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Mathys & Squire LLP
THE SHARD
32 LONDON BRIDGE STREET
LONDON
SE1 9SG
England

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

Mathys & Squire LLP fields a highly international caseload and underlined its commitment to cross-border services with the opening of its Munich office in July 2019. The group demonstrates strength in the prosecution and enforcement of patents across a wide range of sectors, with the biotechnology, clean tech, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors accounting for a particularly high number of recent highlight matters. Other key sectors include the automotive, manufacturing, technology and telecoms spheres. Another standout feature is the firm's design practice, especially for UK and Israeli clients. Clients include global players as well as start-ups. Jane Clark, Paul Cozens, Chris Hamer and Martin MacLean in London and the Cambridge-based Alan MacDougall share the leadership of the practice. Life sciences specialist Monika Rai left for EIP in April 2020.

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent technical understanding of our technology area, which is very niche and hard for most individuals to grasp. This makes the patent development process so much easier. During the process of trying to get the invention down on paper, the team are able to suggest areas of potential innovation or to point out common knowledge at a very early stage, saving time and money but at the same time potentially generating new commercial IP in the form of sub patents.’

‘Broad experience across the range of technologies that my company has exposure to.’

‘Extremely responsive and eager to understand my company’s needs. Flexible and accommodating when it comes to matching expectations regarding timing and budget.’

‘The Mathys & Squire team has made the entire process of the patent application an exceptional experience. We have received appropriate advice to enable us to gain better positioning. Their billing is also transparent and has shown good value for money compared to other firms we work with.’

‘Craig Titmus is an exceptional lawyer. He has read our the patent so carefully and thoughtfully that his work with the patent offices tends to result in our favour. He presents the commentary and issues with such clarity that we don’t need a legal interpreter to understand and respond to them. This saves a lot of time and fees. Besides being a really clever lawyer, Craig is a truly nice person. We hope to work with him for all of our IP and patents going forward.’

‘Showed great technological knowledge and effective support in prosecution in front of the EPO. Cost effective and very responsive.’

‘The diversity of patent concepts we bring forward in our field across a range of activities is always met by a team of experts with relevant expertise to draft patents quickly, enhance our concepts and provide assurance to our sponsors on the novelty and enforceability of our IP. We have always had priority for important filings. Advice to support our commercial partnerships and their strategic direction has always been generous and valuable.’

‘The individuals we work with in Mathys & Squire are all highly skilled, clear, driven and provide excellent service, especially under pressure. We would like to single out Chris Hamer, who has been exemplary. Chris is equally at home working with us on patent filings and advice one minute and the next advising CEOs and board members on the status of IP and influencing our commercial strategy. He is always available no matter what time of day.’

‘Mathys & Squire LLP really can’t do enough for you. If you want a firm that will go the extra mile and provide industry-leading client service then I would wholeheartedly recommend them. We have entrusted our most important patent portfolio to them and continue to be impressed by the diligent, professional and successful way they have managed the prosecution.’

‘Anna Gregson and Martin MacLean are accessible, knowledgeable and provide a really outstanding, can-do attitude.’

‘Approachable and friendly, which is a key factor. Very knowledgdable in all manners of managing, and applying for, IP. Very swift in their response time.’

‘Paul Cozens produces work of a consistently high quality and is very commercial. He is especially adept at dealing with software in the context of engineering.’

‘Jane Clark is a pre-eminent prosecutor who is always my first choice. Both Ilya and Jane make themselves available for all important matters as well as many less important matters.’

Key clients

Green Lizard Technologies

Ipsen Bioinnovation Limited

Imperial College Innovations

LIfT BioSciences Ltd

Colorifix

Molecular Templates

New Balance

Ricardo / Dolphin-N2

Elixir Medical Corporation

Moderna

Intuitive Surgical

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Mathys & Squire LLP expanded its office network to Germany with the opening of its Munich office in 2019. The team led by Margaret Arnott and Gary Johnston, who are based in London and Manchester respectively, is well versed in assisting large companies and well-known brands with the full range of trade mark prosecution work, including with matters involving cross-border elements. With its growing design practice, especially in the UK and Israeli markets, its established trade mark practice for start-ups and accelerators, and its teams in Shenzhen and Tokyo, the group is on track to remain a key player in its field. Its litigation offering complements the prosecution practice well.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘A partner-led service which has made a strong effort to meet our requirements and adapt to changes within the business.’

‘Margaret Arnott has played a hands-on role in managing all of our trade mark work, and promptly makes herself available to discuss matters and management issues. She has quickly adapted the way her team works to meet our operational requirements and manage costs.’

‘Margaret Arnott explains everything in plain English, which makes decision-making much more straightforward.’

‘Very much like working with people who are members of the same team as you.’

‘The team provide us with in-depth knowledge and expertise in relation to all trade mark matters and provide pragmatic advice whether we are registering new trade marks or taking steps to protect existing ones.’

