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Murgitroyd is one of Europe's largest and most respected firms of patent and trade mark attorneys. Operating from 13 offices across the UK, France, Germany, the Irish Republic, Italy, Finland and Switzerland, together with two client liaison offices in the US and an office dealing with patent searching in Nicaragua, it handles all types of intellectual property work across a wide range of industry sectors. With over 50 IP professional staff among a total of 250 employees, Murgitroyd offers an exceptional team of talented attorneys in an array of disciplines.

The firm: Its strong international client base includes a number of global companies in the chemical, electronics and telecommunications sectors, as well as multinational firms and small and medium-sized enterprises in all industrial sectors, including: engineering, electronics, medical devices, energy and biotechnology. The firm also has significant expertise and experience working with the university sector in the UK and the US.

The firm has a progressive approach to serving clients and has an established reputation for providing practical, commercially relevant and technically accurate advice. It places great emphasis on superior service, anticipating potential areas of difficulty and resolving problems effectively. The firm's systems and procedures are based on a quality management system accredited under ISO 9001:2008. Together with rigorous external reviews, this underlines the firm's commitment to maintaining the highest technical and quality standards.

Types of work undertaken: Murgitroyd has the resources to provide a full range of services, including filing, prosecuting, licensing, assigning and renewing all types of patents, trade marks and designs, as well as advising on copyright and confidential information.

Murgitroyd is able to provide clients with direct representation rights at the European Patent Office (EPO), European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and a variety of national intellectual property offices in jurisdictions including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

Patents: the firm is particularly experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications and undertakes patent drafting for a number of multinational companies on a pseudo-in-house basis. The firm regularly provides infringement opinions, IP due diligence reports and patent agent reports.

Murgitroyd has its own patent searching and analysis service after recently acquiring a search operation in Managua, Nicaragua, so can carry out any required searching in-house in a time and cost-effective manner.

Murgitroyd's IP Portal service is focused to enable high-volume users of the patent system to achieve exceptional value, while retaining quality, when undertaking direct national filing and PCT national stage entry. The firm also utilises its pan-European presence and in-house translators to streamline the processes involved in validating European patents to provide value for its clients.

Oppositions and appeals: the firm has an experienced team and an active, recently expanded, office in Munich to allow effective representation in such proceedings.

Trade marks: the firm's expertise in trade mark selection, searching, clearance, use, protection, licensing, maintenance, sale and acquisition, and understanding of commercial pressures faced by businesses in today's climate, allows it to provide commercially focused and sensible advice in cost-effective ways. Trade mark work is undertaken for a wide range of clients covering the personal care, clothing, food and drink, tobacco, pharmaceutical, chemical and oil industries, as well as the service sector, sport, entertainment and retail sectors.

Expertise is provided in unregistered as well as registered designs. Copyright expertise covers literary, musical and artistic works, including written text, graphics, artwork, drawings and sketches, data compilations and software. Trade secret expertise includes providing procedures for keeping information confidential and confidentiality agreements.

Murgitroyd aims to maintain its leading position in all its areas of expertise and focus on providing service of the highest quality.

Other offices: Aberdeen Belfast, Dublin, Durham (USA), Geneva, Glasgow, Helsinki, London Croydon, London City, Managua (Nicaragua), Milan, Munich, Newcastle, Nice, Santa Clara (USA), York

  • Number of directors: 41
  • Number of other fee-earners: 27
  • Total staff: 250

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