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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

Boult Wade Tennant LLP continued its growth in continental Europe with the opening of its Frankfurt office in early 2020. From its four UK offices, the firm offers sophisticated portfolio management services, handling large international patent portfolios with a tailor-made case management system and a dedicated client portal. The team has proven expertise in the drafting of patent applications for UK and, increasingly, continental European clients, and a strong oppositions practice. European Patent Office (EPO) oppositions and appeals are an area of particular strength. Nina White directs the biotechnology and life sciences group; Tessa Bucks heads the engineering and designs practice; Oxford's Adrian Hayes is head of the chemicals and materials group; and Nick McLeish in Reading leads the sizeable hi-tech and electrical practice. Life sciences expert Barbara Rigby, formerly at Dehns, joined the Cambridge office in spring 2019. Matthew Ridley, Edward Morse and Edward Ronan made partner in 2019, while Charlotte Duly joined Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Key clients

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V

Caterpillar

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.

Irdeto B.V.

CREE

The Almac Group

Argenx BVBA

Alpha Assembly Solutions, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Provided due diligence advice and managed the global patent strategy for The Almac Group.
  • Took over responsibility for the global patent management of a large patent portfolio for Alpha Assembly Solutions, Inc.
  • Represented Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V. in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO.

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP has added a dedicated materials team to its offering, which, together with the firm's chemistry experts, fields a particularly busy EPO opposition caseload. The firm has an excellent reputation for its life sciences work, offering services from invention mining to enforcement and litigation for pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. Life sciences due diligence matters are increasingly visible in the team's workload. On the engineering and technology side, the firm continues to expand its AI and machine learning practice, for example for clients in the fintech sector, while growing its medical device work, with a strong opposition and appeals practice. Hugh Goodfellow, managing partner since January 2020; physical sciences business lead John Brunner; head of pharmaceuticals James Warner; head of biotechnology Mark Chapman; head of chemistry Gillian McGuire; head of engineering and tech Gary Small; and head of the transaction practice Jake Marshall lead the firm's offering. Stephen Duffield and Chris Hoggett made partner in July 2019.

Testimonials

‘A high level of focus on clients’ needs and on delivering a high-quality service.’

‘Great people and great listeners. They understand the client’s aims.’

Key clients

Align Technology

Biosense Webster

Eli Lilly (FORSTEO)

Barclays

Ethicon, Inc.

Gilead Sciences

Highview Power

Incyte Corporation

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care

Novartis Pharma AG

Regeneron

Stanford University / Forty Seven inc.

Takeda

Vertex

Xeros

Spotify

Saudi Aramco

Afiniti

LEIA

LifeScan

Work highlights

  • Represented Align Technology in the global dispute between Align and ClearCorrect in relation to Align’s dental aligner technology, in addition to handling a number of EPO oppositions of the patents in dispute in the UK.
  • Acted for Novartis Pharma AG to protect its products Exforge and Exforge HCT, including assisting with the development of patent and SPC strategies and developing a robust defence against the attacks of generics on the validity of both patents and SPCs.
  • Represented Regeneron in a range of opposition matters covering key products such as Dupixent and Praluent, offensively against Amgen and in defence of Regeneron’s own patents.

CMS

CMS focuses on the hi-tech and life sciences sectors, with a particular emphasis on digital health and AI and deep expertise in supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), a key asset for major biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients. The group of practice head Robert Stephen fields a busy European patent application filing caseload in addition to a successful EPO opposition and appeals practice, but is also regularly entrusted with matters requiring a global perspective. Due diligence work is another area of strength. As part of a much wider IP group, the team also acts alongside the firm's in-house litigators to assist clients in major disputes. With the arrival of Jane Evenson, formerly at Mathys & Squire LLP before working as a freelance patent attorney, and her team, and the promotion of Rachel Free to partner, the group bolstered its bench both in the life sciences, especially in antibody patent work, and in AI, telecoms and software patents.

Practice head(s):

Robert Stephen

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry and technical knowledge allied to in-depth knowledge of intellectual property law.’

‘Rachel Free is very approachable, understands the law and is able to appreciate highly technical matters. Excellent advice and analytical skills.’

‘I have been working with Robert Stephen’s team for the last couple of years and find the staff very easy to speak to and very clear about possible actions. The language used within the IP world is always very complicated but Robert and his team are excellent at pointing me in the right direction. The whole team is commercially minded and understand my requirements.’

‘Robert Stephen is extremely knowledgeable on all things relating to patents and processes across the globe. He instils confidence and is able to direct clients to a commercially advantageous position.’

‘Very responsive and engaged.’

Key clients

Eli Lilly

Foxconn

Imagination Technologies

Insmed

Iotic Labs

Kymab

LinkedIn

Microsoft

Silence Therapeutics

Vectura

Work highlights

  • Assisted Microsoft with the prosecution of approximately one-third of its European patent applications, including many of its newly acquired portfolios, as well as drafting patent applications for technology that originates in Europe or the Middle East.
  • Advised Kymab on its European patent portfolio and handling all opposition proceedings against Regeneron in the context of the patent infringement litigation brought by Regeneron against Kymab, including at the Supreme Court stage.
  • Represented Vectura before the EPO in opposition proceedings concerning two European patents that relate to three of GlaxoSmithKline’s Ellipta products, successfully defending both patents despite a preceding decision from the UK High Court revoking the equivalent UK patents.

D Young & Co LLP

The team at D Young & Co LLP stands out for its long relationships with high-profile clients, its prolific and effective EPO opposition and appeals practice, especially in the life sciences, and its wide-ranging practice, which includes engineering, mechanics, electronics and IT expertise as well as chemistry, pharmaceutical and biotechnology-related work. The group acts for large multinationals, academic institutions and research institutions. The offices in London and Southampton frequently work with the Munich office on cross-border matters to offer clients the patent benefits of both jurisdictions, both in prosecution and in litigation, thanks to the firm's German and British litigators. London-based Kirk Gallagher and Anthony Albutt direct the practice, which now includes former Vodafone in-house counsel Bénédicte Moulin in London and four new partners with the promotions of Rachel Bateman and Tamara Milton, both in the London office, and Cathrine McGowan and Alan Boyd in Southampton. Uli Foerstl left the firm in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Kirk Gallagher; Anthony Albutt

Testimonials

‘I have worked with D Young & Co for over 15 years. Prior to this I worked with other firms in three different continents, and none of them come close to the professionalism and dedication of D Young & Co.’

‘D Young & Co have carried on providing their first-rate service with great success.’

‘The partners are extremely knowledgeable and the most competent patent attorneys I have ever met.’

‘They are very responsive and efficient and understand clients’ needs well. They give us access to efficient collaborative tools which make it easier to handle international cases.’

‘They produce high-quality, reliable work product and have expertise in the computer-related technology space.’

‘The team are both approachable and knowledgeable, and skilled at turning our sometimes nebulous ideas into tangible intellectual property. They can be relied on to complete work to sometimes tight deadlines, and are creative at approaching sometimes difficult areas.’

‘The team members are professional and responsive.’

‘Neil Nachshen and Kirk Gallagher are both highly capable and very professional. They grasp the most complicated matters very quickly. They are responsive to e-mails and always available for a chat over the phone. It is a pleasure working with them.’

‘The firm’s prosecution team is extremely good and reliable.’

Key clients

Airspan Communications

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Allergy Therapeutics

Apitope International NV

ARM

Asahi Kasei Corporation

Autolus Ltd

Canbex Therapeutics

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc.

DowDuPont

Global Blue

Inflection Biosciences

Jo Loves Limited

King’s College London

Korean Institute of Science and Technology

LifeArc

Lush Cosmetics

Medtronic

Merial Inc.

Nestlé

Novo Nordisk A/S

Oracle Corporation

Owens Corning

Oxford BioMedica

Oxford University Innovation Limited

Peptinnovate

Plant Bioscience Ltd

Pulmagen Therapeutics

Roche

Rothamsted Research

Sarepta Therapeutics

Sony Corporation

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony Mobile Communications

NortonLifeLock

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd

The Francis Crick Institute

The Pirbright Institute

TomTom

Toyota Motor Corporation

University College London

University of Southampton

Work highlights

  • Advised Finchimica on its claim to revoke two of Bayer AG’s patents directed to the use of N-alkyl carboxylic acid amides as penetration promoters, with proceedings commencing before the English Patents Court in September 2019 and the action successfully settled in January 2020.
  • Represented Nestlé at the EPO, protecting the client’s European patent rights concerning its well-known ‘Nescafé Dolce Gusto’ capsules, including appeals against rival Dutch company Douwe Egberts and a number of appeals relating to Nestlé’s liquid coffee pods due to take place during 2020.
  • Represented DuPont Nutrition Biosciences in EPO oppositions and appeals in the field of industrial enzymes, successfully defending and opposing patents.

Dehns

Dehns remains among the most active patent application filers at the EPO and continues to build its track record as a strong EPO oppositions and appeals practice, with a high proportion of British and European, especially Scandinavian, clients. Internationally, the group is particularly active in the US, China and Japan. The bulk of the firm's caseload is allotted to physics and engineering patents, with electronics and medical patents also accounting for a significant number of instructions. Matters for clients from the oil and gas sector, chemical patents and prosecution work for universities and technology transfer offices dominate the remaining caseload. Cannabis-related work has seen a noticeable uptick. Brighton-based Alex Gittins, whose specialisms include aerospace and power systems engineering, made partner. Senior partner Alexander Piésold; managing partner Elizabeth Jones; head of biotechnology Hanna Dzieglewska; Oxford-based Philip Towler, who heads the chemical practice; and Brighton-based head of engineering John Tothill are the key contacts.

Testimonials

‘I have no hesitation in making this group my first port of call, and recommending them to my clients.’

‘The team is balanced across a range of subject matters, which means that they have a depth and level of understanding which can be missing elsewhere. It is possible to speak to a subject matter expert across a broad range of areas. This is backed up by a strong team of associates, who are highly industrious, engaging and client focused.’

‘Deborah Owen is undoubtedly a leader in her field. She is highly responsive and has huge attention to detail. She is a subject matter expert for antibody therapeutics and highly effectively leads our patent strategy, helping us to identify problems and find solutions. An exceptional talent.’

‘A high degree of professionalism when it comes to running a patent office, with very experienced attorneys who have in-depth knowledge of the patenting process, including litigation.’

‘The attorneys know what we as a client want. In addition I like that they speak up when there are things they think it is necessary for us to know.’

‘My experience is that they always involve our business focus in the proposed response to various challenges some patent applications may face and provide good, solid advice for us to review. We are never left alone in our decision on how to best proceed.’

