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Boult Wade Tennant LLP
Salisbury Square House
8 Salisbury Square

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

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


Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.

Irdeto B.V.


The Almac Group

Argenx BVBA

Alpha Assembly Solutions, Inc.

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 1

Having opened offices in Madrid and Berlin in 2018 and 2019, Boult Wade Tennant LLP further expanded in continental Europe with the launch of its Frankfurt office in early 2020. The team continued to grow its trade mark filing practice, especially in the UK but also at the EUIPO and internationally, not least thanks to its successful win of several major new clients. With a number of country desks, including the particularly significant India and China desks, the group is an excellent choice for complex cross-border work. The team assists with the full spectrum of trade mark services, including the management and development of large international trade mark portfolios and assistance in high-stakes trade mark infringement and passing off matters, domain name disputes, and design and copyright matters. The London-based John Wallace is the head of the practice. Charlotte Duly joined Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in November 2019.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Bauer Media Group

Lloyd’s of London

BNY Mellon

Fortnum & Mason

Liberty London

Gusto Telecom Ltd

John Guest International

H Huntsman & Sons Ltd

V&A Museum

W Series

The Boots Company PLC

L’Escargot (Soho) Ltd

Newton Management Ltd

Walter Scott & Partners Ltd

The Board of The Pension Protection Fund

Sony Corporation


oneWorld alliance

Fastpay Associates


Help for Heroes

Boult Wade Tennant LLP is a specialist patent and trade mark firm. It exists to help individuals and businesses protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property rights on a global scale. The firm continues to be internationally recognised as one of the leading UK firms of chartered patent attorneys, chartered trade mark attorneys and European patent and trade mark attorneys. Boult Wade Tennant achieves top rankings in The Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, Chambers and Partners, World Trade Mark Review 1000 and Intellectual Asset Management 1000 consistently.

The firm: Boult Wade Tennant is a forward-thinking, dynamic and innovative firm that is considered by its peers and clients as being at the forefront of its practice areas. The firm looks after the multi-jurisdictional IP issues of major industrial and commercial companies worldwide, as well as portfolio management for a wide range of small and medium-sized enterprises, academic institutions, and independent research and development organisations. 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.

Established in 1894, Boult Wade Tennant has a long track record of helping to protect and commercialise innovations and brands, and is dedicated to providing excellent client service. The world-renowned patent and trade mark teams comprise attorneys who are recognised leaders of their fields and who employ ambitious and innovative strategies to maximise the value of IP.

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 renewals department and a search department.

Additionally, the attorneys play an important role in shaping UK, European and international IP law through their active participation in bodies such as: The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA); Institute of Professional Representatives; International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); International Trade Mark Association (INTA); UNION of European Patent Practitioners; and many others. It is membership and participation in these bodies that demonstrates the firm’s thought leadership credentials.

Boult Wade Tennant offers a voluntary vacation scheme and provides a structured internal training programme for trainees. The firm has an excellent track record in the qualification rates among its trainees in the CIPA, EPO and CITMA professional exams.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s quality provision of services to clients is at the core of its working culture. Boult Wade Tennant prides itself on the strong relationships it develops with long-term clients and much of its work comes through recommendation.

Boult Wade Tennant’s market-leading patent groups provide expert industry advice, technical expertise and subject knowledge, to help protect and enforce IP rights in markets across the world. The firm has handled several hundred European Patent Office oppositions and appeals with a high success rate. All technical groups have extensive experience in drafting original patent specifications, evaluations of rights, 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 worldwide, managing the transfer of large incoming portfolios, patent searching services, competitor watching services, in-house renewals and translation services.

The highly regarded trade mark group assists in the selection, protection, management and enforcement of trade marks and in domain name disputes, and advises on copyright and other IP issues for high-profile brands, most notably in the retail, food and drinks, events, finance, travel, telecommunication, sports merchandising, media, heritage and theatre sectors. The group is among those filing the most community trade marks in Europe and has amassed much experience before the UK Registry and internationally at the European Union Trade Marks Office (EUIPO) in overcoming objections, successfully prosecuting and defending oppositions, and prosecuting appeals. It also continually handles opposition, invalidity and revocation proceedings before the UKIPO, and has expertise in rebranding programmes and in providing litigation support in High Court and EU-level litigation to long-term clients of the firm.

Other offices: Berlin, Madrid, Frankfurt, Cambridge, Reading, Oxford and meeting facilities in Munich.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Nick McLeish
Managing partner Alex Frost
Hi-tech and electrical Nick McLeish
Engineering and designs Tessa Bucks
Biotechnology and life sciences Dr Nina White
Chemical and materials Dr Rohan Setna
Trade mark and domain name John Wallace
Photo Name Position Profile
 Tessa Bucks  photo Tessa Bucks Partner
 Rachel Conroy  photo Rachel Conroy Partner
 Martyn Draper  photo Martyn Draper Partner
 Alex Frost  photo Alex Frost Managing Partner
 Felicity Hide  photo Felicity Hide Partner
 Simon Kahn  photo Simon Kahn Partner
 Nick McLeish  photo Nick McLeish Senior Partner
 Sarah Merrifield  photo Sarah Merrifield Partner
 Jonathan Palmer  photo Jonathan Palmer Partner
 Joanna Peak  photo Joanna Peak
 Emma Pitcher  photo Emma Pitcher Partner
 Tony Pluckrose  photo Tony Pluckrose Partner
 Michelle Pratt  photo Michelle Pratt Partner
 Oliver Rutt  photo Oliver Rutt Partner
 Howard Sands  photo Howard Sands Partner
 Rohan Setna  photo Rohan Setna Partner
 James Short  photo James Short Partner
 John Wallace  photo John Wallace Partner
 Daniel Weston  photo Daniel Weston Partner
 Nina White  photo Nina White Partner
 Catherine Wolfe  photo Catherine Wolfe Partner
Number of partners : 38
Number of other fee-earners : 52
Total staff : 182
INTA - International Trademark Association
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
ABA (American Bar Association)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)

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.