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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

SALISBURY SQUARE HOUSE, 8 SALISBURY SQUARE, LONDON, EC4Y 8AP, ENGLAND
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Cambridge, London, Madrid, Munich, Munich, Oxford and 1 more

Boult Wade Tennant LLP is a specialist patent and trade mark firm. It exists to help individuals and businesses protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property rights on a global scale. The firm continues to be internationally recognised as one of the leading UK firms of chartered patent attorneys, chartered trade mark attorneys and European patent and trade mark attorneys. Boult Wade Tennant achieves top rankings in The Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, Chambers and Partners, World Trade Mark Review 1000 and Intellectual Asset Management 1000 consistently.

The firm: Boult Wade Tennant is a forward-thinking, dynamic and innovative firm that is considered by its peers and clients as being at the forefront of its practice areas. The firm looks after the multi-jurisdictional IP issues of major industrial and commercial companies worldwide, as well as portfolio management for a wide range of small and medium-sized enterprises, academic institutions, and independent research and development organisations. The firm is known internationally for its quality of communication, proactivity, creativity and high standards in all matters. The attorneys have broad-based technical knowledge and well-developed commercial acumen, and are creative in their approach.

Established in 1894, Boult Wade Tennant has a long track record of helping to protect and commercialise innovations and brands, and is dedicated to providing excellent client service. The world-renowned patent and trade mark teams comprise attorneys who are recognised leaders of their fields and who employ ambitious and innovative strategies to maximise the value of IP.

The firm has four patent groups which are divided by technologies: biotechnology and life sciences; chemical and materials; engineering and designs; and hi-tech and electrical. The fifth group is the trade mark and domain names group. The firm also has a range of professional in-house support functions, including a sizeable renewals department and a search department.

Additionally, the attorneys play an important role in shaping UK, European and international IP law through their active participation in bodies such as: The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA); Institute of Professional Representatives; International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); International Trade Mark Association (INTA); UNION of European Patent Practitioners; and many others. It is membership and participation in these bodies that demonstrates the firm's thought leadership credentials.

Boult Wade Tennant offers a voluntary vacation scheme and provides a structured internal training programme for trainees. The firm has an excellent track record in the qualification rates among its trainees in the CIPA, EPO and CITMA professional exams.

Types of work undertaken: The firm's quality provision of services to clients is at the core of its working culture. Boult Wade Tennant prides itself on the strong relationships it develops with long-term clients and much of its work comes through recommendation.

Boult Wade Tennant's market-leading patent groups provide expert industry advice, technical expertise and subject knowledge, to help protect and enforce IP rights in markets across the world. The firm has handled several hundred European Patent Office oppositions and appeals with a high success rate. All technical groups have extensive experience in drafting original patent specifications, evaluations of rights, IP portfolio management, handling oppositions, advising on infringement and enforcement matters. Boult Wade Tennant also offers a range of additional services, including providing freedom to operate opinions, carrying out IP due diligence exercises, recording assignments and licences worldwide, managing the transfer of large incoming portfolios, patent searching services, competitor watching services, in-house renewals and translation services.

The highly regarded trade mark group assists in the selection, protection, management and enforcement of trade marks and in domain name disputes, and advises on copyright and other IP issues for high-profile brands, most notably in the retail, food and drinks, events, finance, travel, telecommunication, sports merchandising, media, heritage and theatre sectors. The group is among those filing the most community trade marks in Europe and has amassed much experience before the UK Registry and internationally at the European Union Trade Marks Office (EUIPO) in overcoming objections, successfully prosecuting and defending oppositions, and prosecuting appeals. It also continually handles opposition, invalidity and revocation proceedings before the UKIPO, and has expertise in rebranding programmes and in providing litigation support in High Court and EU-level litigation to long-term clients of the firm.

Other offices: Reading, Oxford, Cambridge, Munich

  • Number of partners: 34
  • Number of other fee-earners: 52
  • Total staff: 182
  • Breakdown of work %
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  • Hi-tech and electrical : 31
  • Engineering and designs : 17
  • Biotechnology and life sciences : 13
  • Chemical and materials: 14
  • Trade mark and domain name : 25

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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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