‘Hanna Dzieglewska has an astonishing ability to make structure out of not always clearly described concepts. Her experience, coupled with an open mind to learn whenever faced with new facts or views, gives us the confidence to act on the advice given.’

Key clients

United Technology Corporation (UTC)

Kimberley Clark

Baker Hughes

Coca-Cola

Honda Motor Europe

Estee Lauder

SanDisk / Western Digital

Medtronic

Borealis

Nordic Semiconductor

Work highlights

  • Advised EQT Partners / Thommessen on the strength and value of an IP portfolio as part of a major acquisition.
  • Represented Kimberly-Clark in oral proceedings regarding a patent covering a disposable absorbent undergarment.
  • Advising Prophylix AS on the IP aspects of due diligence regarding the sale of the IP and related assets to a US company.

J A Kemp

J A Kemp fields a highly international caseload, offering an experienced patent application drafting and filing practice and a strong EPO opposition and appeals team to its prestigious list of domestic and international clients, including a high number of US and Japanese clients. It has also expanded its presence in the Chinese and South Korean markets. Able to assist with a wide range of patents, the team demonstrates particular strength in patent restoration work and SPCs. Clients include start-ups and spin-outs, major global players and renowned research institutions. The arrival of Ian MacLeod from Carpmaels & Ransford LLP in January 2020 bolstered the biotechnology and life sciences bench, led by Patrick Campbell. The engineering and IT practice is headed by Nigel PriceCelia Keen heads the chemistry and pharmaceutical practice; and Ravi Srinivasan leads the pharmaceutical team. Head of medical devices Mark Roberts, head of software John Leeming and head of electronics Samuel Smith are also key practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Simons; Ian MacLeod

Testimonials

‘Mark Roberts has been producing excellent work, demonstrating great understanding of surgical instruments and techniques but also an ability to keep within strict NHS budgetary constraints.’

‘John Leeming is an eminent patent attorney well versed in European computer-implemented inventions practices. He is also knowledgeable about software technology, including cutting-edge technologies such as AI. He offers us excellent services in terms of both technological and legal expertise.’

‘With the vital support of JA Kemp’s outstanding team, we have had remarkable success in securing effective protection for a downstream innovation around the world.’

‘Ravi Srinivasan is an outstanding IP legal professional. His insights and attention to detail are second to none. He and his team are efficient, organised and highly effective. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others.’

Key clients

AbbVie

Amazon

BASF

Lockheed Martin

Oxford University

Ricoh

Toyota Motor Corporation

University of California

Work highlights

  • Advised AbbVie on the patent protection of Upadacitinib, a new drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, including representation in EPO opposition proceedings, securing dismissal of the opposition.
  • Represented Sanofi in defending patents and maximising the patent term for Plerixaflor, a small molecule drug used to treat recalcitrant cancer patients.
  • Represented Gilead Sciences in the defence of its patent EP-B-2203462 which covers its blockbuster drug sofosbuvir.

Kilburn & Strode LLP

Kilburn & Strode LLP's liaison office in San Francisco, opened in 2018, has come into its own in 2019 and significantly increased the firm's share of Silicon Valley clients. The firm offers in-depth experience across the full range of prosecution services, from freedom to operate searches to patent application drafting and their prosecution, including representation in opposition and appeal proceedings, both in the UK and at the EPO. Due diligence matters and portfolio preparation in a fundraising context are other areas of strength. Kristina Cornish and Nick Bassil lead the life sciences and chemistry group, while Alexander Korenberg, managing partner Richard Howson and chairman Gwilym Roberts are at the helm of the technology practice, which includes engineering and electronics work. Between 2019 and 2020, the firm greatly expanded its senior ranks as Jennifer Harris and Tom Leonard became equity partners and Jeremy Smith, Mark Abthorpe, Nick Noble and Marco Morbidini joined the partnership.

Testimonials

‘Gwilym Roberts and Richard Howson are hugely practical and make difficult technical discussions accessible to the less technical of us.’

‘K&S is one of the leading patent attorney firms. It focuses on what it does best.’

‘Gwilym Roberts is an excellent practitioner. He is at the top of his profession. Smart, likeable and intelligent.’

‘We have had first-rate service with very good continuity. Rapid time to resolve problems and the right first-time approach.’

‘What sets K&S apart is that the team is 100% interested in what we do, understands what we are about and gives clear views on the strengths of cases.’

‘Diligent and proactive, and they care about us as a client. They give a commercial view, not just a legal or theoretical one.’

‘Excellent problem-solving skills. Thorough and detailed analysis with a focus on getting the important information across clearly.’

‘Jim Miller is probably one of the best patent attorneys in Europe in the mechanical field. Outstanding in every way.’

‘Deep technical knowledge and a quick appreciation of the facts of the matter, allowing a timely and relatively cost-effective manner of solving the open issues.’

‘Smart and very friendly.’

Key clients

Honeywell

Boeing

LG Display

LG Electronics

Imperial Innovations (tech transfer for Imperial College London)

Cisco

Aston Martin

Mars

Janssen

Queen Mary University

Dropbox

Gooji Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Viasat as defendant in opposition proceedings filed by the EU and the European Space Agency against a patent covering the client’s flexible capacity spot beam satellite communications systems.
  • Assisted Kortical Ltd with obtaining patent protection for its AI technology.
  • Assisted Arrival Limited with the development of its patent strategy, securing patent protection for the client’s technology used in electric vehicles.

Marks & Clerk

Marks & Clerk LLP offers comprehensive patent prosecution services, including the development and management of large international patent portfolios, for which the firm benefits from its office network in the UK - including in the key innovation hubs of London, Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester - the EU, Canada and Asia. The group stands out for its particularly busy Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent filing practice and its longstanding experience in matters at the intersection of litigation and prosecution, making the team a popular choice for sophisticated matters, especially for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. AI and telecoms standards patents are another area of strength. Oxford-based Daniel Talbot-Ponsonby has taken over as international chair from Maureen Kinsler. Managing partner Simon Mounteney is based in the London office.

Mathys & Squire LLP

Mathys & Squire LLP fields a highly international caseload and underlined its commitment to cross-border services with the opening of its Munich office in July 2019. The group demonstrates strength in the prosecution and enforcement of patents across a wide range of sectors, with the biotechnology, clean tech, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors accounting for a particularly high number of recent highlight matters. Other key sectors include the automotive, manufacturing, technology and telecoms spheres. Another standout feature is the firm's design practice, especially for UK and Israeli clients. Clients include global players as well as start-ups. Jane Clark, Paul Cozens, Chris Hamer and Martin MacLean in London and the Cambridge-based Alan MacDougall share the leadership of the practice. Life sciences specialist Monika Rai left for EIP in April 2020.

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent technical understanding of our technology area, which is very niche and hard for most individuals to grasp. This makes the patent development process so much easier. During the process of trying to get the invention down on paper, the team are able to suggest areas of potential innovation or to point out common knowledge at a very early stage, saving time and money but at the same time potentially generating new commercial IP in the form of sub patents.’

‘Broad experience across the range of technologies that my company has exposure to.’

‘Extremely responsive and eager to understand my company’s needs. Flexible and accommodating when it comes to matching expectations regarding timing and budget.’

‘The Mathys & Squire team has made the entire process of the patent application an exceptional experience. We have received appropriate advice to enable us to gain better positioning. Their billing is also transparent and has shown good value for money compared to other firms we work with.’

‘Craig Titmus is an exceptional lawyer. He has read our the patent so carefully and thoughtfully that his work with the patent offices tends to result in our favour. He presents the commentary and issues with such clarity that we don’t need a legal interpreter to understand and respond to them. This saves a lot of time and fees. Besides being a really clever lawyer, Craig is a truly nice person. We hope to work with him for all of our IP and patents going forward.’

‘Showed great technological knowledge and effective support in prosecution in front of the EPO. Cost effective and very responsive.’

‘The diversity of patent concepts we bring forward in our field across a range of activities is always met by a team of experts with relevant expertise to draft patents quickly, enhance our concepts and provide assurance to our sponsors on the novelty and enforceability of our IP. We have always had priority for important filings. Advice to support our commercial partnerships and their strategic direction has always been generous and valuable.’

‘The individuals we work with in Mathys & Squire are all highly skilled, clear, driven and provide excellent service, especially under pressure. We would like to single out Chris Hamer, who has been exemplary. Chris is equally at home working with us on patent filings and advice one minute and the next advising CEOs and board members on the status of IP and influencing our commercial strategy. He is always available no matter what time of day.’

‘Mathys & Squire LLP really can’t do enough for you. If you want a firm that will go the extra mile and provide industry-leading client service then I would wholeheartedly recommend them. We have entrusted our most important patent portfolio to them and continue to be impressed by the diligent, professional and successful way they have managed the prosecution.’

‘Anna Gregson and Martin MacLean are accessible, knowledgeable and provide a really outstanding, can-do attitude.’

‘Approachable and friendly, which is a key factor. Very knowledgdable in all manners of managing, and applying for, IP. Very swift in their response time.’

‘Paul Cozens produces work of a consistently high quality and is very commercial. He is especially adept at dealing with software in the context of engineering.’

‘Jane Clark is a pre-eminent prosecutor who is always my first choice. Both Ilya and Jane make themselves available for all important matters as well as many less important matters.’

Key clients

Green Lizard Technologies

Ipsen Bioinnovation Limited

Imperial College Innovations

LIfT BioSciences Ltd

Colorifix

Molecular Templates

New Balance

Ricardo / Dolphin-N2

Elixir Medical Corporation

Moderna

Intuitive Surgical

Work highlights

  • Acted as sole IP adviser to Green Lizard Technologies and Poseidon Plastics throughout their negotiations with DuPont Teijin Films to provide a first-of-its-kind polyester recycling technology.
  • Advised Ricardo on the establishment of an IP portfolio (including several families of granted patents) for its new spin-out company Dolphin-N2, which delivers game-changing engine technology to market.
  • Advised Ipsen on its design of a series of modified botulinum neurotoxins that exhibit improved retention, thereby minimising the risk of toxic potential side-effects caused by offsite targeting.

