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Venner Shipley LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

The team at Venner Shipley LLP stands out for its representation of the appellant in case G1/19 before the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO regarding the patent protection of computer-implemented inventions, with the application having been drafted and prosecuted by the team. AI and genome editing patents as well as standard-essential telecoms and technology are areas of particular strength. The group is well versed in oppositions and appeal proceedings, especially in the representation of chemicals and life sciences clients, many of which are SMEs, including a high number of medical device players. In addition to its wide offering in the UK, the firm also has an office in Munich, bolstered in autumn 2019 by the arrival of two of counsels. Jan Walaski is the firm's managing partner. Salary partner Paul Misselbrook joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in September 2019.

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‘Easy and straightforward to deal with. Friendly and flexible.’

‘Jan Walaski was understanding and flexible in our dealings with him.’

‘We always receive very competent and logical advice from Venner Shipley. They are very responsive and value personal interaction.’

‘Allie Elend is very competent, an excellent communicator and always very responsive. Importantly, she is able to describe different scenarios and consequences in a way that a non-expert understands well.’

‘Venner is a consistent, valued partner. I can rely on Venner to provide timely, high-quality work. The Venner attorneys I interact with are very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Overall, a great firm with great people.’

‘The team provides timely updates on developments in the law. The updates are comprehensive, including sufficient background to assist newbies to the field.’

‘We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Venner Shipley for many years and have consistently found them to be responsive and highly knowledgeable. They have handled a number of complex matters for us and have always delivered excellent outcomes.’

‘Anton Hutter is not only a very high-quality attorney but also highly knowledgeable and a very good problem-solver, displaying a creative approach to dealing with complex issues.’

‘Allie Elend provides excellent service, gives excellent advice supporting a very well-considered strategy, and is highly diligent and time conscious. The team are also very effective in the admin work behind maintaining and progressing patent applications and as a result the strategies we are pursuing have so far been highly successful.’

‘Excellent work ethic, diligence, foresight and communication. I know I can trust and rely on them. They are also very friendly and nice to work with.’

‘Excellent service and dedication with work over normal hours to meet external deadlines. Good mix of detail and overall strategic balance of IP portfolio creation, extension and maintenance.’

‘Allie Elend is the best patent attorney I have worked with.’

‘Paul Derry is both responsive and knowledgeable of client needs. Richard Kennedy has unique understanding in the machine learning field and understands the intricacies and depth of description required for prosecution support and exceptional claim breadth.’

‘Anton Hutter stands out in that he makes time to deal with queries almost immediately, answering emails and phone calls with a speed that’s reassuring in times of concern or urgency. He has the knack of making one, or rather, one’s work, seem the most exciting and immediate project he has. He is in constant contact with us, convening meetings and raising red flags as soon as he foresees issues. We feel with this team that we’re in very safe and expert hands.’

‘Richard Kennedy has been at the forefront of debates around AI and IP.’

‘Pawel Piotrowicz has specific, deep knowledge in areas important to our research, and a knack for being able to work closely with our variety of academics.’

Key clients

Addison Lee Limited

Allecra Therapeutics

Airbus Defence & Space

Amro Biotech

British American Tobacco

Cambridge Display Technologies (CDT)

Cambridge Touch Technologies (CTT)

Cam Lock Ltd


Clinigen Group Plc



Fit Out UK


Imperial Innovations


Merck KGaA

Mitel Networks





Procter & Gamble


Samsung Group


Takeda Pharmaceutical Company


Imperial College London / Imperial College Innovations Limited

Royal Veterinary College

University of Leicester

UCL Business LTD

Electoral Tier 2

Intellectual property firm Venner Shipley LLP has notable expertise in data protection law, an increasingly important issue with regards to elections and campaigning. Partner and barrister James Tumbridge leads the firm's practice - he is described as being 'exceptionally knowledgeable of UK electoral law.' In addition to data protection, the firm also advises clients on Electoral Commission investigations and Information Commissioner inquiries.

