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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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Cambridge, London, Madrid, Munich, Munich, Oxford and 1 more

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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.


Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.

Beckman Coulter


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.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Boult Wade Tennant LLP

Since early 2019 Boult Wade Tennant LLP has boasted a new office in Berlin to complement the existing continental European offices in Munich and Spain and its four-office strong presence in the UK, with London as the main trade mark hub. The group's caseload is correspondingly multi-jurisdictional, with a high percentage of major international players from a large variety of sectors among the clients. The practice offers strength in both portfolio management and strategic trade mark development and in oppositions and appeal cases, including in-depth experience in co-operating with solicitors for high-stakes infringement cases. Practice head John Wallace is based in London.

Practice head(s):John Wallace

Other key lawyers:Emma Pitcher; Tony Pluckrose; Catherine Wolfe

Key Clients

Bauer Media Group

Fastpay Associates

Hotelbeds Group

H. Huntsman & Sons Ltd

John Guest International


Liberty London

Lloyd's of London

Sony Corporation


Work highlights

  • Represented Azumi Limited, a worldwide operator of high-end Japanese restaurants, in a complex trade mark dispute involving an appeal against a decision by an IPEC recorder.
  • Successfully acted for Unlimited Perspective SA in opposing the registration of a UK trade mark filed by a Swiss company.
  • Successfully acted for Vodafone in obtaining take-down of a trade mark-infringing signboard used by Vodafono Co. Mobiles & Accessories through filing an administrative complaint before the Kuwaiti municipality.
  • Successfully represented Scooters India Limited before the UKIPO and the EUIPO as well as in a General Court trade mark dispute opposite Brandconcern BV regarding the trade mark LAMBRETTA.
  • Management of Hotelbeds Group's IP portfolio, including oppositions and appeals work; assisting with the set-up of filing programmes for new brands; and advising on multi-jurisdictional trade mark issues, often through co-operation between the firm's British and Spanish offices.

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  • Boult Wade Tennant ranked top tier for Trade Mark in MIP‚Äôs IP Stars Handbook

    We are delighted to announce that Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has ranked our trade mark practice in the top tier of its 2016 annual survey. MIP’s IP Stars rankings are based on extensive research among thousands of intellectual property practitioners from around the globe, creating one of the most comprehensive and authoritative surveys of the IP legal market. It covers 80 countries and identifies the best patent, trade mark and copyright firms and practitioners in the world.
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