Mewburn Ellis LLP

Mewburn Ellis LLP bolstered its Munich office, especially on the life sciences and chemistry side; developed its engineering and ICT team into the largest joint group in the firm; and expanded its dispute resolution offering with the addition of new litigators. The team covers a wide range of sectors, with the life sciences sector as a key source of instructions, and impresses with its longstanding experience in the management of large international patent portfolios and its successful EPO opposition and appeals track record.  Engineering specialist and IP director Paul Misselbrook joined the Manchester office from Venner Shipley LLP in October 2019. Chemistry expert Sarah Kostiuk-Smith, also in Manchester; London-based Eliot Ward, who specialises in life sciences patents; and biotech specialist Adam Gregory in Bristol made partner between 2019 and 2020. Manchester-based Graeme Moore directs the engineering and ICT team; Jeremy Webster, also in Manchester, heads the chemistry practice; and Simon Kiddle in Bristol leads the life sciences group.

Testimonials

‘High quality and professionalism.’

‘Easy and straightforward communication.’

‘Graeme Moore has provided us with effective advice related to patents and trade marks in the EU.’

‘It has strong network in Europe as well as in the UK.’

‘Mewburn Ellis is a great example of a collaborative partner. Their thought process and dialogue makes them stand out as a firm committed to providing a quality IP service to their clients. They continue to provide us with timely advice to help make strategic decisions to strengthen the IP profile of our company.’

‘They are very experienced and have a large network.’

‘They are dedicated to supporting us and always respond to our needs in a well-judged and timely way.’

‘Emma Graham is always in tune with our needs and provides well-considered and well-explained advice. Her work product is always of a high quality.’

‘Graeme Moore manages to understand our concepts well and help us appropriately articulate them in our applications.’

Key clients

ADC Therapeutics

Agency For Science, Technology and Research

Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP

Cambridge Enterprise Ltd

Clovis Oncology

Creo Medical Limited

CryoGaTT Systems Ltd

CTX CRC Ltd

Danisco US Inc.

Dechra Pharmaceuticals Plc

Domino Printing Sciences PLC

Ei-Mei Patent Office

Enleofen

Esco Ventures

F Hoffmann-La Roche AG

F-star Biotechnology Ltd

Genentech Inc

Hiraki and Associates

Hitachi, Ltd

Hummingbird Bioscience

Karsten Manufacturing Group

Kratos Analytical Ltd

Kyoto Int. Patent Law Office

McNeill Baur PLC

Medical Air Technology

MedImmune Limited

Midatech Pharma plc

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Kisa Patent & Trade Mark Firm

Mitsui Chemicals

Modern Biosciences Ltd

Morrison & Foerster

Nerudia Ltd

NGK Insulators Ltd

Nova Chemicals

Pacific Biosciences of California Inc.

Pentland Brands Limited

Pfizer

Prezio IP Firm

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Rockley Photonics Ltd

Scihead IP Law firm

Second Sight Medical Products

Shimadzu Corporation

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co Ltd.

Somalogic Inc

Tessa Therapeutics Ltd

The General Hospital Corporation

The University of Glasgow

Toray Industries, Inc.

Unilever

University of California

University of Manchester

Western Digital Technologies

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

WisTa Laboratories

Wolf Greenfield & Sacks

Zealand Pharma A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised Nerudia on the development and implementation of its patent strategy, significantly increasing the client’s patent protection.
  • Assisted Realeyes with the development of a highly successful patent strategy, growing the client’s patent portfolio significantly.
  • Assisting Bozicevic Field & Francis with the representation of the University of California Berkeley in EPO opposition proceedings regarding CRISPR technology.

Reddie & Grose LLP

Reddie & Grose LLP grew its presence in continental Europe with the recruitment of experts in generics and biosimilars to its Munich office and the opening of a new office in The Hague in 2019. The firm assists with the full spectrum of patent prosecution work, including due diligence and freedom to operate searches, in the UK, the EPO and a large number of other jurisdictions. The pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, but the group is also active in a wide range of other areas, including the consumer products, aviation, electronics, telecoms and construction sectors. Jan Vleck became the firm's executive partner and physics expert Duncan Nevett made partner in April 2020. Alice Findlay is the firm's chairman and Simon Goodman is the head of the Cambridge office.

Testimonials

‘We were assisted in our application to register a design with expert professional advice. Throughout the process, communication with the team was excellent and, being relatively unfamiliar with IP protection, we felt supported throughout. The team guided us with practical and sensible suggestions, and patiently, promptly and efficiently dealt with our queries.’

‘Jan Vleck outlined the application process in a clear and professional manner.’

‘The Reddie & Grose team have an excellent understanding of our business environment. They are always available to support and are always very clear with their recommendations.’

‘Philip Bates leads a team of young talented advisers, to whom he is very inspirational.’

‘The R and G team brings a fundamental understanding of our technology and how we wish to develop it strategically. They demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the science and the subsequent applications in clinical practice. They respond to questions and requests with extremely timely and detailed responses and the management of our family of patents is extremely robust. They bring a global understanding of the patent landscape which adds significantly to our value.’

‘R&G are a very down-to-earth practice. They are more commercial than most patent attorneys and more approachable, but with a really sound grasp of their respective technologies and current practice.’

‘From the beginning, one of the most important elements of this relationship has been trust that the information given is correct and that instructions will be followed and completed as per discussions. We are confident that the job will be done to a high professional standard.’

‘We have now worked with five individuals at Reddie and Grose, covering different aspects of our legal protection needs, and we have 100% confidence in each one. Gaining access to them is never an issue, and the clarity of instruction has made the journey easy to follow and understand.’

‘A strong technology practice in particular and very likeable individuals.’

‘Nick Reeve, Pete Sadler, Jan Vleck and Tom Sharman are all excellent.’

Venner Shipley LLP

The team at Venner Shipley LLP stands out for its representation of the appellant in case G1/19 before the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO regarding the patent protection of computer-implemented inventions, with the application having been drafted and prosecuted by the team. AI and genome editing patents as well as standard-essential telecoms and technology are areas of particular strength. The group is well versed in oppositions and appeal proceedings, especially in the representation of chemicals and life sciences clients, many of which are SMEs, including a high number of medical device players. In addition to its wide offering in the UK, the firm also has an office in Munich, bolstered in autumn 2019 by the arrival of two of counsels. Jan Walaski is the firm's managing partner. Salary partner Paul Misselbrook joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Jan Walaski

Testimonials

‘Easy and straightforward to deal with. Friendly and flexible.’

‘Jan Walaski was understanding and flexible in our dealings with him.’

‘We always receive very competent and logical advice from Venner Shipley. They are very responsive and value personal interaction.’

‘Allie Elend is very competent, an excellent communicator and always very responsive. Importantly, she is able to describe different scenarios and consequences in a way that a non-expert understands well.’

‘Venner is a consistent, valued partner. I can rely on Venner to provide timely, high-quality work. The Venner attorneys I interact with are very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Overall, a great firm with great people.’

‘The team provides timely updates on developments in the law. The updates are comprehensive, including sufficient background to assist newbies to the field.’

‘We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Venner Shipley for many years and have consistently found them to be responsive and highly knowledgeable. They have handled a number of complex matters for us and have always delivered excellent outcomes.’

‘Anton Hutter is not only a very high-quality attorney but also highly knowledgeable and a very good problem-solver, displaying a creative approach to dealing with complex issues.’

‘Allie Elend provides excellent service, gives excellent advice supporting a very well-considered strategy, and is highly diligent and time conscious. The team are also very effective in the admin work behind maintaining and progressing patent applications and as a result the strategies we are pursuing have so far been highly successful.’

‘Excellent work ethic, diligence, foresight and communication. I know I can trust and rely on them. They are also very friendly and nice to work with.’

‘Excellent service and dedication with work over normal hours to meet external deadlines. Good mix of detail and overall strategic balance of IP portfolio creation, extension and maintenance.’

‘Allie Elend is the best patent attorney I have worked with.’

‘Paul Derry is both responsive and knowledgeable of client needs. Richard Kennedy has unique understanding in the machine learning field and understands the intricacies and depth of description required for prosecution support and exceptional claim breadth.’

‘Anton Hutter stands out in that he makes time to deal with queries almost immediately, answering emails and phone calls with a speed that’s reassuring in times of concern or urgency. He has the knack of making one, or rather, one’s work, seem the most exciting and immediate project he has. He is in constant contact with us, convening meetings and raising red flags as soon as he foresees issues. We feel with this team that we’re in very safe and expert hands.’

‘Richard Kennedy has been at the forefront of debates around AI and IP.’

‘Pawel Piotrowicz has specific, deep knowledge in areas important to our research, and a knack for being able to work closely with our variety of academics.’

Key clients

Addison Lee Limited

Allecra Therapeutics

Airbus Defence & Space

Amro Biotech

British American Tobacco

Cambridge Display Technologies (CDT)

Cambridge Touch Technologies (CTT)

Cam Lock Ltd

Cerevance

Clinigen Group Plc

Curadev

Epizyme

Fit Out UK

Hitachi

Imperial Innovations

Inflazome

Merck KGaA

Mitel Networks

Myriad

Nantworks

Neuro-Bio

Nokia

Procter & Gamble

Renesas

Samsung Group

Sanofi

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Twitter

Imperial College London / Imperial College Innovations Limited

Royal Veterinary College

University of Leicester

UCL Business LTD

Work highlights

  • Handled an appeal for Douglas Connor (now Bentley Systems) which has been referred to the EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal, concerning the evolving and controversial issue of the protection of computer implemented-inventions (Case G1/19).
  • Assisting British American Tobacco with patent prosecution services for its global patent programme as a member of its new ‘Managed Service Panel’ to handle BAT’s global patent programme.
  • Managed a significant portion of Samsung Group’s (Samsung Electronics, Samsung Display and Samsung SDI) European patent filings.

AA Thornton

AA Thornton assists clients with the full spread of patent prosecution work, ranging from freedom to operate searches and patent application drafting to representation in opposition and appeals proceedings, patent due diligence work, IP audits, and the development and implementation of patent portfolio strategies. The firm offers a joint prosecution-litigation service to handle contentious and non-contentious issues alike. It advises on a wide range of technologies, with key expertise in pharmaceutical and life sciences patents; inventions in electronics and electrical engineering; oil, gas and petrochemical matters; and IT and telecoms patents. The team has a distinctly international caseload, with clients from the UK and other European countries, the US, India and the Far East. Partnership chair Adrian Bennett also heads the engineering, physics and mechanical device group, while Craig Turner directs the chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals team and Mike Jennings heads the electrical engineering, electronics, telecoms and IT practice.

Other key lawyers:

Alex Bone

Testimonials

‘This is most certainly a unique practice. Their key strengths and capabilities are the uniformly very high standard of patent and trade mark work across the entire firm; very good communication skills; ability to obtain excellent results; and the exceptionally high level of honesty and trust. Their cost structure is very fair and they are nice people to do business with. Overall, this is an outstanding firm, and I cannot recommend it too highly.’

