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PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 3


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


'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.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3


Forresters fields a particularly busy EU trade mark application practice and is among the UK players with the longest-established offices in Germany. The team excels in contentious and non-contentious instructions alike, including the conduct of clearance searches and the development of filing strategies, the implementation of enforcement strategies and representation in settlement negotiations, often in the context of trade mark registry disputes. The London-based Steven Wake directs the practice. Birmingham's Janette Hamer made partner.

Practice head(s):Steven Wake

Other key lawyers:Janette Hamer; Matthew Shaw


'Their response time is excellent, be it by email or phone. Their advice is always considered and practical.'

'They offer practical and commercial advice whilst making you feel valued as a client. They deal with problems in a timely manner offering a plan a, b and c and then ensuring the plan is followed through to the end.'

'Forresters offers excellent services. Prompt and precise replies, availability and proactivity. Excellent expertise both in trade marks and patents.'

'Matthew Shaw is excellent - technically proficient and commercial.'

'Steven Wake deals with problems in a meticulous and thoughtful way, offering several different suggestions.'

Key Clients

Brabham Branding Limited

Waters Technologies Corporation

Work highlights

  • On behalf of Leon Paul Equipment Company Limited, successfully secured the assignment of four Chinese trade mark applications which had been filed in bad faith by one of the client's distributors, thereby protecting the client's brand and leaving the business relationship with the distributor intact.
  • Advised Tails Limited on its partnership agreement and various distribution agreements with a multinational beverage manufacturer and distributor.
  • Assisted Horiba Mira Limited with the clearance and prosecution of several trade marks aimed at protecting its defence equipment. Represented the client in multiple opposition proceedings and settlement negotiations with third parties.
  • Advised iCandi Apps Limited on the strategy for obtaining overseas trade mark protection for its popular Night Sky app and assisted the client with the enforcement of the already registered Night Sky trade marks.
  • On behalf of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited, secured the partial revocation of a third party's EU trade mark application, involving two appeals to the General Court.

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