Wilson Gunn is a prominent national intellectual property firm with offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Chesterfield, Liverpool and London. Its attorneys provide strategic advice across all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright.
The firm: With roots going back to 1864 in Manchester, Wilson Gunn is one of the oldest firms of patent and trade mark attorneys in the country. It has since grown into a national firm with a strong reputation for quality.
The practice serves a wide range of clients, from hi-tech start-ups and SMEs to major multinational corporations, and is active across all technical disciplines. The firm has always had a high proportion of direct clients, both UK and overseas, and has a proven track record of showing businesses how to get the most out of their intellectual property. Recognised for its efficient and cost-effective service, the firm places great emphasis on client care to deliver outstanding service levels. Its technical expertise and commercial approach are combined with a user-friendly, approachable style.
Types of work undertaken: Wilson Gunn has extensive knowledge and expertise in all areas of intellectual property registration and enforcement. Its personnel are qualified to represent clients before the UK Intellectual Property Office, as well as the European Patent Office, European Union Intellectual Property Office and UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
The bulk of the firm’s practice is patent and trade mark filing, prosecution and opposition, and transaction and renewal work. However, it is broad-based and routinely advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues, including infringement and clearance searching. Licensing is also an area of expertise and the firm has been involved in licensing deals in relation to a wide range of technologies. Wilson Gunn’s attorneys also have considerable expertise in relation to intellectual property aspects of corporate deals, including IP audits, analysis, evaluation and due diligence.
The firm’s professional team has substantial collective knowledge and experience, a number of attorneys having worked in industrial and commercial environments including as in-house counsel and in research and development roles. Its attorneys also include former UK Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office examiners who have an in-depth understanding of the patent system from all sides.
Wilson Gunn has strong sector expertise in the areas of automotive/transport, construction, food technology, packaging, textiles/filtration and sport. The practice also has a long association with clients from the gaming industry and has considerable expertise in seeking patent protection for game and software and electronics-related inventions, as well as the creative use of other forms of intellectual property to protect clients’ interests. A considerable volume of opposition work before the European Patent Office is handled, particularly in the chemical field.
The firm has one of the UK’s largest trade mark practices and manages trade mark portfolios for many leading brands. In recent years Wilson Gunn has ranked in the top five for UK trade mark filings and the top 40 EU-wide for European Union trade mark filings. The firm’s trade mark team advises clients in diverse fields and is particularly strong in fashion and retail, food and beverages, healthcare, entertainment and sport.
The firm also has extensive experience in advising in relation to registered design and copyright issues.
Other offices: Birmingham, Chesterfield, Liverpool, London
Breakdown of work %Patents 65
Trade marks 32
Number of partners 4
Number of other fee-earners 20
Total staff 55
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