Venner Shipley LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Venner Shipley LLP
200 Aldersgate
EC1A 4HD
England

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

Venner Shipley LLP merged with Brookes IP in November 2020, adding patent and design expert Rosemary Eve, who focuses on semiconductor and medical device patents, and Jonathan Hancox, an engineering specialist, as partners and senior associate Emma Hodge, who has extensive experience in the pharmaceuticals and consumer health sectors. The firm stands out through its prestigious list of clients in AI-related matters, its EPO oppositions and appeal clout, and its experience in advising on standard essential patents. The registered designs practice, which advises on graphic user interfaces, is another asset. In January 2021, biotechnology expert Kirsty Simpson joined in London from Withers & Rogers, and Robert Peake in London made partner in July 2020. The firm also has an office in Munich. Jan Walaski is the firm's managing partner. The chemical and life sciences, electronics and software, mechanical engineering and litigation teams make up the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jan Walaski

Other key lawyers:

Allie Elend; Anton Hutter; Pawel Piotrowicz; Rob Sayer; Simon Taor; Jon Hewett; Richard Kennedy; Gary Whiting; Tim Russell; Rosemary Eve; Jonathan Hancox; Emma Hodge; Kirsty Simpson; Robert Peake

Testimonials

‘The team at Venner Shipley is efficient, accurate, caring, insightful, is cost-sensitive to clients’ budgets and simply gets the job done every time. I can’t think of sufficient superlatives to describe what a magnificent firm this truly is.’

‘I have always had very clear, direct, personable service from the team at Venner Shipley. For a start, the team is big. There is always the feeling that if there is a particular problem in the course of my case which the immediate contact at the firm is not able to handle, then they have at their disposal a number of colleagues with specialist skills in that particular problem. This is very relaxing. In an industry prone to old-boy networks and traditional values, the diversity of Venner Shipley’s staff is refreshing. It is also clear to me that the company care about the development of the team – ensuring that additional team members were present at consultations to learn from each other.’

‘Venner Shipley is a top-notch firm and easily the best European firm (and, more generally, best non-US firm) I’ve worked with.  They consistently provide quality work products, they are timely, and they have a solid understanding of the law and of complex patent technologies. Venner’s expertise with those complex technologies sets them apart from many other firms.  Such technology includes machine learning, robotics, speech recognition, and natural language understanding. One of Venner’s biggest strength is the added value that they provide to clients – and this also sets them apart from other firms.’

‘Richard Kennedy and Robert Peake are particularly engaged with respect to deep knowledge of technical features. They are thought leaders and excellent communication and client care.’

‘Allie Elend’s attention to detail is beyond compare. Her planet-sized scientific and legal brain, combined with a fabulous business acumen and caring EQ, makes for the perfect lawyer.  Allie excels at completing tasks in record time with absolute majesty.  She is available to me whenever I need her and I cannot imagine a scenario that might overwhelm her.  Before meeting Allie, if I had to describe the perfect IP lawyer, I would have described what Allie is.  If there is a legal hall of fame for to be beatified living lawyers, I would recommend her without doubt.’

‘Tim Russell has great experience and excellent understanding of the patent law, is able to quickly grasp the essential aspects of the complex technology involved, shows very strong rhetorical skills, convincing argumentation and calmness during oral proceedings, is very thorough, highly reliable and easy to communicate with.’

‘Gary Whiting is an extremely competent European patent agent who is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of European patent law and global IP in general. He stands out because he has had extensive experience of working as and in-house patent attorney in an industrial company, and therefore has a complete and trustworthy understanding of my work and needs. It means that many things in our collaboration do not need to be explicitly discussed – he instinctively understands the constraints and advantages of my role.’

‘Anton Hutter assembled a uniquely qualified team, and does an excellent job of coordinating their efforts for the good of my firm.’

