Venner Shipley LLP > Manchester, England > Firm Profile

Venner Shipley LLP
Bloc,17 Marble Street
M2 3AW

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

Praised as ‘truly irreplaceable’, Venner Shipley LLP’s mechanical and engineering, chemical and life sciences and electronics and software teams ‘have demonstrated a capability of cross-disciplinary collaboration, which produces better outcomes on complex patent cases’. The firm not only houses an experienced filing and prosecution practice but continues to consolidate its expertise in EPO opposition and appeals, handling matters ranging from medical devices and orthopaedic devices to antibodies, vaccines and consumer products. The practice’s client roster is testament to its knowledge in mandates concerning artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ian Grey leads the mechanical and engineering group and Siân Gill spearheads the chemistry and life sciences team, while Jan Walaski heads up the electronics and software group, and Simon Taor leads the standards practice. In Cambridge, patent director Emma Longland joined from HGF Limited in June 2021 and London-based patent director Louis Trichard arrived from Dentons in August 2021. Other key members of the team include Cambridge-based Pawel Piotrowicz and Allie Elend, as well as Guildford-based Anton Hutter.

Practice head(s):

Ian Grey; Siân Gill; Jan Walaski

Other key lawyers:

Simon Taor; Allie Elend; Anton Hutter; Pawel Piotrowicz; Emma Longland; Louis Trichard; Alex Brown; Paul Derry; Tim Russell; Richard Kennedy; Kirsty Simpson


‘The team has particular strength and experience with patenting software-related inventions. They provide valuable input both pre-filing and throughout the prosecution process.’ 

‘I have relied on Pawel Piotrowicz for over twenty years. Pawel is a valued collaborator on behalf of a number of clients. I often turn to him for strategic advice when preparing new patent applications and seeking his input on drafting strategies. In providing advice, he leverages not only deep understanding of UK and EPO practice, particularly with software inventions, but also strong knowledge of US practice, which makes his advice universally useful and practical.’ 

‘Venner Shipley are truly irreplaceable for us and are an absolutely integral part of what we do. Their attention to detail and focus is peerless. Their understanding of and expertise in the science we are developing is invaluable. The firm is utterly unique and that cannot be overstated.’ 

‘My main interaction at Venner Shipley has been with Anton Hutter. He always takes the time to explain the patent process, is proactive with suggestions and acts across a number of our projects.’ 

‘Pawel Piotrowicz is an excellent patent attorney, with quite a few years of experience. He has assisted us with drafting and FTOs and is someone who understands the client’s requirements and needs. He is knowledgeable, experienced and is able to help deal with issues during the filing process.’ 

‘Other than being thought leaders in specific subject areas, Venner Shipley have demonstrated a capability of cross-disciplinary collaboration, which produces better outcomes on complex patent cases in my experience.’ 

‘Almut Elend (Allie) is a partner and expert in pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry. She is an exceptional scientist and quickly grasps advanced scientific principles in areas outside her area of expertise. She translates scientifically challenging concepts, ideas and data into tangible and easy to understand patents.’ 

‘Pawel Piotrowicz and Anton Hutter are the standout partners I have worked with. They are excellent attorneys and also demonstrate commercial pragmatism along with their knowledge of IP prosecution.’ 

Key clients

Airbus Defence & Space

Autocoding Systems Ltd

British American Tobacco

BENTLEY/Pedestrian Simulation


Imperial College Innovations Limited

FiberLean Technologies

Pplus Skincare

Plumis Ltd

Procter & Gamble



Better Origin (also known as Entomics)