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‘This practice provides a range of advice which comes with a high level of expertise and knowledge.The practice is incredibly knowledgeable in its areas of expertise. What I find unique is their ability to think strategically and problem-solve, something which does not come naturally to many solicitors.’

‘Highly detailed legal and practical knowledge of the sector, based on wide experience, and particularly in respect of technology – increasingly important in the 21st century.

‘Constant real-time availability and reactions to situations and demands as they occur 24/7. Fantastic and very helpful on complicated legal issues and attending meetings at short notice.’

‘Very few lawyers really understand electoral law but Venner Shipley most certainly do. They should be the number one ‘go to’ firm for anyone who needs guidance in this rather niche sector. They understand not only the written law but also the practicalities, in real life, of what it means to run an election campaign. This gives huge confidence to a client.’

‘James Tumbridge is the foremost expert on the issues we have to deal with. James is informed, strategic and clear with advice. Ideal legal counsel. I could not recommend him highly enough.’

‘James Tumbridge is exceptionally knowledgeable of UK electoral law. I would go as far as to say he understands the law better than the regulators. He goes above and beyond for his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him. He is a credit to his firm and his profession.’

‘James Tumbridge is a formidable lawyer with an impressive and consistently well informed workrate, always available and with excellent interpersonal communication skills.’

‘James Tumbridge is very attentive and adaptable.’

‘James Tumbridge is in a different league to any other lawyer that I have worked with. First class in every department, he really takes a huge personal interest in each case and his patience is beyond compare. He appears to be available 24/7 and his explanations of his reasonings are always exceedingly clear and understandable. A fabulous lawyer who you leaves no stone unturned.’

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Under the leadership of David Birchall, the team at Venner Shipley LLP offers the combined clout of trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers, allowing the firm to handle the totality of clients' trade mark matters. Based on a core commercial outlook, the practice demonstrates strength in contentious and non-contentious matters alike, with the development and management of UK, European and international trade mark portfolios and the representation of clients in opposition and appeals proceedings as core pillars of the practice.

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‘Everyone on the team is always up to date on where the case is and what the next move is. You don’t have to worry that you are going to have to fill someone in. They are all very knowledgeable and work well together.’

‘All the partners seem to be experts in their own fields. In addition to their great knowledge and guidance, they have a natural ability to understand and work with the client in a manner that both relaxes and gives the client confidence. This is so much better than my experience with other firms.’

‘Yoann Rousseau is particularly good. He takes the time to explain things in detail to a level where I can understand him rather than talk in purely technical jargon. He is also very persistent when dealing with issues and keeps me updated. Furthermore, he shows me all the options on the table and explains the merits and downsides of each one and thus enables me to make decisions based on the best possible advice.’

‘The team are very responsive and provide an excellent level of support. Also, their international knowledge and global relationships with other agents make them a one-stop shop, particularly on the trade mark side.’

‘David Birchall provides a very responsive service with a great level of clarity of advice.’

‘The Venner Shipley intellectual property law team is sharp, responsive and committed to excellence.’

‘David Birchall and Yoann Rousseau provide unparalleled support for US clients.’

‘They provide practical, business-minded advice and are very good at devising strategies that align with budget and business goals.’

Key clients

Ava May Aromas


Brooke (Greville) Casino

Clinigen Group Plc

Dulwich College

Epicurean Dairy & Others

Equine America


FxPro Financial Services Ltd


Livias Health Foods Limited

Mental Health First Aid England

Mitel Networks Corporation


Roarr Norfolk Dinosaur Park


Stockeld Park


The AA (formerly The Automobile Association)


Vedanta Resources

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

IP specialist firm Venner Shipley LLP provides contentious services alongside its well-reputed IP prosecution offering. Paul Harris and practice head James Tumbridge handle trade mark and copyright infringement and passing-off disputes for a diverse client base; recent instructions have come from clients in the food processing, gambling, entertainment, packaging and autotech sectors. The team has also recently negotiated IP licensing contracts for a key consumer electronics client.

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This firm is well acquainted with TMT issues and is a first-rate patent attorney firm. The legal team has that technological support available at all times.

