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Beck Greener LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 3

Beck Greener LLP shoulders an especially heavy caseload for pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences clients, but is also very experienced in the prosecution of patents from the engineering, manufacturing, technology and telecoms sectors.  Physics and electronics expert Avi Freeman heads the practice, which includes newly promoted partner and chemistry specialist Catherine Jewell.


‘A very solid patent and trade mark attorney firm. Very reliable and with a good grasp of detail.’

‘Avi Freeman is both highly competent and professional, an excellent communicator, and, better yet, is extremely commercially aware.’

‘The Beck Greener team understand our needs and work hard to build a collaborative relationship with our team – essentially it’s like having an extension of your department function that handles IP enquiries.’

‘Strong knowledge of their client’s technologies, as well as a firm grasp on EPO practice and procedure. The team is particularly skilled in opposition practice and has achieved excellent results for our company.’

‘In a sentence, this firm has top-notch legal skills with a willingness to use them. They take the time to ask questions and understand our business interests in the technology and then offer suggestions as to how to respond in a manner to maximise our interests. As a group, their technical expertise is outstanding; all of the people with whom I’ve worked at this firm have had no trouble in picking up on the technology and the sometimes subtle differences between references.’

‘Avi Freeman and Jon Markham both have a very close working relationship with our business and provide a good service in terms of time to deliver and the highly detailed reporting that is produced. They have taken the time to understand our products and approach while adding real value to us.’

‘James Stones always goes beyond the call of duty. James understands the science behind our work and has a great success rate at opposition hearings because he is always very well prepared. I feel reassured when James is handling our patent oppositions and trust that the outcome will be as desired because he has consistently won cases for us. He is more than just a patent attorney; he is a business adviser to our company.’

‘Jon Markham is able to understand my business requirements from an IP perspective, budgetary limitations and suggest how to maximize protection for my designs within this context.’

‘James Stones and Ben Muir are highly skilled technically and legally – both are diligent, detail-oriented, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I have worked with Catherine Jewell, John Hull and John Raynor and have been impressed with each of them. I would give them each highest marks based on their legal and technical skills as well as their professionalism.’

Key clients

11 Health & Technology

Bruker Daltonik

Intract Pharma

Tillotts Pharma AG

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Beck Greener LLP  impresses with its strong contentious track record, with an especially busy caseload of UKIPO proceedings on top of a substantial stream of EUIPO representations. The group's strength in the management and development of international trade mark portfolios complements its contentious practice well. The publishing, cosmetics and entertainment sectors form a considerable part of the group's activity, but the client roster reveals wider-ranging sector expertise, including in the professional services, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors. Ian Bartlett is the head of the practice.


‘Ian Bartlett always goes beyond the call of duty. He understands the legal issues and commercial reality facing clients. He has a great success rate in contentious matters because he is always very well prepared. I feel reassured when Ian is handling our trade mark work and trust that the outcome will be as desired.’

‘Duncan Morgan is a senior trademark associate who provides thorough, comprehensive analysis of complex legal problems. His attention to detail is excellent. He is always available to discuss issues, is happy to format the focus of his reports to meet the particular circumstances of the end client, and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘If you are embroiled in a fight, there is no one better than Rowland Buehrlen, he is smart, witty and very quick on his feet. He is not impressionable, very thorough and does not like losing. In brief, this practice and in particular Buehrlen has your back.’

‘Rowland Buehrlen has keen insight into trade mark litigation and prosecution.’

‘Ian Bartlett is an excellent communicator, and will go above and beyond to get the right result for the client.’

Key clients

Basic Trademark S.A.

Condé Nast

Estée Lauder Group

K-Kaps International Ltd.


The Security Group (National) Limited.

Beck Greener at a Glance: Beck Greener based in London, UK and Alicante, Spain is one of the leading intellectual property (IP) firms in Europe.  The firm is proud to be one of the oldest IP firms in the world, helping to protect inventions, trade marks, designs and other intellectual property for over 150 years.

Beck Greener has a reputation for offering excellent service from highly experienced attorneys, with an impressive record of success before the European Patent Office (EPO), the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EU IPO), as well as before the UK courts.

Clients of Beck Greener: The firm has an enviable, longstanding client following, including companies listed on the S&P 500, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500.  Clients include global corporates, SMEs, start-ups, individual inventors and business owners across a wide range of sectors.  Beck Greener’s cross-border strength is demonstrated through its work in the US (chemicals, computing and industrial corporations); Europe (life sciences, electronics and consumer goods); as well as Asia (printing and electronics).

Beck Greener’s clients benefit from a team of attorneys who combine legal skills with in-house and/or technical expertise.  This diversity and depth of knowledge allows the Beck Greener  team to provide both practical and commercially realistic legal advice.  The  Beck Greener attorneys are at the forefront of the latest legal developments, regularly presenting and contributing on key issues for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Types of work undertaken at Beck Greener: The firm handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters providing advice, information and assistance relating to all aspects of registered and unregistered intellectual property.

Patents: Beck Greener’s  patent practice is divided into three groups:

■ Chemistry & Pharma

■ Life Sciences

■ Electronics, Physics & Engineering

The patent groups at Beck Greener each advise on inventions, patent applications and patents across all technical fields.  The attorneys handle all aspects of patent applications at the UK IPO, the EPO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  The firm also arranges filings in all major jurisdictions globally, and oversees the prosecution of patent applications to grant.  The attorneys act in patent infringement negotiations and in litigation.  Clients benefit from particular strengths in chemistry and on the electronics and hi-tech side, including computer hardware and software.

