Profile > Withers & Rogers > Leamington Spa, England

Withers & Rogers
CV32 5AE


Withers & Rogers is a modern, progressive, responsive and growing business with a prestigious heritage. One of the largest intellectual property firms in Europe, its clients include many renowned, innovative organisations from across Europe, North America and Asia.

The firm: Withers & Rogers was originally established in 1884 and has since grown to include over 70 patent and trade mark professionals.

A truly international practice, it has five offices including London, Bristol, Leamington Spa, Sheffield and an office in Munich near the seat of the European Patent Office. 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.

Withers & Rogers has many long-standing clients both domestic and overseas; it is privileged to represent many prestigious international, brand-focused and innovative companies, as well as dynamic SMEs and leading academic institutions. These include such companies as Vitrolife AB, Attana AB, Covidien, Warwick Ventures, Stapleford Scientific Services Ltd, Aston University, CSIRO – Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Futura Medical, Food Service Concepts (a Division of Alan Nuttall Ltd), King’s College London Business Ltd, i2r Packaging Solutions Limited, P&B Weir Electrical, Dragon Plastics Ltd, McCain Foods, Mulberry Design Limited, Akzo Nobel, Ginsters, Man Group Plc, and Goodrich. Although based in Europe, it maintains an established worldwide network of contacts including both trusted foreign intellectual property law firms and direct clients.

Types of work undertaken: Withers & Rogers operates in four principal practice groups: electronics, computing and physics; advanced engineering; life sciences and chemistry; and trade marks, which are represented across all of the offices. It also has a number of specialist practice groups including higher education; clean technology; medical devices; and aerospace and defence. The firm provides clients with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the right balance of skills and experience to deliver commercial solutions for patents, trade marks, designs, litigation and renewals.

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. Alongside this, it provides proactive support functions that help clients keep track of their IP, stay on top of maintenance, and stay in control of cost.

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 also provides litigation services and is one of the most active firms in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC), formerly known as the Patents County Court. Specialists in the contentious practice group have experience of conducting litigation at the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Patents County Court. The firm was the first ever patent attorney litigators to win at the Court of Appeal, in Vector Corporation v Glatt Air Techniques, Inc [2008] RPC 10.

Withers & Rogers also 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. In addition, it is a one-stop shop for support services including patent mapping, invention management, due diligence, records, and translations.

Other offices: Bristol, Leamington Spa, Sheffield, Munich

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Karl Barnfather
Practice director Richard Bunn
Advanced engineering Dave Croston
Electronics, computing and physics Nick Wallin
Life sciences and chemistry Adrian Tombling
Trade marks Fiona McBride
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Karl Barnfather  photo Dr Karl Barnfather
 Russell Barton  photo Russell Barton
 Dave Croston  photo Dave Croston
 Ben Dempster  photo Ben Dempster
 David Elsy  photo David Elsy
 James Gray  photo James Gray
 John Jones  photo John Jones
Number of UK partners : 27
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43