Work highlights

  • Drafted and filed patent applications in relation to Covid-19 for Imperial College London, allowing Imperial to create the spin-out company, VaxEquity Limited, which licences the IP from Imperial.
  • Managing Samsung Group’s European patent portfolio, including patent prosecution and defending Samsung’s patents against oppositions filed competitors, and opposing other company’s patents.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Praised for providing ‘down-to-earth and pragmatic advice’, Venner Shipley LLP manages the UK, EU and global trade mark portfolios FTSE 100 companies and international corporations, as well as SMEs and start-ups. Since the firm’s merger with Brookes IP, the practice’s direct client roster continues to grow and the team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s office in Munich on post-Brexit matters. Registry opposition and appeal proceedings, as well as domestic and cross-border litigation, take up a large proportion of the practice’s caseload. In Tunbridge Wells, Clare Turnbull leads the practice and the ‘exemplaryJane Martin has experience in international searching and filing programmes, while London-based David Birchall is qualified as both a UK and Irish solicitor and a UK and European chartered trade mark attorney. Also in London, other key members of the team include chartered UK trade mark attorneys Yoann Rousseau, Gloria Parmesan and Camilla Sexton.

Practice head(s):

Clare Turnbull


‘The Venner Shipley trade mark team works hard to protect our trade marks and we can rely on them to provide us with commercially sound advice.’ 

‘Clare Turnbull is my primary contact. She is very approachable and personable and has a great way with clients. She is highly responsive and is able to help clients understand what they need to be thinking about when it comes to trade marks and brand protection.’ 

‘Camilla Sexton and Gloria Parmesan are highly skilled and experienced trade mark attorneys. Highly responsive and reliable with practical solutions.’ 

‘In our experience, the team gives down-to-earth and pragmatic advice when advising clients on their portfolios and help clients prioritise what is important, so they obtain the right scope of protection.’ 

‘I work closely with David Birchall on our trade mark portfolio, and he provides an excellent level of support. Nothing is too much trouble, and the advice and input we receive represents good value for money.’ 

‘I have worked with Jane Martin for over 12 years and I have found her to be both wise and commercial. Jane has been an excellent guide and her advice has been exemplary. I trust her implicitly.’ 

‘Camilla Sexton is outstanding in terms of knowledge, advice and approach to my trade mark enquiries and registrations.’ 

‘Yoann Rousseau has built a strong relationship with our team over a number of years. He always makes himself available, keeps us up to date on matters and, most importantly, provides practical, sensible advice that we can deploy quickly within our business.’ 

Key clients

Alexander Mann Associates Ltd

Aviva Plc


First Grade International Limited

FxPro Financial Services Limited

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

MTL Financial Limited

Other Creative Ltd

Pharmanovia – Atnahs

Phoebe Philo

PPLUS Skincare Limited

Quite Interesting Limited

Roarr Norfolk Dinosaur Park

Saferpet Ltd


The Automobile Association (The AA)

The Project Band Limited

The Sakata Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Advised Other in relation to a High Court claim against an agency named Mother for trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Advised London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and implemented an international search and ongoing trade mark registration programme to protect the School’s recently launched Sustainable Climate Impact Fund project in the UK and abroad.
  • Advised Quite Interesting Limited (QI) on searching, filing and opposition services. QI is the producer of the famous QI television quiz show, and of the spin off QI ELVES podcasts and TV entertainment.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

Venner Shipley LLP is well known for its patent attorney team and continues to grow its patent litigation practice, which is led by dual-qualified solicitor and barrister James Tumbridge and includes Robert Peake. Recent significant instructions include assisting Imperial College regarding its patent for a self-amplifying RNA vaccine as part of its Covid-19 vaccine strategy.

Practice head(s):

James Tumbridge

Other key lawyers:

