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Boult Wade Tennant LLP
Salisbury Square House
8 Salisbury Square

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

Operating offices across the UK, Germany, and Spain, Boult Wade Tennant LLP is well-placed to advise on pan-European mandates, evidenced by one client praising it is ‘a go-to firm in Europe’. In particular, the team is noted for its expertise in infringement and validity advice. London-based Tessa Bucks helms the firm’s engineering and designs practice, while Nina White chairs the biotechnology and life science department, working with a diverse client roster which includes SMEs and university start-ups. Adrian Hayes leads the chemical and materials group from Reading; both he and Rohan Setna (based in London) frequently appear in opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Oliver Rutt, also in London, is another key name in this area, as is Jonathan Palmer, who heads up the high-tech and electrical group.

Practice head(s):

Nina White; Tessa Bucks; Oliver Rutt; Jonathan Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Hayes; Rohan Setna; Daniel Weston; Matthew Spencer; Michelle Pratt; Neil Thomson; Martyn Draper; Marcus Sims; Jason Pelly; Jo Pelly


‘Neil Thomson and Daniel Weston are very easy to deal with; responsive, informal, down to earth, don’t waste time, and succinct advice.’

‘Rohan Setna is very strong on oppositions and needs minimum verbal direction from us as the client to perform very strongly.’

‘Matthew Spencer is a skilled patent attorney with a very good technical understanding of the antibody field. He consistently provides insightful advice and takes into account the business context.’

‘What I really like about the Boult team is their proactive approach. I know that these individuals will never take any action for granted. They will voice their expert opinion in order to maximise the breadth of the IP while being extra sensitive with costs, especially with start-ups.’

‘Matthew Spencer has superb understanding and provides excellent advice regarding complex pharmaceutical patent situations.’

‘A consistent, constant team which has been in place for years which knows each other’s strengths well and knows our business very well. The team has been instrumental in helping us focus on the strategic development of our IP roadmap.’

‘Compared to other firms, BWT sets itself apart through a forward-thinking mindset, embracing new technology and fostering a culture of collaboration that promotes constant improvement and client satisfaction.’

‘Boult is a go-to firm in Europe. The Boult team is super professional and honest. Its a true pleasure to work with them.’

Key clients

Abcam Plc

Arecor Therapeutics

Koninklijke Douwe Egberts B.V.

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation

Paragraf Limited

United Kingdom Research and Innovation, STFC at the Rutherford Appleton and Daresbury laboratories

52 North Health

Caterpillar Inc.

Iceotope Group Limited


TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 1

Boult Wade Tennant LLP has offices across the UK, Germany, and Spain, with a new office in Munich, and this ensures the firm is well-positioned to provide a seamless European trade mark offering to its clients. The practice handles the filing of trade mark applications, protection of large portfolios, and brand protection matters, as well as representing clients before the UKIPO and EPO in prosecution and defending opposition and prosecuting appeals. Rachel Conroy sits at the helm of the department. Emma Pitcher assists clients in India, while Catherine Wolfe has expertise in advising clients in China. In team news, Emily Scott and Connor Thorogood were both promoted to the partnership in November 2022, while Michael Mair joined a German IP firm Nordemann in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Conroy

Other key lawyers:

Emma Pitcher; Catherine Wolfe; Tony Pluckrose; Anusha Arunasalam; Felicity Hide; Michael Maier; Connor Thorogood; Emily Scott


‘Anusha Arunasalam stands out amongst other partner level trademark practitioners as she is responsive, provides excellent advice efficiently, proactively considers the implications of the options for proceeding, and knows the questions that should be asked and answers those in order to give complete advice and recommendations.’

Felicity Hide is a superstar in the field of trademarks in the UK and EU. For “bet the company” types of trademark matters, she is my go-to practitioner. Her knowledge, analysis and reasoning far surpass others in the industry. She has excellent writing skills combined with superior oral communication with Examiners and opposing counsel. Felicity is also a wonderful human being that cares about her clients and as a result develops lasting relationships.’

‘Clients love Tony Pluckrose for his enthusiasm for the practice and his excellent abilities to distill complex matters down into understandable options for clients.’

Rachel Conroy is a gem, providing superb advice and management of trademark matters.’

‘Tony Pluckrose is the consummate professional and a real gentleman (in every sense of the word). Tony leads the trade mark team who support us in managing our global trade mark portfolio and Tony’s style is evident in the work that team produces and the service they provide to us. Tony’s years of experience, insight and connections always provide us with excellent advice on a range of trade mark scenarios, most of which he has dealt with in his career and can draw on past experience to provide tailored advice to suit our needs.’

Tony Pluckrose and the team he has trained may be relied upon to achieve outstanding results in matters of all types. In addition, they are genuinely good people. Of particular note are Rachel Conroy, who leads the trade marks team, and Catherine Wolfe, who is one of the firm’s most experienced partners.  Both Rachel and Catherine are really excellent – providing timely and fantastic legal advice on complex issues.  I would not hesitate to refer clients to them both (and do so frequently).’

‘I think very highly of Tony Pluckrose and Emma Pitcher. I particularly value their thoughtful and team player approach to cases.  I also rate very highly the super experienced Catherine Wolfe and young but very able Connor Thorogood.  They are all very bright and knowledgeable.

‘The BWT trade mark cohort are brilliant.’

Key clients

Standard International Management, LLC

Compassion, Inc.

