-of-the box thinker and problem solver - he has a real IP brain and always adds significant value to the cases on which I am working with him.'

Key Clients

Bentley Motors

Biocomposites

Clear Edge Group

Coats Group plc

Hubbell

LPW Technology

Mondelez International

PZ Cussons

Tangle Teezer

Videregen

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bentley Motors with the prosecution of design rights for its GT3 race car.
  • Advised PZ Cussons on the expansion of its personal care product patent portfolio, including filing patent applications for three inventions in 11 countries each.
  • Successfully represented Mondelez International in multiple EPO hearings.
  • Appointed to the panel of patent attorneys working for University of Nottingham, with recent instructions including advice on the patentability of inventions and the filing of the corresponding applications in addition to drafting patent applications.
  • Advised Tangle Teezer on the development of the client's global IP portfolio, including advice on new technologies and assistance with the protection of the client's key product, the Tangle Teezer.

Adamson Jones IP Ltd boasts a particularly strong track record in the electronics, life sciences and engineering sectors. The firm's main hub is in Nottingham, but the group also assists clients from its offices in Leicester and London. Simon Cooper is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Simon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Ferrar

Lewis Silkin incorporating Abblet & Stebbing is experienced in technology-, engineering- and life sciences-related patent prosecution. Name partner Graham Ablett, Tom Gaunt and Paul Williams are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):Tom Gaunt; Paul Williams

Other key lawyers:Graham Ablett

WP Thompson specialises in IT and engineering patents, including electronics engineering, but also demonstrates strength in biotechnology- and chemistry-related instructions. The group has offices in London and Liverpool and includes David Gill, Julian Potter, who is also a Higher Courts litigator, and Alistair McKinnon. Jackie Freeman retired.

Other key lawyers:David Gill; Julian Potter; Alistair McKinnon

Key Clients

Cranfield University

Lakeland Limited

Mast Group Limited

NXP Semiconductors Austria GmbH

Portable Multimedia Ltd

Rentokil Initial Ltd.

Sports Wellbeing & Analysis Ltd

University of Liverpool

Vernacare Limited

Work highlights

  • Successful negotiation of oral proceedings before the EPO examining division on behalf of a market-leading client active in the field of GPS data processing and position monitoring and tracking.
  • Successful negotiation of oral proceedings before the EPO examining division on behalf of an American multinational cybersecurity company for its technology relating to advanced firewalls, including cloud-based solutions.
  • Portfolio management, and application filing and prosecution, in relation to a major multinational conglomerate specialising in the e-commerce, retail, internet and AI technology fields.

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