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Venner Shipley LLP

LOWRY HOUSE, 17 MARBLE STREET, MANCHESTER, M2 3AW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 661 4582
Cambridge, Guildford, London, Manchester, Munich

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Cambridge

Venner Shipley is a leading firm providing intellectual property advice covering all aspects of patents, trade marks, designs, dispute resolution and intellectual property-related legal services offering a complete service to our client base.

The firm:

With offices in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Manchester and Munich, we are a modern forward-thinking firm representing a broad range of clients ranging from major domestic and international corporations, SMEs, high growth start-ups, universities and research institutions as well as individual inventors.

As a firm we focus on relationships promoting a creative culture and attitude that embraces new ways of working. We think differently and strive to apply an innovative approach and creativity to everything we do. We believe that integrating our team with that of our clients brings its own rewards for both us and the client and retaining this level of agility gives us and our clients a competitive advantage.

We work at the very forefront of technology and our current portfolio has seen us provide pioneering advice on autonomous (driverless) vehicles, genome editing techniques (including CRISPR), battery technology for electric and driverless cars, the Internet of Things, cyber-security, gene therapy inventions, next generation 5G telecommunications, as well as augmented and virtual reality.

This means that our multi-disciplinary team is dealing with a hugely diverse and constantly evolving range of intellectual property issues with specialist teams in chemistry, biotechnology, materials and software, as well as all flavours of engineering, from heavy mechanical to electronics. In addition, we are heavily involved in artificial intelligence and machine learning acting for some of the major players in the area.

Our trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers are integral to the full service we are providing to clients to advise not just on UK and EU IP rights, but also on global portfolio management and enforcement. Our lawyers are also being recognised for their expertise in government relations (with a particular focus on Brexit), data protection and wider intellectual property advice and litigation services and are regularly engaged on international matters.

Types of work undertaken:

Patents: our market leading patent attorneys advise on all aspects of patents, from obtaining patent protection, through advising on potential patent infringement, challenging third parties’ patent rights and defending clients’ rights against such challenges. We also prepare licence agreements and assignments, due diligence reports and carries out infringement clearance searches before the launch of new products. We have extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as in patent litigation in the UK and overseas. Our team includes advocates with experience before the EPO, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and UK courts, including at the appellate level of the Supreme Court and the specialist Enterprise Court, as well as courts in North America.

Trade marks: we provide assistance in the registration procedure all over the world and deal with contentious proceedings before the trade mark registries and courts. We also advise on licensing, assignment and settlement negotiations and on the exploitation and acquisition of trade marks, as well as attending post-registration recordal procedures. Our attorneys prepare due diligence reports, provide watching services and work with customs and trading standards offices on criminal trade mark issues. We also advise on both trade mark infringement and passing off, and handles pre-litigation correspondence for potential claimants and defendants. Our attorneys practise before the European Intellectual Property Office, the UKIPO and at the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Designs and copyrights: we regularly file and prosecute applications for registered designs. We also advise on unregistered design rights and copyright, rights that are relevant to all manner of products and that do not need to be applied for. Our specialist team provides advice on the potential infringement of registered or unregistered design rights and/or copyright by its clients or by third parties. Our European design attorneys practise before EUIPO in connection with registered community designs. Our attorneys also act before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). We also work with a network of international experts to obtain design protection worldwide.

Legal services: over the recent years, we have also developed a successful IP dispute resolution practice and our contentious team has taken on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. We are skilled at all types of dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, opposition and litigation. We also offer strategy advice and a particular focus is IP policy and regulatory matters (including customs issues, nutrition, food and health). In addition, the team provides corporate support by way of due diligence relating to the sale of businesses and the licensing of the IP, and negotiating and drafting multinational licensing and cross-licensing arrangements, as well as co-existence agreements. James Tumbridge has unparalleled experience of government relations and provides policy and strategy advice for blue-chip and international clients as well as a robust, varied client base including technology companies, FMCG companies and government bodies. Our team has also added a leading data protection practice.

  • Number of partners : 26
  • Number of other fee earners : 51
  • Breakdown of work %
  • 

  • Electronics and engineering : 40
  • Chemical and life sciences : 30
  • Trade marks : 10
  • Designs and copyright: 5
  • Contentious: 15




  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

London

Venner Shipley is a leading firm of European intellectual property attorneys representing a broad range of clients, including major domestic and international corporations, SMEs, universities and individual inventors.

The firm: It is a leading firm providing intellectual property advice covering all aspects of patents, trade marks, designs, dispute resolution and intellectual property-related legal services. It is a modern forward-thinking firm with a long history of working with a broad range of clients from individual inventors to major corporations.

The firm’s approach with clients is to build long-term relationships. It works in a flexible and responsive manner to ensure that clients get what they need in the most efficient and effective way possible; it adapts to the needs of individual clients and often acts as an extension of their in-house counsel.

The firm has a distinctive personality that fosters creativity, encourages team work and which makes its attorneys, lawyers and services stand out from the crowd.

Types of work undertaken:Patents: Venner Shipley has over 60 years of experience offering companies and individuals comprehensive advice and services relating to all aspects of patents, from obtaining patent protection, through advising on potential patent infringement, challenging third parties’ patent rights and defending clients’ rights against such challenges. It also prepares licence agreements and assignments, due diligence reports and carries out infringement clearance searches before the launch of new products. The firm has extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as in patent litigation in the UK and overseas. The team includes advocates with experience before the EPO, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and UK courts, including at the appellate level of the Supreme Court and the specialist Enterprise Court, as well as courts in North America and British Overseas Territories.

Trade marks: the firm provides assistance in the registration procedure all over the world and deals with contentious proceedings before the trade mark registries and courts. It deals with licensing, assignment and settlement negotiations and advises on the exploitation and acquisition of trade marks, as well as attending to post-registration recordal procedures. Its attorneys prepare due diligence reports, provide watching services and work with customs and trading standards offices on criminal trade mark issues. It also advises on both trade mark infringement and passing off, and handles pre-litigation correspondence for potential claimants and defendants. Venner Shipley’s attorneys practise before the European Intellectual Property Office, the UKIPO and at the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Its trade marks team advises on and handles actions relating to company names before the Company Names Tribunal. It also provides advice and services relating to trade marks all over the world through its international network of trade mark experts.

Designs and copyrights: the firm’s attorneys regularly file and prosecute applications for registered designs. It also advises on unregistered design rights and copyright, rights that are relevant to all manner of products and that do not need to be applied for. The specialist team also provides advice on the potential infringement of registered or unregistered design rights and/or copyright by its clients or by third parties. Its European design attorneys practise before EUIPO in connection with registered community designs. The attorneys also act before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). It also works with a network of international experts to obtain design protection worldwide.

Legal services: the legal services team has leading experts in dispute resolution, in the UK as well as multi-jurisdictional disputes. It offers strategy advice and a particular focus is IP policy and regulatory matters (including customs issues, nutrition, food and health). In addition, the team provides corporate support by way of due diligence relating to the sale of businesses and the licensing of the IP, and negotiating and drafting multinational licensing and cross-licensing arrangements, as well as co-existence agreements. James Tumbridge has unparalleled experience of government relations and provides policy and strategy advice for blue-chip and international clients. The team has a robust, varied client base including technology companies, FMCG companies and government bodies. The team has also added a leading data protection practice.

Other offices: Munich

  • Number of UK partners: 22
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 43
  • Breakdown of work %
  • 

  • Electronics and engineering: 40
  • Chemical and life sciences: 30
  • Trade marks: 10
  • Designs and copyright: 10
  • Contentious: 10





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