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Mathys & Squire LLP
Basepoint Business Centre
Isidore Road, Bromsgrove Enterprise Park
B60 3ET
East Anglia

Mathys & Squire LLP works with its clients to maximise the value of their intellectual property assets. The firm’s breadth of technical expertise and depth of professional experience are coupled with a determination to add commercial value.

The firm: Mathys & Squire has a broad spread of clients, ranging from start-ups to major UK and multinational corporations, many of whom are household names. The firm’s commitment to professional excellence and its technical expertise are valued by all clients. Through its creative approach, the firm has a successful record of securing the grant of key patents and settling disputes. Client companies without their own in-house patent departments value the firm’s understanding of their business issues and the importance and value of their IP. Mathys & Squire LLP enjoys excellent relationships with like-minded firms of associates from all over the world.

The firm’s 25 partners, 4 of counsels and 29 associates are assisted by a further 27 professionals at various stages of qualification and a team of 14 paralegals. This spread of expertise enables the firm to deploy a team with the right skills and seniority at the right cost to meet any challenge.

The firm’s core areas of expertise are:

Identifying intellectual property capable of protection by understanding the client’s technology and business objectives;

Obtaining valuable patent, trade mark and design registrations through skilful drafting and powerful advocacy before the world’s patent and trade mark offices;

Representing clients in disputes and contentious proceedings (especially those of the European Patent Office), drawing wherever necessary upon the expertise of fellow professionals;

Facilitating the commercial exploitation of a client’s intellectual property by way of sale, licence or joint venture; and

Advising clients in relation to their intellectual property strategy and management of their IP portfolios.

Types of work undertaken: Mathys & Squire offers a full range of services across patents, trade marks, designs and related intellectual property rights, both contentious and non-contentious. The firm is split into groups by technology, covering IT, electronics and engineering; life sciences and chemistry. Fee-earners have specific industry experience or advanced degrees in most relevant disciplines. The firm’s trade marks practice blends highly experienced prosecution services with portfolio management and enforcement skills.

Assignments for clients vary widely and include: strategic management of global patent and trade mark portfolios for major corporations; advising start-ups in relation to the creation and ownership of IP rights and their commercial exploitation; patent and trade mark prosecution, including oppositions and appeals, for major corporations; providing specialist European (EPO and OHIM) expertise to fellow professionals; working alongside solicitors and counsel in the UK, bringing to bear the firm’s complementary skills and experience; advising at CEO level on the role of IP rights in revenue generation and asset creation; finding paths through third-party patent, trade mark or other IP rights, including challenges to validity where appropriate; resolving disputes through various forms of ADR to litigation, whether as the lead firm or as part of a team; and bringing specialist IP skills to corporate finance, including due diligence.

Other offices:  Cambridge, Manchester, York, Brighton, Oxford, Midlands, Paris, Munich, Luxembourg

Department Name Email Telephone
Life sciences and chemistry Martin MacLean
Life sciences and chemistry Chris Hamer
IT and engineering Ilya Kazi
IT and engineering Jane Clark
IT and engineering Paul Cozens
IT and engineering Alan MacDougall
Trade Marks and Design Gary Johnston
Trade Mark and Design Margaret Arnott
Number of partners : 25
Number of other fee-earners : 60
Total staff : 181

At Mathys & Squire we take diversity and corporate social responsibility very seriously.
We are proud to be an employer of choice, and our workplace is diverse, inclusive and welcoming. Our staff come from a wide range of nationalities, educational backgrounds and cultural heritages. A third of our partners are female while part time and flexible working is common across the firm. We offer enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave pay.

Our recruitment process reaches out to a wide range of universities and our interview style is designed to allow individuals to relax and perform to their best ability. We maintain a best practice, supportive environment where all our staff can develop and reach their full potential. We are active members of IP Inclusive, a profession-wide initiative committed to making the IP profession more inclusive. Our Social Committee works hard to ensure our events calendar appeals to all ages and accommodates a range of different interests and tastes. We have run Unconscious Bias training for our partners and Diversity training for both staff and partners.  

We are also heavily committed to giving back to our local communities. In London, we work closely with St James’ Church of England Primary School in Bermondsey, working on initiatives such as National Science Week and the annual competition to design the Mathys & Squire Christmas card. Each Christmas, the London office also supports the Southwark Council Children at Risk team by providing presents for children within their care. Our ‘Charity of the Year’ in 2019 is Guide Dogs.

We are also committed to monitoring our environmental policies and carbon footprint. In this regard, we are proud to be ISO 14001 accredited, which focuses on environmental management and recognises that, as a firm, we are committed to improving our environmental performance through efficient use of resources, a reduction of waste and lessening our carbon footprint. In support of the environment more generally, we are partnered with Trees for Life, a UK-charity that works to protect the Caledonian Forest in Scotland.