Spel Products

Bauer Radio


John Guest International

Corporation and Reliance Worldwide Corporation

Atmos Nation LLC


International Drinks

Beckman Coulter

Move AI

Chapel Down

Pink Floyd

Boult Wade Tennant is one of Europe’s leading IP firms, with established offices based in the UK, Germany and Spain. Since 1894 clients have trusted us with their most important asset, their intellectual property.

Choosing a new adviser is a big decision. Whatever the IP challenge, we have the team to help. We have over 90 patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and lawyers, spread across three European countries. We can therefore provide you with advice at both a European level and nationally in the UK, Germany and Spain. Whichever route you use to access our services: whether working through our UK, German or Spanish team, you will benefit from the same exceptional service levels underpinned by unique local knowledge and professional expertise. The firm is known internationally for its quality of communication, proactivity, creativity and high standards in all matters. The attorneys have broad-based technical knowledge and well-developed commercial acumen, and are creative in their approach.

The firm has four patent groups which are divided by technologies: biotechnology and life sciences; chemical and materials; engineering and designs; and hi-tech and electrical. The fifth group is the trade mark and domain names group. The firm also has a range of professional in-house support functions, including a sizeable formalities and renewals department and a search department.

Our patents and designs groups have significant experience working with large corporate organizations, from banks to pharmaceutical companies. We also act for many smaller and medium sized business, Government bodies, academic institutions, research laboratories and individual inventors. The firm has handled hundreds of European Patent Office oppositions and appeals with an enviable success rate. All technical groups have extensive experience in drafting original patent specifications, IP portfolio management, handling oppositions, advising on infringement and enforcement matters. Boult Wade Tennant also offers a range of additional services, including providing freedom to operate opinions, carrying out IP due diligence exercises, recording assignments and licences, managing the transfer of large incoming portfolios, patent searching services, competitor watching services, in-house renewals and translation services.

Our trade mark and domain name team offer maximum efficiency and an effortless service to clients. They can act as a central point for all your brand protection, IP matters and data management. This includes providing strategic advice, assistance with planning and budgeting, brand evaluation, trade mark clearance and filing, representation relating to contentious trade mark and design matters, competitor analysis, IP intelligence, advice concerning licensing, IP audits and other services such as workflow management. We advise on the full spectrum of brand related IP matters, this includes the contentious and non-contentious aspects of trade marks and brands, domain names, copyright, social media, designs and trade secrets. We provide advice on the acquisition of trade mark related IP rights, licensing agreements, and distribution agreements, as well as copyright, unfair competition law and we offer litigation support in the German Courts and at EU level, The General Court and The European Court of Justice.

Boult Wade Tennant ranked in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2023 survey

We are delighted to be ranked in The Sunday Times Best Places to Work 2023 survey (medium organisations) and highly recommended as a place to work for ethnic minority employees.

Boult Wade Tennant LLP’s London team has moved

Boult Wade Tennant LLP’s London team has moved to a new office location.

Salisbury Square House is a bright and flexible space offering clients and staff alike an improved working environment and new facilities. 

We are very pleased to announce that our Trade Mark group have been ranked in the top tier of the 20

Managing Partner and Head of the Trade Mark and Domain Names practice group John Wallace commented ”This is a tremendous result for the firm. It demonstrates the calibre of our team here at Boult Wade Tennant. We have great people across the practice groups and support teams who make it possible for us to continue to be a leading firm. It is very rewarding for us to be recognised by an independent source such as MIP - what a great way to start this year especially as we are celebrating . This year the firm celebrates our 125th anniversary”.

Boult Wade Tennant opens in Berlin, Germany

Boult Wade Tenant is delighted to announce the opening of the Berlin office.

Celebrating 125 years of Boult Wade Tennant!

This year, 2019, we are delighted to be celebrating the 125th anniversary of Boult Wade Tennant.

New Partner announcement

Boult Wade Tennant are delighted to announce the promotion of Susi Fish to Partner, effective as of 1 November 2017.

Boult Wade Tennant ‘highly recommended’ by IAM 1000

We are pleased to announce that Boult Wade Tennant has again been listed as ‘highly recommended’ in IAM Patent 1000’s ‘The world’s leading patent professionals 2017’ annual review. As well as this, two senior team members have been listed as ‘highly recommended individuals: prosecution’, which is both a personal achievement and one that reflects the hard work and dedication of the teams with which they work.

The IAM guide aims to identify the leading patent professionals in key jurisdictions across the globe. The list is the result of five months of detailed research involving interviews and surveys with thousands of private practice lawyers and attorneys. The named practitioners have received high praise and recommendations from both peers and clients alike.

On the inclusion, Senior Partner Nick Mcleish commented “I am delighted to see

Boult Wade Tennant ranked so highly by this prestigious directory. We are extremely proud to read that our clients praise our work and comment that ‘everything you see from Boult Wade Tennant screams high quality’. To also have so many of our individuals recognised further demonstrates the firm’s continued approach to offering innovative and practical advice to the widest range of clients and is evidence of the exceptional client service we strive to provide.”

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Boult Wade Tennant Partner recognised in Managing Intellectual Property STARS Top 250 Women in IP

Boult Wade Tennant Partner, Catherine Wolfe, has been listed within the 2017 edition of Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) STARS Top 250 Women in IP for a second year running. She is one of only 20 selected from the UK.