‘Craig Turner is an absolutely outstanding attorney. He has managed to obtain patent grants in the most difficult (and sometimes hopeless) cases. Craig is an excellent advocate in addition to his more usual, routine patent agent work. Finally, he always responds to written questions very quickly, and is always very happy to set up phone discussions and face-to-face meetings. In short: an attorney of the highest calibre.’

‘They are flexible to the needs of start-up companies.’

‘The team are innovative and creative in their responses on challenging issues in software and telecoms prosecution. They listen to feedback, work to understand the business goals, and then work to create a path to issuance with those elements at the front of their mind. Their success rate and the quality of the claims they obtain is consistently high – an excellent combination.’

‘Mike Jennings has the benefit of both a very creative approach to legal problem solving and an engagement in the patent community generally and with the EPO and UKIPO, which gives him the ability to understand and even help guide the offices towards appropriate solutions to their challenges while also giving his clients access to insights into the current law and its potential and likely developments.’

‘A highly professional, knowledgeable and kind team.’

‘Great attention to details. They advise businesses and draft patents with the commercial aspects in mind.’

Key clients

Novartis

Halliburton Energy Services

Cipla Ltd

Chevron Philips Chemical Company

IBM UK Ltd

Bosch

Associated British Foods

CK Hutchinson Holdings Limited

Allegro Microsystems

Work highlights

  • Assisted RSR Limited with winning its appeal on patent validity at the German Federal Supreme Court, securing a complete reversal of the decision of the Federal Court on all claim requests, so that the patent was entirely upheld in full as granted.
  • Successfully obtained for Atkins a broad European patent for a high-value and highly complex technology for floating oil production, storage and offloading vessesl used for the offshore production and processing of oil and gas reserves.
  • Advised SGMA on the commercialisation of its plastics replacement technology in support of sustainability for the planet and green recycling alternatives, including extensive strategic advice on filing patent applications, reviewing agreements, and conducting an IP audit.

Appleyard Lees

Appleyard Lees stands out for the proximity of its office network to clients from different industries: the Halifax, Leeds and Manchester offices are close to clients from manufacturing and other traditional industries, while the Cambridge office serves to facilitate relationships with clients from the technology, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. In addition, the firm's presence at the BioHub at Alderley Park underlines its experience in patent prosecution work for emerging life sciences companies. Thanks to its client technology platform and flexible work approach, the firm also attracts major multinationals without a UK base as clients. Leeds-based managing partner Dick Waddington is the head of the practice, which includes a high number of practitioners who are dual-qualified as patent and trade mark attorneys. Howard Read in Manchester and Adam Tindall in Halifax made partner in April 2020 and 2019 respectively.

Practice head(s):

Dick Waddington

Testimonials

‘In simple terms, they get the job done.’

‘They quickly get to grips with and understand the areas that we believe are key for protecting our business moving forward and then work hard with us to ensure that those areas are covered.’

‘Feedback is always strong and we are always able to get someone on the end of the telephone.’

‘Bobby Smithson is experienced and calm.’

‘They respond very quickly to any form of communication.’

‘A highly skilled and regarded team. Easy to work with and very responsive. They offer excellent breadth and depth of skills.’

‘Knowledgeable, proactive and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Aberystwyth University

Bodycote

Blueberry Therapeutics

Cancer Research UK

Lucite International (Perspex)

Manchester University

Mondelez International Inc.

PPG Industries

Smith & Nephew Medical Limited

VMWare

Walmart Inc.

Work highlights

  • Provided full patent support for Benevolent AI, including advising on patent strategy, portfolio management (of over 50 patent applications), due diligence and patent searching, in addition to actively prosecuting key patents globally.
  • Represented Blueberry Therapeutics in all aspects of the IP covering its innovative fungal nail infection therapy targeting a potential $50bn worldwide market.
  • Represented PPG in an opposition at the EPO against BASF and Evonik; a high-level opposition at the EPO against DSM; and a matter against Valspar Sourcing, Inc. involving a patent related to food and beverage packaging coatings.

Barker Brettell LLP

Barker Brettell LLP impresses with its highly active filing practice, especially in university patents and PCT patent applications. Traditionally strong in the automotive, cosmetics, food and drink, medical and higher education sectors, the group has also expanded its offering for aerospace and energy clients. The practice handles the full breadth of patent prosecution work, including oppositions and appeals and transactional assistance. The group is particularly well versed in assisting US law firms with the prosecution of their clients' patents in Europe, and with the opening of its Stockholm office in March 2019, the team has grown its international presence. With strong roots in local communities, especially in Birmingham, the practice regularly works with incubators and science parks to assist start-ups and growth companies. Birmingham-based John Lawrence is the head of the team.

Practice head(s):

John Lawrence

Testimonials

‘Very professional outfit. Very knowledgeable and responsive to our requirements.’

‘Incredibly quick to grasp the overview and detail of a matter. Supportive, available, friendly. I wish all professional relationships could be this good.’

‘They stand out for their willingness and ability to integrate into our business, and in particular the in-house attorney team. This has enabled them to fully understand the goals of our portfolio and help us to achieve those goals through their professional support.’

‘The partners and associates who have supported us have been technically very capable and very willing to work with us to achieve our desired portfolio.’

‘Both the quality and the depth of experience of the patent agents is excellent.’

‘Carrie Johnson is highly skilled in this field.’

Key clients

Severn Trent Water Limited

Ocupeye Limited

Bell Helicopters

Kohler Mira

University of Nottingham

Oxford University Innovation

Work highlights

  • Provided patent drafting and prosecution services to Oxford University Innovation, including drafting and filing nearly 30 UK and PCT applications, and assisted a number of spin-out companies from the university.
  • Assisted Ocupeye with the identification of protectable IP in its business and the development of a patent and trade mark application filing strategy, and advised the client on licensing and assignment agreements with third parties, as well as on due diligence matters involving investors.
  • Assisted Bell Helicopters with oppositions and fast-track prosecution strategies to promote the development of new products for superior aircrafts, including securing the cancellation of about ten oral proceeding hearings at the EPO, and assistance with freedom to operate patent infringement searches and opinions.

EIP

Already known for the depth of its telecoms, electronics and mechanical engineering practice, EIP strengthened its life sciences and healthcare business with the addition of Gareth Probert and Monika Rai, from HGF Limited and Mathys & Squire LLP, respectively. In Colin Lobban, a former division head of IP at Dyson, the group gained an experienced engineering attorney. The practice predominantly undertakes direct work, drawing on its international offices in Denver and Düsseldorf and its combined offering of patent, trade mark and design specialists and IP litigators to assist clients with the full range of matters. In addition to its comprehensive prosecution offering, including an increasingly busy opposition and appeals practice, the team also frequently acts in an advisory role in strategic projects, such as portfolio analyses and due diligence, and is experienced in accompanying high-stakes patent litigation. The London-based Jerome Spaargaren and Heather McCann and Bath-based Matt Lawman lead the practice.

Testimonials

‘Darren Smyth is the best patent attorney that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He is extremely clever and knowledgeable, as well as being down-to-earth and approachable. The creme de la creme of patent attorneys in the UK.’

‘The team are highly professional and devoted to the work they do. They have a very diverse range of professional and personal interests, which gives the whole team an incredible depth and breadth of perspectives, which cannot be underestimated when you are talking about the law dealing with the edge of science and technology.’

‘The team has been responsive and effective in handling our European patent matters.’

‘Their IP attorneys are very knowledgeable when it comes to technology and quick to learn new things.’

‘They have very good IT/comms/physics/system base knowledge that can be readily translated into understanding and drafting patents with a good sense of what is and is not patentable. Open and collaborative.’

‘Chris Price is a highly experienced patent attorney who is easy to work with, clear in his communications and pragmatic in how to manage the patenting process on a worldwide basis.’

‘Their patent prosecution and litigation teams take an integrated approach in pre-suit portfolio building and enforcement matters, not siloed like many firms. Good knowledge of integrated global patent strategy.’

‘Precise analysis and pragmatic recommendations.’

‘Jerome Spaargaren is readily available and always provides useful insight into complex matters.’

Key clients

Imperial College London

VISA Inc.

Hewlett Packard

Sonos Inc.

OVO Group

Arm Ltd.

Airbus Operations

Tate & Lyle

Truphone

A.P. Moller-Maersk

Work highlights

  • Assisted Visa with the totality of its new European patents following transfers of cases from other firms, including a UK firm and a German firm.
  • Advised Teleste on validity and infringement issues to assist with the defence of two UK patent actions.
  • Carried out an extensive SPC filing programme for US biotech multinational BioCryst.

Elkington + Fife LLP

Elkington + Fife LLP stands out through the combination of its highly successful opposition and appeals practice, its proven track record in the efficient prosecution of electronics patents, its in-depth knowledge of the protection of biotechnology patent portfolios, and its stellar client list. The practice fields a particularly busy caseload for major generics companies as part of its pharmaceutical offering, but is also visible across a good spread of other sectors, including the consumer product, transport and semiconductor sectors. Through the partner promotion of Mark Scott, the firm added a versatile attorney to its partnership, with Scott's expertise including materials science, medical devices and chemistry. Practice heads Richard Gillard and Nick Ertl, based in London and Sevenoaks respectively, are among the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gillard; Nick Ertl

Testimonials

‘Excellent, commercially relevant advice based on a sound understanding of case law.’

‘Richard Cooke is a top-notch pharmaceutical attorney, providing clear advice.’

‘Glyn Truscott is a brilliant biotechnology attorney on top of all the issues.’

‘The practice is well organised, efficient and knowledgeable in the field of patents worldwide.’

‘Daniel Portch is diligent, has a wealth of experience, provides good support and always meets deadlines.’

‘They are more strategic than most and know the law and procedure inside out.’

‘Oliver Kingsbury is great. He wins cases and is very easy to deal with.’

‘Standout service, very responsive and client-oriented advice.’

‘I’m super impressed with Rob O’Callaghan. I have not the slightest quibble about anything. I have complete trust in him. He was always available for face-to-face meetings.’

‘Elkington and Fife’s partners and associates are skilled in EPO opposition and appeal practice. Their expertise and skill in oral proceedings are amongst the best that we have seen in either UK or continental firms.’

‘The partners we work with regularly are able to cut to the core of issues quickly and their ability to adapt to the specific needs and requirements of our business makes instruction, collaboration and billing seamless and easy.’

‘A highly efficient practice that is able to pull together the right people at the right time to get the job done. A broad range of technical expertise that can be combined to produce outstanding results.’

