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Beck Greener LLP

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

Beck Greener LLP's distinguishing features include its extensive experience in the publishing, entertainment and cosmetics sectors, its role as one of the most active representatives in UKIPO hearings, and its combined prosecution and litigation offering. Practice head Ian Bartlett, a trade mark attorney whose training as a barrister is an asset in the group's complex disputes, expertly handles with trade mark, copyright and design matters - he is known for being 'superb at gaining clients' confidence, understanding their commercial needs, and exceeding expectations'. The group's portfolio includes anti-counterfeiting matters and rights enforcement and a very active UK and EU filing practice, handled post-Brexit through the firm's Alicante office where Rowland Buehrlen is the key contact. With a client roster that includes many well-known multinationals as well as UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises and sole traders, the practice is equally at home in cross-border matters as it is in domestic trade mark prosecution issues. John Raynor switched from a senior partner role to a consultant position in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ian Bartlett

Other key lawyers:

Rowland Buehrlen; Catherine Jewell; Deborah Selden; Duncan Morgan; Kashif Syed; John Raynor


Real world counsel for busy companies. Clear concise presentations of the situation with the ability to drill down and explain complex points in a manner that maintains control with us.

What makes Beck Greener stand out is the hands-on approach. We are treated as family, key strengths are their in-depth knowledge and communication skills which are vital to anyone venturing into this field.

Ian Bartlett and Kashif Syed are very creative, thorough, and careful. They have assisted with tough problems through thinking of solutions that are not always the most obvious.

Their knowledge of trade marks and patents is outstanding. Friendly, but aggressive when fighting your corner.

Catherine Jewell is exceptional in all fields – it is as simple as that. We have a fantastic working partnership.’

Duncan Morgan has provided us with comprehensive, yet practical advice on a wide range of matters, including contentious work. He has the ability to work at speed when necessary and is easily approachable. Managing intellectual property requires a uniform approach as it can be all-consuming, Duncan understands this clearly and tempers his recommendations to ensure that protection is given without unreasonable expense.

All points of contact with Beck Greener are excellent. Kashif Syed and Ian Bartlett look after our work and are both outstanding! Communication is excellent and often proactive, thus ensuring any statutory deadlines are always met. Basically we are totally satisfied with all aspects of this firms operations.

Kashif Syed is very responsive and Ian Bartlett is extremely knowledgeable.

Key clients

The Condé Nast Publications (e.g. Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour, The New Yorker and others)

The Estée Lauder Companies (e.g. Estee Lauder, Clinique, Origins, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Jo Malone and others)


The British Phonographic Industry

Chevron Products Company


Tiffany and Company



Lewis Hamilton

Ed Sheeran

Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers 111)

Tchibo Coffee International

Spectrum Brands

Tillotts Pharma

Knight Frank

Telehouse International Corporation of Europe


Ferdinand Bilstein UK

Workspace Group

Energizer Holdings

Sigala Music

MPL Communications

Preventice Solutions, Inc.

Arcadia Spectacular

The Chord Company

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

The London-based Beck Greener LLP is described as 'an exceptional patent firm which delivers the best for each client, from application to potential disputes.' The firm impresses with its very successful EPO oppositions and appeals practice, and is regularly selected by major multinationals as adviser for European patent prosecution. In 2020, the practice grew its filing practice through a mix of new and existing clients and has also grown its designs practice. Avi Freeman, whose specialisms include computer-implemented inventions and patent prosecution before the USPTO, leads the electronics, physics and mechanical engineering practice -  he is praised for 'his vast technological range', which means 'he always impresses clients with his understanding of their specific concerns'. James Stones, whose expertise includes EPO and USPTO patent prosecution, heads the chemical, pharma and chemical engineering team, while Ben Muir is the head of the life sciences practice - his experience includes transactional and licensing work in addition to original drafting and prosecution in the UK, at the EPO and in the US. The 'excellent' Catherine Jewell and 'outstanding advocate' John Hull specialise in the chemical field, while Anna Hatt is well regarded for her 'expert knowledge and ability to overcome problems'.

Practice head(s):

Avi Freeman; James Stones; Ben Muir

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Jewell; Anna Hatt; John Hull; Nick Bebbington; Jonathan Markham; Deborah Selden


Their practice is unique in that they provide a high level service from the person that actually does the work. They also have a team that has been together for a long time, which seems to say a lot about their culture. They also have the great ability to clarify issues in simple straightforward manner – this has lead to great success in obtaining EP patents. Their strengths include an in-depth knowledge of both EPO practice and the chemical arts that gives confidence that your matter is being handled in the proper fashion.