Key clients

Airbus Defence & Space

Aspen Pumps

Apollo Therapeutics

AVEVA

British American Tobacco

Cambridge Display Technologies

Cambridge Touch Technologies

Clinigen Group Plc

Cerevance

Curadev

Danfoss

Ensygnia

Epizyme

Equine America (UK) Limited

Imperial College Innovations Limited

Inflazome

Merck KGaA

Mitel Networks Corporation

Myriad Genetics, Inc

Neuro-Bio

Nokia

Palantir Technologies

Procter & Gamble

Samsung

Sanofi

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Twitter

Cambridge Enterprise

Imperial College London/ Imperial College Innovations Limited

Royal Holloway

University of London

University of Greenwich

Royal Veterinary College

The University of Greenwich

University of Leicester

University of Surrey

The University of Sussex

UCL Business LTD

Warwick Ventures

Work highlights

  • Represented the appellant in appeal proceedings before the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) regarding computer-implemented inventions relating to computer simulations.
  • Appointed by Imperial College to draft and file two crucially valuable patent applications during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Assisted Inflazome with developing its patent portfolio and ultimate acquisition by Roche in a deal in which Inflazome’s shareholders received an upfront payment of $449m.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Venner Shipley LLP merged with Kent firm Brookes IP, with Jane Martin and group head Clare Turnbull adding their expertise in the new Tunbridge Wells office together with their team of trade mark administrators. The merger also significantly increased the firm's direct client list. In preparation for Brexit, the firm bolstered its Munich office with the arrival of European trade mark and design attorney and German and European attorney-at-law Mechthild Liebelt who joined in January 2021 from Epping · Hermann · Fischer. The practice assists with the management of global, European and UK trade mark portfolios, is well versed in registry oppositions and appeal proceedings, and offers in-house litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Clare Turnbull

Other key lawyers:

Jane Martin; David Birchall; Yoann Rousseau; Gloria Parmesan; Camilla Sexton

Testimonials

‘Exceptional client service and management of a huge TM portfolio.’

‘David Birchall provides very pragmatic and business-minded advice. His work goes beyond simply ‘legal’, but looks at the best strategy to reach the client’s business objective.’

‘Very attentive and proactive in respect of highlighting key matters and deadlines.’

‘A strong commercial approach to portfolio management. Appropriate guidance and assistance delivered in a timely manner.’

‘An excellent team that is available to serve and assist whenever needed. They are efficient, well connected across the world and have a solid understanding of the management of trade marks and how we can better manage them.’

‘Yoann Rousseau- one of the most exceptional advisers I have come across. Excellent communication skills, command of his specialist area and always 100% accurate. I wish all advisers instilled the same amount of confidence in their clients.’

‘Jane Martin’s advice was very accurate and professional as well as being prompt at all times.’

‘I have had extensive pleasure working with Clare Turnbull these past few years. She is highly competent and very knowledgeable. She is super efficient and takes her time to understand more about our needs and situation before making recommendations.’

Key clients

Aspen Pumps

Athletic Brewing Company

Atnahs Pharma UK Limited

Ava May Aromas

Aviva

Clinigen Group Plc

Dulwich College

Equine America

First Grade International

FxPro Financial Services Ltd

Livias Health Foods Limited

Mental Health First Aid England

Mitel Networks Corporation

The Norwex Group of Companies

Stockeld Park

TalkTalk

The Automobile Association (the AA)

THE PROJECT BAND LTD

The Sakata Group of Companies

TMG Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Project Band Ltd in an action concerning the ownership of goodwill in the name of a 1970s – 1980s recording act, The Alan Parsons Project, initiating action in the English High Court on behalf of a number of former performers on the records, seeking declaratory relief from a passing off action.
  • Assisted TalkTalk with the management of its entire trade mark portfolio, including successful objections and oppositions against third parties’ applications deemed too close to TalkTalk’s brands (such as Talk Shalk and TalkActive).
  • Provided extensive trade mark portfolio management services to Aviva for its worldwide trade mark portfolio.

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

Patent attorney firm Venner Shipley LLP is steadily growing its patent litigation offering through practice head James Tumbridge and highly active partner Paul Harris. Showcasing broad sector strengths, the firm's recent work included handling High Court infringement and entitlement disputes on behalf of fintech, biotechnology and leisure companies. On the non-contentious side, newly-promoted partner Robert Peake advised on patent licensing agreements in the manufacturing sector.

Practice head(s):

James Tumbridge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

James Tumbridge has impressive knowledge and a pragmatic approach.

Key clients

Amro Biotech

Cambridge Touch Technologies

Claytex

Cubic Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Ensygnia IP Ltd.

Fiberlean Technologies Ltd.