‘Richard Gillard is a leading pharma patent agent in his cohort. He has great insight into the business and rarely fails to deliver results.’

‘James Anderson provides reliable and trustworthy clearance advice with a burgeoning presence in complex medical devices with electronic features.’

‘Elkington provide a very personal customised service.’

Key clients

AbbVie Inc.

Actavis

Alcon Laboratories Inc.

Amgen Inc.

Astex

Balfour Beatty

Bayer

Benuvia Therapeutics, Inc.

Bial

Corning Incorporated

Deka Research & Development Corp.

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Limited

Graphene Composites Ltd.

IBM

Instituto de Medicina Molecular (Portuguese Research Institute)

Malvern Panalytical B.V.

Merck KGaA

Mundipharma (Pharmaceuticals)

Mylan

NantKwest, Inc.

Nestlé

Novartis

Philips

Polpharma

Procter & Gamble

ReNeuron

Rothwell Figg Ernst & Manbeck

Sandoz

Samsung

Solvay

Strategic Support Ltd.

TempEasy Limited

Teva

Thrive Earlier Detection

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

u-blox AG

University of Kent

Wood Phillips

Zymeworks

Work highlights

  • Assisted Procter & Gamble with EPO opposition and appeal work with commercially important brands.
  • Advised IBM UK on the patent aspects of an expansion in the areas of AI and machine learning.
  • Provided prosecution work for Samsung spanning the chemistry and mechanical/electronics fields.

Gill Jennings & Every LLP

Following its acquisition of Beresford Crump LLP in spring 2019, Gill Jennings & Every LLP has seen an uptick in its work on electrical engineering patents, especially for UK SMEs, but also for US semiconductor giant Micron Technology. Other key sectors in the group's varied caseload include the pharmaceutical, fintech, consumer product and energy sectors. The group has steadily expanded its efficient oppositions and appeals practice and offers a dedicated service for the handling of strategic IP work, known as ConsultIP. With offices in London and Munich, the group is well equipped for cross-border work, especially in a European context. Michael Lord and Stephen Haley are the managing partners. At the end of 2019, Fiona Stevens and Peter Finnie left for Potter Clarkson LLP. Engineering expert Graham Spenceley made partner in January 2020, adding more weight to the firm's medical device practice.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lord; Stephen Haley

Testimonials

‘GJE has a team of attorneys who are both highly skilled with regard to technology and with regard to legal practice. It is an unbeatable combination of talent. In addition, when you interact with the GJE attorneys you know they personally care about representing their clients.’

‘The partner and associates with whom I have worked at GJE are not only at the top legally and technically, they care about what they do. They are quickly responsive to any communication and creative in trying to come up with the best solution to an issue (or recognizing when there is no viable solution). In particular I have seen these traits in Arnie Clarke.’

‘My experience with Gill Jennings & Every has been very positive. They are always very clear in their recommendations and are very responsive to our requests. They are knowledgeable about the technology areas that we work in, so they are able to absorb the information provided in a timely and accurate manner.’

‘We have always found Gill Jennings to be highly responsive and competent.’

‘Peter Arrowsmith is outstanding. We regularly refer all of our patent enquiries to him and on every occasion clients have been delighted. He can cut right through to the key issues in a short period of time and always gives very practical advice, which clients love.’

‘A combination of the ability to master technical issues and give practical advice with a human touch.’

‘Robert Skone James is the master revered by most in the industry.’

‘Michael Lord has the ability to navigate complex technical issues without losing sight of the commercial objectives of the client. His charisma and negotiation skills have helped win cases.’

‘Heather Scott has unrivalled technical skills. She is of a different class.’

‘Stephen Haley and Graham Spenceley are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Approachable, friendly and flexible. Conscious of the need to deliver value for money. Rigorous and set a high-quality level in their output. Experienced.’

‘I find the practice very responsive and extremely knowledgeable on their subject.’

‘Heather Scott’s work on our behalf has been of exceptional quality. She has displayed what we believe to be an outstanding ability to understand complex technical concepts and identify the issues which may conflict with prior art. She is a pleasure to work with, always with a calm but positive disposition, and displays a level of understanding of patent legalities which has enabled us to obtain the patents applied for.’

Key clients

De La Rue

Rockwool

Oracle

Mylan

Xerox PARC

JT International

Wave Optics

Premier Foods

Limited Brands

Mastercard

Micron Technology, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc.

Sinclair Pharmaceuticals Limited

BlackBerry Limited

TestCard

Focal Point Positioning

Anglo-American

Cement Roadstone Holdings

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Rockwool in EPO opposition proceedings regarding an important patent relating to undersea pipeline insulation before the EPO Board of Appeal.
  • Assisted De La Rue with growing, prosecuting and defending a very active, high-value IP portfolio covering over 1,500 patents and patent applications across more than 70 countries, involving a significant number of EPO oppositions.
  • Assisted the in-house IP team at JT International with the prosecution and protection of patents covering reduced risk products, involving frequent representations in opposition proceedings.

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Created by the 2019 merger between Haseltine Lake and IP litigation specialist Kempner & Partners, Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP has an excellent track record in high-tech and engineering work, including AI, electronics and software. Its chemistry and life sciences bench has grown significantly thanks to the arrivals of Joseph Lenthall, formerly at Mewburn Ellis LLP, in autumn 2018 and Joanna Deas from HGF Limited in January 2020, both of whom also bolstered the EPO opposition and appeals practice. The firm specialises in direct work and has a busy drafting and filing caseload, with a good mix of UK, European and foreign patents. Alex Rogers, the head of the chemistry and life sciences team, and Simon Rees, who heads the high-tech practice, are based in Bristol, while head of engineering Ashley Giles is based in London. The Leeds-based Richard Kempner heads the litigation practice. In addition to its UK offices, the firm also has a presence in Germany, the Netherlands and China.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides thorough, well-thought-through intellectual property services.’

‘Alex Rogers has provided thorough, successful representation in several opposition matters for the company. His representation has been second to none.’

‘HLK combine technological expertise with a highly efficient organisation which is capable of working with accuracy.’

‘High-quality patent agents who can understand the technology and science as well as drafting accurate patents.’

‘Very knowledgeable on their subject matter. Excellent response times.’

‘Alex Rogers is technically excellent, very responsive, and knows our business needs very well.’

Key clients

Ericsson

HP Inc.

Fujitsu

Imerys

Chevron

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Nike

Rolls Royce

Tesco

Honeywell

Ford

Mars

Nerudia Limited (formally Imperial Tobacco Group plc)

Draeger

BOE Technology Group Co Ltd

UK Atomic Energy Authority

Ingersoll Rand

Givaudan

Cirrus Logic

University of Oxford

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended and maintained a number of European patents for HP Inc. in EPO opposition proceedings, including the defence of three European patents in the chemical field.
  • Successfully acted for Givaudan in opposition proceedings against competitor Encapsys, securing revocation of Encapsys’s patent in its entirety.
  • Assisted Ericsson with patent application drafting as one of the client’s main global drafters of standard-essential patents for 5G technology.

HGF Limited

HGF Limited stands out for its wide office network, totalling 12 offices in the UK and ten offices elsewhere in Europe. The group's electronics, engineering, chemistry and life sciences teams work together to handle prosecution work, including oppositions, and litigation in cooperation with the firm's own solicitors. The caseload often includes cross-border matters, particularly for clients in the US and South Korea. Clients include major corporations, SMEs, and universities and other public sector bodies. CEO Paul Sanderson and chairman Jason Lumber are based in Leeds; senior partner and head of electronics Harry Hutchinson and head of medical devices Vanessa Stainthorpe in Sheffield; head of engineering Lucy Johnson, who splits her time between Newcastle and York; head of life sciences Kate Taylor in York; head of chemistry Andrew Wells in Manchester; head of oppositions and appeals Chris Moore in Birmingham; and head of energy Craig Watson in Aberdeen. Alastair Da Costa joined the firm as strategic development director in August 2019, while Gareth Probert left for EIP in February 2020.

Testimonials

‘The team are highly responsive and thorough in all of their dealings with us.’

‘Very agile and attuned to the changing world in which we live. They listen to clients and understand their needs very clearly. Not at all stuffy, yet completely on top of their game from both a legal and commercial perspective.’

‘Andrew Wells is a standout partners in the chemical and industrial field. He has in-depth knowledge of the industry, and is very commercially aware, completely on top of his game legally, and engages proactively and attentively with clients with tact, precision and promptness.’

‘Immediate awareness of the product and our markets.’

‘The HGF team are very responsive and provide clear advice. They are very professional and I feel they understand what is required from them and make the whole experience of working together enjoyable and smooth.’

‘The HGF team know our needs very well and might surprise us by advancing on solutions for our IP matters well before we are consciously aware about those possible solutions. At the same time, their approach on how to keep pushing up the quality, while minimising the expenditures, is unique. This comes from their deep knowledge of our needs and specific situation.’

‘A very responsive team with local offices able to offer a high level of client support for legal matters as well as administrative tasks.’

‘Vanessa Stainthorpe offers excellent support on all patent prosecution activities. She is talented at managing and designing a global patent portfolio strategy.’

‘A responsive team covering a broad range of technical fields. We have found it very easy to build a good working relationship so the HGF team understands our needs.’

‘The HGF team are easy to approach and deal with. The attorneys are people you can talk to and don’t talk down to you. They have a detailed understanding of what is possible through the patent and trade mark processes and work with us to maximise the value that the IP protection can deliver.’

‘The practice is unique on the basis of its wide experience in various areas of scientific development in combination with extensive experience in dealing with universities and research institutes. The services HGF can provide cater exactly for our needs.’

Key clients

SUDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Schenck Process Ltd.

Aspen Pumps Limited

Braintrain2020 Limited

Data Signals

Fresh Trading Limited (Innocent Drinks)

Accord Healthcare Limited

Toyota

AGA Rangemaster Group

Holland and Barrett International Limited

Jack Wills

Braiform (UK) Limited

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited

Poker Stars

Scientific Design

Devro Plc

Cosmo Films

Work highlights

  • Drafted and prosecuted a patent application for SUDA Pharmaceuticals Ltd relating to a new medical use of a known pharmaceutical compound, anagrelide.
  • Provided global portfolio management and strategic advice to Schenck Process Ltd.
  • Assisted Aspen Pumps Limited with identifying and protecting patentable inventions in its new products.

