Withers & Rogers > Warwick, England > Firm Profile

Withers & Rogers
CV34 4BE

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 2

With offices in London, Paris and Munich, Withers & Rogers has demonstrable experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as acting before the UKIPO and EPO in opposition and appeal proceedings, and is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s litigation practice. The sizeable electronics, computing and physics team, which is led by London-based Nick Wallin, acts for a range of domestic and multinational clients, including telecoms providers, software companies, consumer electronics manufacturers, research departments and technology transfer companies of universities in the UK, to name a few. Led by Munich-based Adrian Tombling, the life sciences and chemistry group counts matters in the chemical, biochemical and pharmaceutical sectors in its workload, while the engineering team, which is led by Dave Croston in Leamington Spa, counts US and Japan-based automotive suppliers, medical device manufacturers and European-based aerospace suppliers among its key roster of clients. Bristol-based Richard Worthington heads up the firm’s designs practice.

Practice head(s):

Dave Croston; Nick Wallin; Adrian Tombling; Richard Worthington

Other key lawyers:

Karl Barnfather; Stuart Latham

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

With offices across the UK, and in Paris and Munich, Withers & Rogers remains one of the most active filers of UK and EU trade marks and, on account of the in-house experience of its team members, the team is well-placed to manage the portfolios of multinational corporations and UK-based companies. With demonstrable experience across the fashion, retail, jewellery, food and beverage, cosmetics and consumer electronics sectors, the team’s caseload includes clearance searches, as well as opposition proceedings and cancellation actions. In the firm’s Bristol office, chair Fiona McBride leads the team, which includes key contacts Marisa Broughton, and London-based Tania Clark and Mark Caddle.

Practice head(s):

Fiona McBride

Withers & Rogers is one of Europe’s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms, with offices across the UK, Paris and Munich.  Established more than 130 years ago, the firm remains as passionate as ever about making intellectual property work to the clients’ best advantage. Today, clients include many renowned, innovative organisations from across Europe, North America and Asia.

Specialist teams: Withers & Rogers has four core practice groups

  • Advanced engineering
  • Electronics, computing and physics
  • Life sciences and chemistry
  • Trade marks

The firm has an outstanding breadth and depth of experience and expertise, with over 100 patent and trade mark professionals. In addition to the practice groups above, the firm has a number of specialist sector groups, enabling it to pool industry knowledge and bring added value for its clients.

All of Withers & Rogers’ patent and trade mark attorneys are selected on the basis of excellent academic achievement and industry knowledge. They, along with the firm’s registered design attorneys, advise on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights for inventions, brands, and designs. Withers & Rogers has extensive commercial and industrial experience, and the team’s technical expertise spans all major technologies.

A comprehensive service: Withers & Rogers offers a comprehensive service that extends to both securing IP rights – such as patents, trade mark and design registrations for the UK, Europe and further afield – and advising on their exploitation and enforcement.

Withers & Rogers is most renowned for its work in strategic IP. The firm builds strategies for clients that embrace critical areas like innovation culture, due diligence, freedom to operate, invention management, and patent mapping, to name but a few. The firm has experience of advising clients on implementing working strategies to maximise commercial gain from inventions, while keeping costs to a minimum. A number of its clients require a flexible approach to handling their portfolios, including maintaining their databases for them.

Withers & Rogers Renewals, a sister firm of Withers & Rogers, handles renewals on behalf of its clients, enabling them to devote more time to other parts of their business. The renewals team serves a global client base across a huge variety of industries and the network of local patent attorneys and renewal agents around the world gives it a truly global reach.

Alongside this, the firm provides proactive support functions that help clients keep track of their IP, stay on top of maintenance, and stay in control of cost. This ensures clients receive a service that delivers both technical excellence and commercial insight.

International by nature: A truly international practice, Withers & Rogers maintains an established worldwide network of contacts including both trusted foreign intellectual property law firms and direct clients.

As well as filing and prosecuting applications at the European and UK Patent Offices, the Munich office enables the firm to act before the German Patent Office, so it can act as a single point of contact for three of the key patent granting authorities in Europe.

With attorneys fluent in the key official European languages, together with the Munich and Paris offices, Withers & Rogers is ideally positioned to work with any European jurisdiction.

Chair, Trade Marks Fiona McBride
Electronics, computing and physics Karl Barnfather
Advanced engineering Dave Croston
Electronics, computing and physics Nick Wallin
Life sciences and chemistry Adrian Tombling
Karl Barnfather photoDr Karl BarnfatherPartner Karl Barnfather is a senior member of the Electronics, Computing &…
Russell Barton photo Russell BartonPartner Russell Barton is a patent attorney in the Electronics, Computing &…
Diego Black photoDr Diego BlackPartner Diego Black is a patent attorney in the Electronics, Computing &…
Dave Croston photo Dave CrostonPartner and head of the Advanced Engineering group Dave Croston is a…
David Elsy photo David ElsyPartner David Elsy is a patent attorney in the Life Sciences &…
James Gray photo James GrayPartner James Gray is patent attorney in the Advanced Engineering group. He…
Christopher Range photo Christopher RangePartner Christopher is a patent attorney in the Advanced Engineering group. Christopher…
Number of partners : 30
Number of other fee-earners : 55

Diversity & Inclusion – Leadership Statement

Our commitment to an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity is key to us attracting, retaining and engaging our people. This engagement leads to enhanced personal and professional performance and is the reason why diversity and inclusion is key to our culture.

Our Promise

We believe in a diverse working environment where everybody feels included and valued. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining people from all walks of life and backgrounds. We promise to create a culture of inclusion where all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, can enjoy a good work-life balance, and have the opportunity to excel in their chosen career. We all have the responsibility to create and sustain an inclusive environment.

We will

  • Find and nurture role models within our business to inspire and mentor under-represented groups
  • Engage our people in defining and implementing our approach to diversity and inclusion by establishing a representative volunteer group from each of our locations (Diversity & Inclusion team) to help set direction, drive our approach and deliver actions.
  • Training mental health first aiders and offering our people confidential personal assistance 24/7 via our employee assistance programme
  • Attract and retain people from diverse talent pools by, supporting and encouraging diverse employee interest groups and offering flexible working arrangements
  • Encourage a culture where people feel enabled to challenge inappropriate and excluding behaviour
  • Equip managers to lead and motivate diverse teams by providing inclusion education and training opportunities
  • Ensure that our leadership is supportive of diverse perspectives and is transparent, communicative, and engaging
  • Support external Employee Resource Groups and Diversity Networks
  • Ensure that Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, actions, and results are transparent to everyone

Through the implementation of transparent policies, practices and procedures, we have due regard to our duties under the Equality Act 2010, and to the protected characteristics [1] detailed in the Act. We seek to fulfil this commitment by ensuring that our policies, training and development reflect the principles laid down in this statement, as well as our obligations under the law.

To achieve our objectives, we need sustained commitment from everyone in the Firm; please contact a member of the ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ team if you would like to help.