James Tumbridge is very able to coordinate a technology response whether contentions or non-contentious.

Key clients

Mental Health First Aid England

Equine America

Barry Callebaut

Brooke (Greville) Casino

Roarr Norfolk Dinosaur Park

Epicurean Dairy & Others




Stockeld Park


Venner Shipley is a leading firm of European intellectual property attorneys representing a broad range of clients, including major domestic and international corporations, SMEs, universities and individual inventors.

The firm: It is a leading firm providing intellectual property advice covering all aspects of patents, trade marks, designs, dispute resolution and intellectual property-related legal services. It is a modern forward-thinking firm with a long history of working with a broad range of clients from individual inventors to major corporations.

The firm’s approach with clients is to build long-term relationships. It works in a flexible and responsive manner to ensure that clients get what they need in the most efficient and effective way possible; it adapts to the needs of individual clients and often acts as an extension of their in-house counsel.

The firm has a distinctive personality that fosters creativity, encourages team work and which makes its attorneys, lawyers and services stand out from the crowd.

Types of work undertaken:Patents: Venner Shipley has over 60 years of experience offering companies and individuals comprehensive advice and services relating to all aspects of patents, from obtaining patent protection, through advising on potential patent infringement, challenging third parties’ patent rights and defending clients’ rights against such challenges. It also prepares licence agreements and assignments, due diligence reports and carries out infringement clearance searches before the launch of new products. The firm has extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as in patent litigation in the UK and overseas. The team includes advocates with experience before the EPO, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and UK courts, including at the appellate level of the Supreme Court and the specialist Enterprise Court, as well as courts in North America and British Overseas Territories.

Trade marks: the firm provides assistance in the registration procedure all over the world and deals with contentious proceedings before the trade mark registries and courts. It deals with licensing, assignment and settlement negotiations and advises on the exploitation and acquisition of trade marks, as well as attending to post-registration recordal procedures. Its attorneys prepare due diligence reports, provide watching services and work with customs and trading standards offices on criminal trade mark issues. It also advises on both trade mark infringement and passing off, and handles pre-litigation correspondence for potential claimants and defendants. Venner Shipley’s attorneys practise before the European Intellectual Property Office, the UKIPO and at the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Its trade marks team advises on and handles actions relating to company names before the Company Names Tribunal. It also provides advice and services relating to trade marks all over the world through its international network of trade mark experts.

Designs and copyrights: the firm’s attorneys regularly file and prosecute applications for registered designs. It also advises on unregistered design rights and copyright, rights that are relevant to all manner of products and that do not need to be applied for. The 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. Its European design attorneys practise 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). It also works with a network of international experts to obtain design protection worldwide.

Legal services: the legal services team has leading experts in dispute resolution, in the UK as well as multi-jurisdictional disputes. It offers strategy advice and a particular focus is IP policy and regulatory matters (including customs issues, nutrition, food and health). In addition, the team provides corporate support by way of due diligence relating to the sale of businesses and the licensing of the IP, and negotiating and drafting multinational licensing and cross-licensing arrangements, as well as co-existence agreements. James Tumbridge has unparalleled experience of government relations and provides policy and strategy advice for blue-chip and international clients. The team has a robust, varied client base including technology companies, FMCG companies and government bodies. The team has also added a leading data protection practice.

Other offices: Munich


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Jan Walaski
Photo Name Position Profile
 Oliver Anderson  photo Oliver Anderson Oliver is a UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s Electronics…
 David Birchall photo David Birchall David 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 Grey Ian is a UK and European patent attorney and heads up Venner…
Mr Paul Harris  photo Mr Paul Harris Partner
 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…
 Rob Sayer  photo Rob Sayer Rob is a UK and European patent attorney in Venner Shipley’s Electronics…
 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…
Mr James Tumbridge  photo Mr James Tumbridge Partner
 Jan Walaski photo Jan Walaski Jan is the firm’s Managing Partner and also heads up the Electronics…
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 43

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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Pawel Piotrowicz +44 (0) 20 7600 4212
Number of partners : 31
Number of other fee earners : 60
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