Maucher Jenkins

Maucher Jenkins is an established Anglo-German firm with European offices in Germany and Switzerland in addition to its four UK offices, and has successfully grown its work for Chinese clients thanks to the launch of its Shenzhen office in 2018. The firm also further increased the efficiency of its EPO practice, making its opposition and appeals teams a valuable asset in the firm's wide range of patent prosecution services. The telecoms, aviation, technology and life sciences sectors account for the majority of the firm's recent highlights. Increasingly, the team is also active in green energy and AI-related matters. Practice heads James Cross, Hugh Dunlop, Reuben Jacob, Holly Whitlock and Phil Treeby are the key contacts, all operating from the London and Farnham offices, with some practitioners also based in the Cambridge and Edinburgh offices. Tim Pendered retired at the end of 2019, and Kei Enomoto left for Hoffmann Eitle in September 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Alvin Lam; Fiona Kellas

Key clients

IAG (British Airways)

Baidu, Inc.

QUALCOMM

Teleflex Life Sciences Unlimited Company

PQ Solutions

Midea Group

Sky

Intel

Novartis

Inmarsat

Holition

Otter Controls

Ceres Power

Albion Co., Ltd.

Airport Lounge Development Ltd

Biofoodnutrition SE

Apollo & FFE (divisions of Halma Group PLC)

Capsule Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Qualcomm on the defence of opposition and nullity actions brought by Apple against patents which the team prosecuted through the EPO.
  • Secured a number of patents on behalf of British Airways, including US and European patents for the BA Sofa concept seat.
  • Secured a European patent for Holition, covering important aspects of its core technology.

Potter Clarkson LLP

Potter Clarkson LLP stands out through its geographical footprint, with offices in the UK, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. The firm's strength in opposition and appeals work and organisation in industry sector groups, including life sciences, industrial chemistry, engineering, electronics and computing, attract an impressive list of blue-chip clients, SMEs, universities and start-ups. The firm continues to evolve: Stephen Smith took over as managing partner in January 2019; former Gill Jennings & Every LLP practitioners Fiona Stevens and Peter Finnie joined the City office to bolster the firm's IP offering for start-ups and SMEs and its EPO and UKIPO credentials; and the firm launched a specialised IP consultancy service in February 2020. Technology expert Daniel Hudson also made partner in July 2019. Key contacts include Philip Thomas, Caroline Marshall, Tony Proctor, Ray Charig, Mark Didmon, David Clark, Richard BassettStephanie Pilkington, Saiful Khan, David Carling, Robert Pugh and Charlotte Crowhurst, all based in Nottingham.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Smith

Testimonials

‘The large biotech/pharma/chem team means that they have capacity when clients’ work increases. Excellent knowledge of SPC matters.’

‘Richard Bassett is pragmatic and takes a step back to work out what is needed commercially rather than automatically aiming for an academically/theoretically perfect solution.’

‘The people working at Potter Clarkson work for you as the client as if they were working as an employee of your company and not PC. They always seem to put the needs of the client first, do their best to provide what you need, think ahead, and help to guide you through the possibilities and ways out of problems, so that deciding the best course of action is not so difficult anymore.’

‘I always feel like the people working with PC have been selected based on a number of criteria: intelligence, the ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, and interest in the business of their clients and each other. Only if you work with these kind of building stones, can you create a group of people who help each other out and work together as one.’

‘Excellent technical skills, reliable for deadlines, eye for detail, just someone that you can trust to get the job done.’

‘Potter Clarkson does an excellent job of building IP portfolios not just to protect your technology, but to create a valuable asset that produces revenue. The firm has a diverse skill set, extensive experience in patent matters, provides excellent advice, and delivers a work product of a very high standard.’

Key clients

Novo Nordisk A/S

KLAW Products Limited / Gall Thomson Environmental Limited

ZollMedical Corporation /ZollCirculation Inc. /ZollLifeBridgeGmbH

PrecisionRoboticsUK Limited

HERE Global B.V.

Alligator Bioscience AB

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Lundbeck A/S

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled a long-running dispute for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc, enabling the client to develop its product pipeline.
  • Advised KLAW Products and Gall Thomson Environmental on the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications directed to its safety-critical systems and valve technology for flow control applications.
  • Assisted HERE Global B.V. with the prosecution and protection of its highly valuable patent applications in Europe.

Withers & Rogers

Withers & Rogers' core strength is the prosecution of electronics, computing and physics patents, with additional expertise in the life sciences and engineering sectors. The firm also offers a dedicated designs practice.

Abel & Imray

Abel & Imray's track record shows its experience in aerospace and defence work, the prosecution of electronics and computing patents, and advising clients from the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology sectors. Senior partner Jim Pearson is a key contact.

Beck Greener LLP

Beck Greener LLP saw an uptick in work for pharmaceutical clients, expanded existing relationships with its advanced technology clients to assist with the prosecution of physics and electronics patents, and continued to field a busy caseload in the chemical and life sciences sectors. The group assists with contentious and non-contentious matters alike and is experienced in taking over complex cases at an advanced stage. Since March 2019, the firm has had an office in Alicante in addition to its headquarters in London. Avi Freeman directs the practice.

Practice head(s):

Avi Freeman

Testimonials

‘A very capable team. They work collaboratively between themselves and with us throughout the task in hand. The quality of reporting far exceeds that I have experienced from other firms.’

‘There is a real desire to achieve results and a great level of guidance on the approaches that could be taken. The standout individuals for me would be Avi Freeman and Jon Markham as these are my main contacts, but all the team members I have dealt with are highly skilled and customer focused.’

‘Responsive, expert, friendly.’

‘Avi Freeman has exceptional tech and patent knowledge. He runs a great specialist team of associates, who always deliver top-quality work to brief and budget.’

‘Beck Greener are communicative, flexible, stable, entrepreneurial and clear.’

‘The team is always very efficient, effective and timely.’

‘Catherine Jewell is always enthusiastic and committed to our cause, and advises us in a user-friendly way as sometimes the jargon can be overwhelming.’

Key clients

FabRx

Intract Pharma

Tillotts Pharma

Flashy Limited

Bruker Daltonik

Sthaler

K-Kaps International

Work highlights

  • Advised Tillotts Pharma on the establishment of a patent portfolio for a new drug delivery technology in over 80 countries globally, in addition to successfully opposing two European patents owned by competitors.
  • Advising UCL spin-out company FabRx on establishing a patent portfolio for a technology regarding 3D printing of pharmaceuticals.
  • Advising K-Kaps on its intellectual property strategy for its fledgling technology relating to damp protection in building products and methods, including patents, design rights, trade marks, and licensing and distribution agreements.

Cleveland Scott York

Cleveland Scott York primarily assists direct UK and overseas clients with the development and implementation of patent portfolio strategies, including the drafting of originating patent applications. A standout feature is the team's experience in advising both domestic and international university technology transfer offices, including Swedish and Czech clients. London's Nick Bennett, an EPO opposition and appeals expert, and Hatfield's Alicia Instone, a chemistry specialist, made partner in October 2019. Practice heads Adrian Bradley and Fraser Brown in Reading, Andrew Mackenzie and Jonathan Midgley in Hatfield, and Tom Faulkner and Michael Williams in London are key names to note.

Other key lawyers:

Nick Bennett; Alicia Instone

Testimonials

‘Work conducted for us has always been to a very high standard and achieved in a timely manner. There has been very clear communication of the status of projects and it is always easy to get in touch with the team.’

‘Andrew Mackenzie very quickly acquired an understanding of our technologies and IP needs. He has a very personable nature and has demonstrated an ability to explain quite complex IP matters to our management team in a concise manner.’

‘CSY has a terrific team of experienced patent attorneys. They are practical and responsive, enjoyable to work with, and bring a wealth of technical and legal expertise.’

‘Adrian Bradley is an exceptional patent attorney, who is very well regarded in biotechnical patent circles and for the consultancy work he’s done for European academic institutions.’

‘CSY were extremely helpful in explaining and helping us through the steps required.’

‘Andrew Mackenzie went above and beyond in his support of us to ensure that the information that we provided was presented accurately and correct.’

Key clients

JT Consulting

Cholestenix

DFINE

Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Prague

University of West Bohemia

Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia

Federal-Mogul Powertrain

Cerulean

M Modal (3M)

Opro International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Clearpeople with a particularly complicated patent prosecution.
  • Took over Opro International’s sports mouthguard portfolio in mid-2019 and filed several new patent families.
  • Successfully obtained protection for an innovative technology in the field of nuclear reactor control for the Jozef Stefan Institute, the largest research institute in Slovenia.

Dentons

Dentons specialises in the development and implementation of sophisticated patent portfolio strategies, with a focus on tech sector clients, including numerous Cambridge-based technology players and, increasingly, direct overseas clients. The group has particular strength in software and AI patents and a successful track record in the prosecution of patents for space sector clients. As part of the wider firm's global IP platform, the team has cross-border expertise and provides comprehensive IP services. Justin Hill directs the practice. Counsel Alison Gallafent, an expert in the life sciences, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, joined from HGF Limited in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Justin Hill

Testimonials

‘The Dentons patent team provide a great combination of excellent work product and broader strategic thinking. We have a great relationship with their team. Everyone knows each other and has a good sense of each person’s expertise. The team are approachable and easy to talk with. We have a transparent fixed fee structure that provides value for money. Anything outside of the scope of this fee structure is discussed in an open way. The Dentons team are always willing to adapt to our needs and discuss accordingly.’

‘Justin Hill provides excellent commercial and strategic input.’

Key clients

ARM Holdings

Benevolent AI

Dexcom

Positec

Raytheon

Royal Mail Group

Tesla

Virgin

Starkey Labs

Work highlights

  • Managed the European patent portfolio of Raytheon Company and its various group companies.
  • Assisted Positec with the management of its patent families across Europe and provided patent risk management at business unit level.
  • Advised Tesla on general IP instructions incorporating European patent filings and EU registered design filings.

Greaves Brewster LLP

Greaves Brewster LLP demonstrates particular strength in the life sciences, but covers the full spectrum of sectors, including engineering and technology. With a growing team and experience in EPO opposition and appeals work, as well as in the management and development of large international patent portfolios, the firm is experienced in the whole range of patent prosecution services, including freedom to operate searches and due diligence. Practice heads Rhiannon Turner, Rachel Wallis, Jakob Bumke and David Spinner are all based in Cheddar, with Wallis splitting her time between the London and Cheddar office and Bumke also operating from the Bristol office.

Other key lawyers:

Kate Hillis

Testimonials

‘The relatively young but highly experienced partnership at Greaves Brewster gives it a fresh and modern look and approach that is fairly unique in the market. Though they are known for their strong life sciences and chemistry expertise, in recent years they have expanded their team to include more expertise in engineering, physics and nanotechnology.’