Fit Out (UK) Ltd.

Howorth Air Technology Ltd.

Ice-world International

Imperial College

Kazia Therapeutics Ltd

MTL Finance Ltd

Neuro-Bio

Work highlights

  • Advising fintech company Ensygnia IP in relation to its patent portfolio, having successfully secured strategic amendments to it, in order for it to bring action against a number of companies using an image-recognition device to enable an individual to use a service.
  • Advised Amro Biotech, and the inventor of a diabetes treatment, against investors in the company that intended to commercialise the invention.
  • Advising Ocean Infinity in relation to potential patent issues (including infringement) for the underwater search part of Ocean Infinity’s business, in the US, Norway and the UK/EU.

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

Venner Shipley LLP’s recent combination with trade mark and patent attorney practice Brookes IP has handed the firm further expertise in registered designs, which is applied to enforcement proceedings before the UK and EU registries, often with assistance by the Munich office. 'Consistently outstanding' IP litigation head James Tumbridge and key partner Paul Harris provide representation in trade mark and copyright infringement and passing-off disputes in the High Court. SMEs and multinationals are equally present on the client roster.

Practice head(s):

James Tumbridge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

What matters to me in a legal firm is the quality of advice and the ability of the key people to understand my business and its needs. Venner Shipley’s team is excellent in both respects. They are intelligent, insightful, flexible and responsive. Above all, I know I can trust the advice that they offer.

James Tumbridge is our key advisor at Venner Shipley and is consistently outstanding. I can think of no one I would rather have on my side in a litigation.

The personnel have always been friendly and down to earth, establishing a rapport which we value.’

Impressive expertise in IP law.

The partner we dealt with was Paul Harris and his depth and breadth of knowledge was extremely impressive. His advice was always spot on and our case developed exactly as he said it would and we prevailed over our opposition.

Key clients

Aspen Pumps

Athletic Brewing Company

Barry Callebaut

Cambridge Touch Technologies

Claytex

Ensygnia IP Ltd.

Equine America

Fit Out (UK) Ltd.

Livia Health Foods

Mental Health First Aid England

Mitel Networks Corporation

MTL Finance Ltd

Other

Roarr Dinosaur Adventure

Sanofi

Stockeld Farms

The Project Band Ltd

Work highlights

  • In an action concerning the ownership of goodwill in the name of recording act The Alan Parsons Project, the practice initiated action in the High Court on behalf of a number of former performers on the records, seeking declaratory relief from a possible (now real) passing-off action.
  • Advised and represented MTL Financial in a dispute over the use of the word ‘just’ and certain trade marks in regards to financial services.
  • Advising Aspen Pumps on the infringement of its trade mark JAVAC in the United Kingdom and EU.

The firm: We are a prominent full-service international intellectual property firm, uniquely with a leading team of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers, providing a complete IP service to our client base. With offices in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Manchester, Tunbridge Wells and Munich, we work with clients from a variety of industry sectors ranging from major domestic and international corporations, to SMEs, universities and individual inventors playing a key role in nurturing innovation.

We have played a leading role in one of the most followed, high-tech European Court of Appeal cases held over the last two years. Our early involvement in the G1/19 case means that no other firm has the depth of expertise in the patentability of computer-implemented simulations. From preparing and filing the application, handling examination, right through to the appeal stage, Venner Shipley are the go-to firm for computer-implemented simulations in G1/19 (CONNOR/Pedestrian Simulation).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have not only been at the forefront of technological developments but also the scientific challenge against the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. We are assisting our clients in their efforts through patenting various coronavirus vaccine strategies, including Imperial College’s self-amplifying RNA vaccine, invented by Prof Robin Shattock, and anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies, as well as other Covid-19 testing-related technology.

Our current portfolio has also seen us provide pioneering advice on artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, genome editing techniques (including CRISPR), battery technology for electric and driverless cars, machine learning, computer-simulated inventions, the Internet of Things, cyber-security, gene therapy inventions, precision medicines, 5G telecommunications, as well as augmented and virtual reality.

This means that our multi-disciplinary team is dealing with a hugely diverse and constantly evolving range of intellectual property issues with specialist teams in chemistry, biotechnology, materials and software, as well as all flavours of engineering, from heavy mechanical to electronics.