Trade Marks:

Beck Greener’s trade mark practice provides the full range of services relating to registered and unregistered trade marks, the trade marks department files and prosecutes applications to register trade marks in the UK, Europe and globally.  The attorneys work with many global brands and have experience of advising in a wide variety of business sectors including professional services, publishing, cosmetic, luxury goods, food & drink, domestic appliances, telecoms and life sciences.  The trade mark  department at Beck Greener  has a notable reputation in the entertainment industry.  Several of the firm’s attorneys have expertise in copyright.  Beck Greener is one of the largest filers of new trade mark applications in the UK.

Designs: Beck Greener has significant expertise in the area of filing, prosecution and enforcement of registered designs.  Acting for some large companies in design-sensitive areas, Beck Greener has an experienced team focusing particularly on the filing of Community and UK registered design applications.  Clients have enjoyed recent successes relating to enforcement of their registered and unregistered design rights, avoiding the need for litigation whilst ensuring their rights are respected.

IP Disputes: The skills and reputation of the experienced Beck Greener IP litigators bring a range of commercial benefits for clients.  Beck Greener is well placed to advise on trade mark and domain name disputes.  Attorneys are also skilled at dealing with the commercial aspects of trade marks, including licensing, assignments, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements.  The firm also acts in contentious proceedings relating to design and copyright matters in the UK and beyond.  Beck Greener’s trade mark partners appear in the Top Ten list of trade mark attorneys and solicitors by appearance at hearings before the UK IPO.

International:  Beck Greener’s main office is based in London, UK.  The firm also has an office in Alicante, Spain, to ensure that it can continue to provide the full range of services before the EUIPO in the event of the UK leaving the European Union.

 IP Auditing & Commercial Patent Strategy:  Beck Greener regularly advises both innovative companies and potential investors on the full range of issues they face in relation to their IP portfolios.


Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner John Raynor
Trade marks Ian Bartlett
Chemistry and pharma James Stones
Electronics, physics and engineering Avi Freeman
Software Nick Bebbington
Life sciences Ben Muir
Designs Avi Freeman
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ian Bartlett  photo Mr Ian Bartlett
Mr Nick Bebbington  photo Mr Nick Bebbington
Mr Rowland Buehrlen  photo Mr Rowland Buehrlen
Mr Avi Freeman  photo Mr Avi Freeman
Ms Anna Hatt  photo Ms Anna Hatt
Mr John Hull  photo Mr John Hull
Dr Catherine Jewell  photo Dr Catherine Jewell
Dr Jonathan Markham  photo Dr Jonathan Markham
Mr Duncan Morgan  photo Mr Duncan Morgan
Mr Ben Muir  photo Mr Ben Muir
Mr John Raynor  photo Mr John Raynor
Dr Deborah Selden  photo Dr Deborah Selden
Dr James Stones  photo Dr James Stones
Number of UK partners : 12
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

Beck Greener is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting diversity within the firm. We support IP Inclusive, an organisation dedicated to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the IP community. Beck Greener signed up to the IP Inclusive charter in May 2016 and our partner, Catherine Jewell, is our EDI Officer.

We encourage our people to work together with mutual respect as we believe this provides a culture within which we can develop both personally and professionally.

Pro bono work at Beck Greener

At Beck Greener, we believe that high quality IP advice should be available to all. We offer a service focused primarily on individuals and small businesses which provides a free initial consultation in which we will advise which forms of IP may be appropriate for a new idea and how to go about securing protection.

As part of our “STEM: Branching Out” project, we provide pro bono support to schools, mentoring students through the process of preparing and filing UK patent applications for their inventions, and analysing the initial search report.

CSR at Beck Greener

Beck Greener acknowledges its responsibilities to its people, the local community, the environment and the IP profession, and we take these responsibilities seriously, aiming to make a significant and positive contribution in these areas wherever possible.

The firm believes strongly in the importance of a sensible work/life balance and offers part-time partnership and flexible working hours. We also encourage and facilitate the personal development of our staff, for example, providing a very successful mentoring program for trainees, and supporting non-fee-earning staff in achieving further academic or professional qualifications.

In late 2013, as signatories of the local council’s Climate Change Commitment (CCC), we pledged to reduce our carbon emissions by at least 2%. To help us achieve this goal, we introduced the “greener Beck Greener” project designed to reduce our carbon footprint. We now review our environmental performance regularly, and introduce initiatives to make improvements wherever practicable.

Since joining the CCC, the firm has reduced its carbon footprint by over 10% and was awarded both the “Team Green” and “Cutting Carbon” marks of achievement in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – a unique achievement amongst CCC signatories.

With help from Heart of the City, we have also introduced and developed a successful community project, “STEM: Branching Out”, which promotes among young people careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in general and in the IP profession in particular.

There are several parts to the project. In the first of these, most of our eligible fee earners have become STEM Ambassadors through STEM Learning UK, and go into schools to promote STEM and/or assist with Insight Days held at our offices for groups of Year 10-12 students. We also provide enhanced work experience placements for Year 9 students, as well as the pro bono support to schools mentioned above. In the second part, we work with LDN Apprenticeships to provide opportunities for Apprentices in our support and IT functions. We have also previously provided work placements for IT students for their year in industry. Finally, we support all of our people in volunteering across a broad range of sectors, and in part to facilitate this project, we have introduced a day’s paid leave for voluntary work.

The success of the “STEM: Branching Out” project was recognised in 2018, when we were awarded The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for best new community project, and the STEM Employer (SME) Award in the STEM Inspiration Awards by STEM Learning UK.