‘What makes Greaves Brewster an attractive proposition for in-house counsel is their focus on client care, the fact that they are user friendly and pleasant to work with, their commercial awareness, and the fact that they are a fairly diverse team and that their clients span small start-ups to multinationals.’

‘Rachel Wallis is incredibly responsive with a razor-sharp focus. She provides excellent service with measured advice and strong commercial awareness. She is a key trusted adviser – I know that she will look out for the client.’

‘Professional but personal. Active in taking an interest in the portfolio and direction of the business. Accessible and engaged.’

‘Rachel Wallis is proactive and interested. She is prepared to make sure that all issues are addressed irrespective of impact on her personal time. Kate Hillis is informed and engaged.’

‘Greaves Brewster punches above its weight. Its partner-led team is user friendly and commercial and also shows great flexibility in how it works.’

‘Jakob Bumke, Rachel Wallis and Rhiannon Turner are all standouts at Greaves Brewster.’

‘David Spinner is fantastic. His ability to communicate complex concepts in simple terms shows a real understanding of the tech. He is clearly very bright, and understands the complexities of litigation as well as the pure patent prosecution and defense strategies, which makes life so much easier. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The direct one-to-one interaction and swift responses to any of my questions is one of the most outstanding things that comes to mind about the firm.’

‘They have built strong relationships with myself and other members of my office and academic teams, which allows them to really understand the key issues we face when patenting academic inventions.’

Key clients

MilliporeSigma

P2i Ltd

Polsinelli PC

ProQR Therapeutics

Animal & Plant Health Agency – Defra (The Secretary Of State For Environment Food & Rural Affairs)

The University of Bristol

Bereskin & Parr LLP

Olin Corporation

Cytoseek

Entegris, Inc

Atlantic Therapeutics

Icescape Ltd

MARS, Incorporated

Thomas Swan & Co Ltd

Pyrocore SA

Epstein Drangel LLP

Work highlights

  • Prosecuting and defended MilliporeSigma’s growing portfolio of cases in the CRISPR technology field, involving a considerable family of cases and a growing number of multi-party oppositions.
  • Successfully secured the revocation of a European patent in the name of The Coca-Cola Company for Strawman Ltd following opposition proceedings at the EPO.
  • Performed a freedom to operate search for a biotech company covering three separate targets in preparation for new screening campaigns to find new multi-target antibody-like therapeutics.

Keltie

Keltie fields a wide-ranging caseload, with particular strength in the telecoms, medical device and engineering sectors. Patent prosecution for university spin-outs is another area of especially strong expertise.

Murgitroyd

Murgitroyd stands out for its wide European footprint, with offices in the UK, France, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Finland and Switzerland, in addition to two client service offices in the US and a patent research facility in Nicaragua. The firm acts for a large number of oil and gas sector clients and pharmaceutical companies, with particular strength in advising on SPCs. EPO and opposition appeals, utility models and designs are also key areas for the group. The Aberdeen-based James Brown heads the mechanical team while Russell Thom in Glasgow directs the life sciences and chemistry team. Head of electronics Guido Zerbi is based in Milan.

Practice head(s):

James Brown; Russell Thom

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gibb; Wendy Crosby

Testimonials

‘Strong integrity.’

‘Desire to work with the customer to resolve issues.’

‘They understand the technology and are personally interested in getting a good outcome which protects our interests.’

Key clients

Saint-Gobain Gyproc

Scot Young Research

TCS John Huxley Europe

Elixair International

Bowman Power Group

Spectrum Collections

Freedom Scientific

Wessex International Machinery

Work highlights

  • Advising Saint-Gobain Placo SAS on its complex and extensive global patent portfolio.
  • Carried out IP due diligence on the portfolio of Seaproof Solutions for takeover by Balmoral.

Slingsby Partners LLP

Slingsby Partners LLP focuses on patent prosecution for UK and European technology companies, especially from the telecoms, aerospace, automotive, materials, medical device and healthcare sectors, covering engineering, electronics and physical sciences matters. Founded in 2013 by practice head Philip Slingsby, the firm has established itself as a well-known player in the market, assisting with patent prosecution, commercialisation and litigation matters, especially for European hi-tech companies seeking assistance in the context of US patent litigation. Director Nicholas Wright, previously senior patent counsel at Imagination Technologies, joined the growing practice in November 2019.

Practice head(s):

Philip Slingsby

Testimonials

‘The team are bright and have diverse technical specialities. In particular they excel in staying on top of deadlines and keeping us informed of the state of our filings, as well as providing advice throughout prosecution.’

‘Rosalind Fenwick excels in organising and managing our portfolio by giving well-thought-through advice during our meetings and remotely, as well as staying on top of things. She fully comprehends the nature of our inventions and how they fit within the landscape. She is extremely bright and that is apparent in the high attention to detail that she is able to apply to all aspects of her work. Rosalind is an excellent patent attorney and has helped us grow our business into what it is today through careful consideration of our intellectual property.’

‘Excellent advice, responsive and detailed. Paul Roberts has been a tremendous help.’

‘They have commercial knowledge in our sector. Some individuals have moved from in-house roles which gives them a useful insight.’

‘Rosalind Fenwick is always super-organised and very highly skilled.’

‘Nick Wright has phenomenal technical knowledge.’ 

‘Knowledgeable, capable, flexible, responsive, proactive.’

‘Tony Smee is knowledgeable about our business opportunities, challenges, resources and constraints.’

‘Slingsby Partners offer a superb service in the technology space. The firm is extremely professional and helpful. They have an unrivalled expertise in many technology sectors and are extremely smart, diligent and effective.’

‘Philip Slingsby is extremely intelligent, and grasps complex, deeply technical ideas very quickly, turning them into very effective patent applications. His knowledge in the semiconductor space is extremely deep. His judgement in all matters relating to intellectual property is exceptional.’

‘Rosalind Fenwick is also top drawer – very smart with a deep understanding of physics and engineering and wholly competent at patent drafting.’

‘Flexible and understanding of the pressures and requirements of start-ups as they grow.’

‘Attention to detail, wide technical understanding, friendly yet respectful approach.’

Key clients

Imagination Technologies Limited

IDEX ASA

CMR Surgical Ltd

Mo-Sys Engineering Ltd

DolphiTech AS

Sensiia Limited

Sirius Minerals PLC

UltraSoC Technologies Ltd

EYGS LLP

Fish & Richardson PC

Howden Joinery Group Plc

Libertine FPE Ltd

Ubisense Limited

Waysure Sweden AB

Work highlights

  • Advised CMR Surgical as it continues to build its IP portfolio, handling a portfolio that numbers almost 500 cases with over 100 patent families.
  • Handled technically varied and complex drafts for a global telecoms provider that were frequently urgent and/or standards-related.
  • Successfully opposed a competitor’s patent with broad claims to a fingerprint sensor in a smart card for IDEX ASA.

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

Swindell & Pearson Ltd primarily acts for SMEs, but also counts major international corporations, academic institutions and start-ups as its clients. The team is well versed in cutting-edge patent prosecution, including AI, autonomous vehicles, telecoms standards and blockchain, with services covering the development and implementation of patent portfolios, including the drafting of patent applications, representation in contentious proceedings, and the conduct of audits and due diligence in the context of corporate transactions. The Derby-based Paul Higgin is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Higgin

Testimonials

‘High-quality work product. Very competitive fee schedule.’

‘Swindell’s practice delivers excellent, cost-efficient patent advice.’

‘Scott Harrison has a careful eye for detail and excellent judgement.’

‘They always clearly detail the technicalities of the process and the pros and cons of any proposed action. This give a clear decision-making framework to make technical and commercial decisions for our business.’

‘Attention to detail, responsiveness and pragmatism.’

‘Swindell & Pearson are extremely service oriented. They make working with you so easy. They anticipate the relevant questions and are armed with answers.’

‘Scott Harrison is terrific. He is smart and thoughtful in his approach. For US applicants, he is extremely familiar with US practice and is able to explain the UK practice in terms that make sense.’

‘A wealth of experience, good reputation, friendly and welcoming approach, and detailed attention to the needs of our business.’

‘Tim Gilbert is extremely customer focused, open to feedback and responsive to our requests. Our positive experience of S&P has so much to do with the way he has personally managed our account. We are most grateful for his attention to detail and his prompt actions, which have kept us on track over the past few years.’

‘Scott Harrison is very professional, knowledgeable and competent in his field. He remained calm, confident and looked for compromise in a way that both maintained and enhanced our professional relationship.’

‘Simon Foster is extremely bright, technically excellent and always on hand with commercially sound advice. Also, he responds to any queries raised very quickly – in a litigation context, this is invaluable.’

‘Paul Higgin provides excellent advice for us and makes himself available to engage with our team and inventors. He considers some tricky points of law and provides not only recommendations, but clear reasoning and helpful advice too.’

‘Paul Higgin’s calming influence is invaluable. He has seen it all before, he has dealt with many critical situations before and he has overseen our process with great knowledge. He is a top guy.’

Key clients

Nokia Technologies

Jaguar Land Rover

Accenture

North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC)

ViaSat

T-Mobile USA

Work highlights

  • Advised Nokia Technologies on the protection of technology patents.
  • Advised Jaguar Land Rover on patents that protect its UK-based technology innovation.
  • Advised Accenture on patent protection in Europe.

UDL Intellectual Property

UDL Intellectual Property's key sectors are the automotive, green tech, life sciences, telecoms, software, and chemistry and materials sectors, including patents covering battery technologies, cannabis products, cybersecurity products and blockchain technology. In a strong testament to the firm's wide-ranging patent prosecution offering, the team's client roster includes many large international companies and SMEs as longstanding clients. The Leeds-based Alan Fiddes and the London-based Alison Simpson are the joint managing partners. Cerian Jones left the firm in February 2020 to set up as an independent consultant.

Practice head(s):

Alan Fiddes; Alison Simpson

Testimonials

‘Really helpful in all aspects.’

‘Great understanding of our product.’

‘I have found the team at UDL very helpful in providing cost-effective strategies to address our IP challenges. They have a commercial and proactive outlook. I am always surprised at their technological depth and their ability to grasp the bigger picture.’

‘The team at UDL are professional, responsive and user-friendly. They combine sound and clear practical advice with subject matter expertise and in-depth industry knowledge. I have been impressed by the level of partner involvement, quick response times and transparency with fees. They have been and will continue to be our trusted adviser.’