Paul Harris; Robert Peake

Key clients

Ice-world International

Kazia Therapeutics Limited

Fit Out UK

Fiberlean Technologies

Howorh Air Technologies

Hydronix Ltd


BlephEx LLC

Amro Biotech

Imperial College London

Work highlights

  • Represented FiberLean, defending its own patents and attacking the patents of FiberLean’s competitors.
  • Advised Genentech, Inc. and its exclusive licensee Kazia Therapeutics Ltd. concerning infringement of a patent in several European jurisdictions and the interference with the rights of the exclusive licensee.
  • Advising Fit Out UK on the patenting of its unique shelving design used in major supermarkets like Sainsbury’s.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Venner Shipley LLP‘s IP practice has recently grown, combining with trade mark and patent attorney firm Brookes IP to offer a full-service suite of advice on IP matters, from portfolio and management mandates, to regulatory issues and dispute resolution. The team is particularly strong at advising clients on UK, EU, and Hague International registered designs, advising high-profile pharmaceuticals and technology companies; issues relating to software GUIs, apps, and consumer products are also a strength for the team. Ian Grey is a registered designs expert, while James Tumbridge focuses on IP disputes, and Clare Turnbull is the go-to person in the team for trade mark work.

Practice head(s):

James Tumbridge; Clare Turnbull; Ian Grey

Key clients


Other Creative Ltd

Roarr Norfolk Dinosaur Park

Saferpet Ltd


The Project Band Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised OTHER, the creative agency, in relation to a High Court claim against an agency named Mother for trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Advising Sanofi on registered designs.
  • Advising an AI laboratory client on copyright issues.

Venner Shipley is a prominent full-service European intellectual property firm, uniquely with a leading team of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers, providing a complete IP service to clients.

Our clients value the strategic and multi-disciplinary approach we take to supporting their business goals, and we have experts in many rapidly developing technical fields: our managing partner led the European Court of Appeal G1/19 case on computer-implemented simulations and our life sciences team has been an integral part of numerous vaccine research and development projects, notably including Imperial College’s self-amplifying RNA vaccine.

Our multi-disciplinary team deals with a hugely diverse and constantly evolving range of intellectual property issues in multiple jurisdictions with specialist teams in Life Sciences, materials, software and AI as well as engineering expertise from heavy mechanical to electronics. The component parts of Venner Shipley combine to give our clients the creative and innovative solutions to their commercial needs they require and expect us to tirelessly deliver.

We have a wealth of experience advising on the life cycle of IPR from clearance and filing strategies worldwide, through to drafting, filing and prosecution, along with transactional work and defensive and offensive contentious work, with oppositions and other contentious work being a strength across the full range of IPR, from patents and trade marks to designs, copyright and soft IP. Our legal team has particular expertise in data protection, ownership and dispute resolution and our whole team works together to provide the strategic and analytic advice that our clients rely on to make their IP work harder for, and add value to, their businesses and give them a competitive edge.

With multiple offices in the UK and EU, we work with clients in a huge range of industry sectors, from major international corporations, to universities and SMEs, and we play a key role in nurturing of innovation and growth. We have a truly flexible approach to the service we provide, putting client priorities at the front and centre of what we do. This has resulted in long term relationships and a vast resource of knowledge of our clients’ businesses and priorities, with many clients having been with us for decades.

Managing Partner Pawel (0) 20 7600 4212
Number of partners : 31
Chinese (Mandarin)

We are constantly seeking to broaden the diversity of the firm, ensuring we are a fair and inclusive workplace and service provider. We act for a diverse range of clients and it is important that the make-up of our staff is similarly diverse. We have had positive feedback from clients on this.

Venner Shipley has an internal Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum with membership from across the firm to support and guide our progress on these issues. In addition to training, we regularly share posts and articles on diversity issues eg celebrating Pride, International Womens Day, Black History Month and International Day of People with Disabilities. We want to ensure we are listening and learning about things that we can do more effectively in relation to people from minority backgrounds so everyone feels fully included within the firm.

Venner Shipley is a member of IP inclusive, supporting equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives within the IP profession particularly focusing on gender issues (Women in IP), LGBT (IP Out), BAME (IP and ME) and disability (IP Able).

Members of the firm are also active in outreach activities as STEM Ambassadors looking to increase the diversity of people coming into the IP profession. We have a partnership with the charity, IntoUniversity helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study for and achieve a place at university. The firm supports the charity through fund-raising and mentoring programmes.