‘The team under Margaret Arnott’s lead are well organised, reliable and responsive. We value their timely reminders and also that they are always keen to provide advice and support.’

Key clients

The Cotswolds Distilling Company Limited

Gymshark Limited

Edward de Bono Limited

The firm: The Mathys & Squire team comprises some of the most experienced and well-respected attorneys in the world. Our practitioners, with in-depth specialist technical expertise and a commercial understanding, make us a natural choice for market-leading brands, inventors and innovators seeking to protect their cutting-edge, pioneering technology and IP portfolios. We work with a broad spread of clients,  ranging from startups to major UK and multinational corporations (many of whom are household names) to maximise the value of their IP assets.

Through our creative approach, we have a successful record of securing the grant of key patents and trade marks, as well as settling disputes. Client companies without their own in-house patent or trade mark departments value the firm’s understanding of their business issues and the importance and value of their IP. Mathys & Squire enjoys excellent relationships with like-minded firms of associates from all over the world.

The firm’s 29 partners, 6 of counsels and 30 associates are assisted by a further 32 professionals at various stages of qualification and a team of 18 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 include:

  • 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 IP rights, both contentious and non-contentious. The firm is split into core sector groups by technology: IT & engineering and life sciences & chemistry. Our attorneys have specific industry experience or advanced degrees in most relevant disciplines and our 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 startups 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: Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford, York, Luxembourg, Munich and Paris

Department Name Email Telephone
Life sciences & chemistry Martin MacLean mrmacLean@mathys-squire.com
Life sciences & chemistry Chris Hamer ckhamer@mathys-squire.com
IT & engineering Jane Clark jaclark@mathys-squire.com
IT & engineering Paul Cozens pdcozens@mathys-squire.com
IT & engineering Alan MacDougall ajmacdougall@mathys-squire.com
Trade marks & designs Gary Johnston gwjohnston@mathys-squire.com
Trade marks & designs Margaret Arnott mjarnott@mathys-squire.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Margaret Arnott  photo Margaret Arnott Margaret is a highly regarded Trade Mark Attorney and Solicitor. She has…
 Jane Clark  photo Jane Clark Jane Clark has over 30 years’ experience of drafting, prosecution, infringement, validity,…
 Paul Cozens  photo Paul Cozens Paul Cozens has over 30 years of experience in the IP profession,…
 Chris Hamer  photo Chris Hamer Chris Hamer is one of the world’s leading chemistry attorneys and widely…
 Martin MacLean  photo Martin MacLean Martin MacLean’s principal practice areas include; drafting and global prosecution, defence and…
Number of partners : 29
Number of other fee-earners : 65
Total staff : 201

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.


As an employer committed to diversity and equality, Mathys & Squire actively supports the diverse make-up of its members and staff. To this end, we have appropriate policies and procedures in place across recruitment, training and professional development, reward and remuneration to foster a working environment that supports this goal. Our policies, which are monitored and regularly reviewed by the management board, are free of discrimination on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality and ethnic origin), disability, gender reassignment, age, sexual orientation, sex, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and/or belief.

We are proud to be an employer of choice, and promote a workplace that 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. The Mathys & Squire social committee works hard to ensure our events calendar appeals to all ages and accommodates a range of different interests and tastes. Our partners have undergone unconscious bias training for our partners and diversity training has been provided for both staff and partners.


CLIENT:

COMPANY/FIRM: Adventip

TESTIMONIAL: “Mathys & Squire is the strongest partner we have in Europe. Their work is of the highest quality, is very thorough and sets a benchmark for international collaboration on sophisticated patent issues. They layout options in terms of success rates which is invaluable in helping me make commercial decisions on how to proceed.”

CLIENT:

COMPANY/FIRM: D W Windsor

TESTIMONIAL: “’I would certainly recommend Mathys & Squire to any business wanting a patent attorney. The attorney we work with has great technical knowledge and is very good at grasping the features of the product we’re looking to patent as well as finding ways to overcome obstacles to help us achieve our objectives.”

CLIENT:

COMPANY/FIRM: DisplayLink

TESTIMONIAL: “As a team, our attorneys at Mathys & Squire offer a range of different skills which support our business from strategic thinking at a high level to technical knowledge, tactics and a really clear understanding of our requirements. We are confident that we are working in partnership to achieve the best outcomes for our company.”

CLIENT:

COMPANY/FIRM: Aurelius

TESTIMONIAL: “We work with a team of three attorneys at Mathys & Squire. They are all equally competent in their disciplines and have a unique way of looking at our business. Through their involvement in patent drafting, we have been able to capture technological improvements which we had not fully appreciated previously. What they do particularly well is work together as a team to cover all areas of our work and this is a very strong point in their favour compared to other firms.”

CLIENT:

COMPANY/FIRM: AAK AB

TESTIMONIAL: “We really enjoy working with our team of attorneys at Mathys & Squire. They have great technical knowledge which is very helpful for us as they understand our business.”