‘Karen Fraser is one of the most impressive patent attorneys I’ve worked with. She is technically strong and her background in technology provides for strategic, tactical and pragmatic advice. She is a problem-solver, responsive, proactive and user-friendly. Her advice is clear, succinct and meets with our commercial and business goals.’

‘UDL has strong experience and understanding of software and hardware technology patents and IP.’

‘Andrew Alton took us through our patent application from first description to final submission. Andrew was very competent and experienced and this made our application go smoothly. Andrew’s technical understanding in software and hardware made the process much easier.’

‘Excellent breadth of knowledge and capabilities covering a range of technical expertise. Easy to work with.’

‘The individuals I work with are extremely professional. I’m always impressed by how quickly they are able to grasp the technical aspects of inventions and identify the key elements that will lead to a successful patent. I’d like to give particular mention to Martin Neilson.’

Key clients

AC Innovations Ltd

Adder Technology Ltd

Aesthetic Technology Limited

AFL Hyperscale

Aflex Hose Ltd

Apollo Endosurgery Inc

Aquapoint Systems Limited

Axscend Limited

Beattie Passive Build System Ltd

Belron International Limited

Benchmark Holdings Plc (Benchmark Animal Health Limited, Benchmark Genetics Limited, FVG Limited, Fish Vet Group Norge AS, National Research Council of Canada, Tomalgae CVBA)

Bison Security Products Ltd

Brandon Medical Co Ltd

British Engines Group

Bruce Green Ltd

Capital Refractories Ltd

Carding Specialists (Canada) Ltd

Carr’s Group

Cleva UK Limited

Cantor Colburn LLP

Collingwood Lighting Limited

Concept Data Display Limited

Colourtone Masterbatch Ltd

Cranfield University

Delphi

E & E Co Ltd

Eclipse Magnetics Limited

Endura Ltd

Escape Fitness

Evince Technology Ltd

Excelerate

Extract Technology Ltd

Floreon-Transforming Packaging Ltd

FPA Patent Attorneys

GBUK Group

Genuine JayJays

Great North Research and Innovation Ltd

Ground-Guards Ltd

HellermanTyton

Howard & Howard

HPC Healthline Limited

Icon Health & Fitness Inc

Konica Minolta, Inc.

Kuhn Geldrop BV

Larkfleet Limited

Laser Wire Solutions

Latchways PLC and MSA

Lear Corporatio

Lifecare Innovations

MSA Technology LLC

MTK Global

MyPinPad Limited

Nanoflex Limited

nChain Holdings Limited

Niftylift Ltd

Olympus Automation

Oxford University Innovation Ltd

Palintest Ltd

Paraytec Limited

Pennine Industrial Equipment Ltd

Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co Ltd

Prospec Limited

Pyrotek Engineering Materials Ltd

Q-Flo Limited

Renolit Cramlington Limited

Roche Diagnostics

Rockfield Software Limited

Rolf C Hagen (UK) Ltd

Ruskinn Technology

Sheffield Hallam University

Sidhil Ltd

SIG Plc

Soil Machine Dynamic Ltd

Solarmass Energy Group

Sovex Ltd

Speciality Medical Devices Limited

Stannah Stairlifts

Tower Cold Chain Solutions

Trio Healthcare Limited

Ultimate Design Solutions Limited

United Aerospace Ltd

University of Leeds

University of Sheffield

Wabash National LP

Waxman Fibres Limited

Xiros Limited

Zeroshift Transmissions Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Benchmark Holdings Plc with global patent procurement, opposition, appeal and advisory work relating to animal health, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, genetics and sustainable food production.
  • Obtained global patent protection for Floreon-Transforming Packaging Ltd for different generations of environmentally friendly, fully compostable and high-performing bio-plastics.
  • Assisted Georgia Tech Research Corporation with patenting a key enabling technology of 5G implementation which, because of its relation to complex mathematics, is usually seen as abstract and non-technical before the EPO.

Wilson Gunn

Wilson Gunn assists with the full range of patent prosecution, with the automotive, education, food technology and healthcare sectors as the firm's mainstays. The group's design practice is another core pillar. Most of the team's work comes from the successful building of direct client relationships with UK and overseas clients. One of the most established firms in the market, the group is especially present in the North West, but also has an office in London. Practice heads Mark Goodwin and James Robey in Manchester are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Goodwin; James Robey

Testimonials

‘A small but well-resourced team of professionals. Very knowledgeable in our particular field of interest, and always go the extra mile in order to protect our intellectual property.’

‘James Robey and Mark Jolly are great communicators, easy to contact, and they always provide timely and detailed feedback. I particularly appreciate their clear guidance in reviewing new inventions.’

‘Wilson Gunn have proven time and time again that they are wholly reliable, efficient and experts in their field. They communicate in a very informative and digestible way, making patent portfolio management, prosecution and maintenance very straightforward, despite its inherent complexities.’

‘David Slattery has an outstanding ability to translate highly complex technical matters into an understandable. David is always very through, patient and clear. We know we can trust the advice he gives us. He understands our technology, our business needs and our future goals. David is always available to assist us and his response time is second to none. We get an exceptional, high-value service from Wilson Gunn.’

‘The team is genuinely user friendly, down to earth and cost conscious. They are very mindful that clients don’t have an unlimited budget and work with them to get maximum coverage for a budget price.’

‘Michael Douglas stands out for his user-friendliness: he is down to earth and service orientated.’

‘James Robey is technically excellent.’

‘David Slattery has particular expertise with technology-related patents.’

Key clients

Bentley Motors

Biocomposites

Clear Edge Group

Coats Group plc

Hubbell

Mondelez International

PZ Cussons

Tangle Teezer

University of Nottingham

Videregen

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bentley Motors with seeking patent protection for features of its new mascot retraction feature and secured the grant of patents for the complex Bentley Rotating Display.
  • Advised Tangle Teezer on the continued management and enforcement of its patent portfolio for its innovative hair brushes.
  • Assisted Mondelez International with a patent filing program for a global disruptive product launch.

Adamson Jones IP Ltd

Adamson Jones IP Ltd fields a particularly strong caseload in the life sciences and medical device sectors, but has also expanded its offering to include fields such as telecoms and engineering. UK SMEs account for a significant portion of its client base, as do start-ups and university spin-outs. The practice is led by Nicholas Ferrar in Leicester and Simon Cooper in Nottingham, where biochemistry and genetics expert David Gwilliam was promoted to director and chemistry specialist Jenny Vaughan made partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Simon Cooper; Nicholas Ferrar

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Vaughan; David Gwilliam

Testimonials

‘Nicholas Ferrar is super. He is practical, really interested in the nuts and bolts of the patents themselves, and has great experience both in house and in private practice. His team is really efficient and responsive and has made my job a lot easier by providing much-needed clarity.’

‘Nic Ferrar makes it all simple, and is very proactive in his advice but not overbearingly so. A great business partner to have.’

‘Always professional but easy to interact with.’

‘One of the key strengths of the team at Adamson Jones is the ability to provide detailed legal advice in the context of the commercial requirements and position of the client. There is a keen awareness of clients having usable IP, rather than having IP for IP’s sake, and where the scope of patents or designs might be limited, they will highlight this, which is extremely useful.’

‘With all of the people we deal with at Adamson Jones, there is a feeling that they are working with us, rather than for us. Their commercial understanding is part of this, but also their willingness to make themselves available at short notice to discuss cases and issues. Simon Cooper deserves a special mention – his advice is always detailed, considered, relevant and clear.’

Key clients

Intersurgical Ltd

Brightwake Ltd

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Caldan Therapeutics

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

AF Global Brands Ltd

Wrays

Millitec Food Systems Ltd

Lancaster University

Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC

Work highlights

  • Provided a wide variety of ongoing patent support for Intersurgical Ltd.
  • Assisted AF Global Brands Ltd with strategic patent portfolio management.
  • Advising Brightwake Ltd on high-value European patent opposition work, involving coordination of commercial IP aspects with solicitors.

Forresters

Forresters assists with contentious and non-contentious work across a broad range of sectors, including life sciences, technology and engineering.

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP significantly bolstered its patent prosecution offering with the acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing, which also expanded its client base to include a number of academic institutions, SMEs and multinationals. The practice assists with the full range of patent prosecution services, from drafting to portfolio management, enforcement and commercialisation. Key sectors include technology, engineering, life sciences and chemistry. Dominic Farnsworth and Thomas Gaunt, who joined from Ablett & Stebbing alongside Graham Ablett and chemicals and chemical manufacturing expert Paul Williams, head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Farnsworth; Thomas Gaunt

Other key lawyers:

Graham Ablett; Paul Williams

Testimonials

‘Tom Gaunt is a great communicator and very well connected.’

‘Tom Gaunt is a calm, level-headed and smart IP lawyer who can also think outside of the box.’

Key clients

Sainsburys, Argos, Habitat, Nectar

Britvic

Aptiv

TDK Handles

Intellectual Ventures

Robot Macdonald

Orsted

Work highlights

  • Assisted Britvic with the management of its global patent portfolio.
  • Assisted Orsted with its international patent application filings.
  • Assisted Aptiv with patent prosecution services.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons established its patent prosecution practice in the UK with the arrival of Kevin Cordina from CMS in May 2018. Cordina's practice fits  well into the firm's existing IP platform, both in transactional and litigation matters, and he is regularly involved in complex cross-border matters. The electronics, telecoms and medical device sectors are particularly busy areas of work.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Cordina

Testimonials

‘The team at Simmons & Simmons are clearly fully dedicated and adaptive to their clients. Their main strength is reactiveness, which is key when it comes to intellectual property matters in our activity field.’

‘Over the past five years, the individuals from the prosecution division of Simmons & Simmons have established a very close relationship with us to understand our IP strategy.’

‘The quality of their work is undoubtedly at the highest level given the quite short timeline we usually grant to them.’

Key clients

Acelity/3M

TCL

Tactual Labs

Natura

Universal Electronics

Focus Sensors

Gilo Industries

Cathay Pacific

Fontem

Serenity Pharmaceuticals

ASML

QVision Technology

Michel Forko

Teleflex Medical

Netradyne

Gorilla Technology

Unified Post

Littoral

Work highlights

  • Acted as 3M/Acelity’s sole patent service provider for its woundcare division and, additionally, assisted the client with the full contentious strategy regarding oppositions, revocation actions, and licensing.
  • Represented Serenity Pharmaceuticals in EPO opposition proceedings defending its patent to desmopressin acetate compositions against competitor Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised TCL on the creation and implementation of an innovative filing strategy to rapidly build its patent portfolio of standard-essential patents for 5G.