Patents: Our patent attorneys regularly advise on obtaining patent protection, potential patent infringement (whether the firm’s clients are asserting their rights or defending), challenging third parties’ patent rights on behalf of clients, and defending clients’ rights against such challenges. We have extensive experience and a deserved reputation in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, and can also represent our clients before the German Patent Office through our Munich office.

Trade marks: Our dedicated trade mark team is composed of chartered trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers, bringing together a breadth of experience and skills to help clients protect and enforce their rights. We offer our clients an innovative, bespoke service from our team of expert UK and European trade mark attorneys, who are equipped with the relevant skills and experience to think commercially and always offer advice to ensure that clients reach their strategic goals, whilst maintaining brand protection. Our team also has extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the registries, as well as litigation in the UK and overseas; including before the EUIPO, the UKIPO and all levels of English courts. Our combination of opposition and litigation experience is rare in UK firms and is well regarded by foreign attorneys.

In November 2020 we merged with (formerly) Brookes IP who have a wealth of experience in the trade mark field strengthening our ability to offer a personal service and tailoring our services to our client’s individual needs, whether acting for multi-national corporations, SME’s or smaller businesses.

Designs and copyright: Our attorneys regularly file and prosecute applications for registered designs. We also advise on unregistered design rights and copyright, rights that are relevant to all manner of products and that do not need to be applied for. Our specialist team also provides advice on the potential infringement of registered or unregistered design rights and/or copyright by its clients or by third parties. Our European design attorneys practice before EUIPO in connection with registered community designs. The attorneys also act before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) working with a network of international experts to obtain design protection worldwide.

Legal: Our clients can draw upon our full-service offering of IP solicitors and barristers, to handle all their legal and dispute needs. The legal team is on hand to work alongside the attorneys to advise on intellectual property rights, confidentiality agreements, licences, assignments, copyright and all associated contracts. Core to the legal team is our dispute resolution service, with experience in all UK courts and tribunals. Our lawyers have appeared in key cases from the Enterprise Court right through to the UK Supreme Court. Uniquely our team also has direct experience in overseas courts, especially Canada. Additionally, our lawyers are leading data protection experts having advised the UK Government on the Data Protection Act 2018. We routinely advise on global data transfers, ICO audits and investigations, data loss, direct marketing, processing agreements and outsourcing. The team has advised globally on data protection matters for many years, assisting several companies with their global compliance training, and have advised on transfers in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and our legal team also prides itself on its expertise in government relations, advising clients on regulatory changes and responses to consultations.

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Managing Partner Pawel Piotrowiczppiotrowicz@vennershipley.co.uk+44 (0) 20 7600 4212
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Oliver Anderson  photo Oliver Anderson Oliver is a UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s Electronics…
David Birchall photo David BirchallDavid is a solicitor (non–practising) and a chartered UK trade mark attorney.…
Alex Brown  photo Alex Brown Alex is a UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s Mechanical…
John Chettle  photo John Chettle John is a UK and European Patent Attorney with expertise in the…
Paul Derry  photo Paul Derry Paul is a UK and European patent attorney. Paul worked previously in the patent…
Siân Gill  photo Siân Gill Siân is a UK and European patent attorney and heads up the…
Ian Grey photo Ian GreyIan is a UK and European patent attorney and heads up Venner…
Philip Harrison  photo Philip Harrison Philip is a UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s Electronics…
Jonathan Hewett  photo Jonathan Hewett Jonathan is a UK and European patent attorney in venner Shipley’s Electronics…
Julie Mays  photo Julie Mays Julie is an experienced UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s…
Robert Peake photo Robert PeakeRobert is a partner in our legal services team, focussing on intellectual…
Rob Sayer  photo Rob Sayer Rob is a UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s Electronics…
Kirsty Simpson photo Kirsty SimpsonKirsty is a UK and European Patent Attorney in our Chemical and…
Simon Taor  photo Simon Taor Simon is a UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s Electronics…
Peter Thorniley  photo Peter Thorniley Peter is a partner in Venner Shipley’s Electronics & Engineering team. He…
James Tumbridge  photo James Tumbridge Partner
Jan Walaski photo Jan WalaskiJan heads up the firm’s Electronics and Engineering Group. He is a…
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Number of other fee earners : 60
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