Beck Greener always provides an exceptional level of service, where dealing with them is a pleasure. Their system for imparting information and billing is clear, accurate and timely.

Avi Freeman – excellent availability, strategic advice and fair billing.’

I have worked with John Hull, and I am very impressed with his technical and legal skills. John can quickly and accurately assess various technical matters, and he has the keen acumen to make sound business and legal decisions. His advocacy skills are also outstanding.  I have always appreciated his utmost professionalism and positive attitude when working together.

We work with Anna Hatt and Deborah Selden. Both are solidly reliable and knowledgeable with sharp minds, able to understand technical matters in depth and apply what is needed for success. They also don’t shy away from finding extra prior art etc when there are gaps in the argumentation. Anna plans well ahead and acts immediately on all matters, such that you really feel safe that everything and all angles of a case will have been properly considered and dealt with.

Jon Markham and Avi Freeman are both highly engaged with our business, and have a good understanding of our products and marketplace along with our expectations of service. Formal reporting is highly detailed and supported by discussions as and when required.

I work with Catherine Jewell and it is astonishing how she is able to draft a whole patent in a couple of days after just having a brief meeting to discuss the inventions.

Catherine Jewell is our contact and she provides an excellent service, anticipating our needs before we are even aware of them ourselves. Her knowledge is excellent and her ability to translate the very technical world of patent and trade registrations into our level is always spot on.

Key clients

Tillotts Pharma

Intract Pharma


Flashy Limited

Bruker Daltonik

Sthaler (FinGo)

K-Kaps International

Beck Greener at a Glance: Beck Greener is a leading UK and European intellectual property (IP) firm and one of the oldest IP firms in the world, protecting inventions, trade marks, designs and other intellectual property for over 150 years. The firm has offices in London and Spain, and continues to provide our full range of services relating to both UK and European Union Trade Marks and Designs post-Brexit.  We handle contentious and non-contentious IP matters including patents, trade marks, copyright, registered and unregistered designs.

Clients of Beck Greener: Beck Greener has an enviable, longstanding client base 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.  The team is particularly strong on cross-border work, with clients in the US, Europe and Asia.

Principal areas of work
Patents:  The firm’s patent practice is divided into three groups:

  • Chemistry and pharma
  • Life sciences
  • Electronics, physics and engineering

Beck Greener’s patent attorneys draft, file and prosecute patent applications in the UK, throughout Europe and internationally.  The firm has a strong track record in patent opposition and appeals before the European Patent Office.

Trade marks: Providing the full range of services relating to registered and unregistered trade marks, the team files and prosecutes applications to register trade marks in the UK, Europe and globally for some of the world’s biggest brands.  Beck Greener is one of the largest filers of new trade mark applications in the UK, and one of the UK’s largest filers of EU trade mark applications, which the firm continues to handle as part of its Alicante Office’s services.  We  work with many internationally renowned brands and have experience of advising in a wide variety of business sectors.  The department has a notable reputation in the entertainment industry.  Several of the firm’s attorneys have expertise in copyright.  The team is also skilled at dealing with the commercial aspects of trade marks, including licensing, assignments, and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements.

IP disputes: Beck Greener has an impressive record of success in litigation and contentious proceedings relating to trade mark, design and copyright matters in the UK courts 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.

Designs: Acting for some large companies in design-sensitive areas, the firm has an experienced team focusing particularly on the filing of Community and UK registered design applications.  We have had several successes on behalf of clients relating to enforcement of their registered and unregistered design rights, avoiding the need for costly litigation whilst ensuring their rights are respected.

Department Name Email Telephone
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 Ian Bartlett heads up the trade marks department at Beck Greener, which…
Mr Nick Bebbington  photo Mr Nick Bebbington Nick’s major areas of work include consumer electronics, set top boxes and…
Mr Rowland Buehrlen  photo Mr Rowland Buehrlen Rowland has over 17 years’ experience of trade mark practice. He has an…
Mr Avi Freeman  photo Mr Avi Freeman Avi heads the electronics, physics and mechanical engineering team at Beck Greener.…
Ms Anna Hatt  photo Ms Anna Hatt Anna has a technical background in chemistry. She enjoys handling a wide…
Mr John Hull  photo Mr John Hull John has over fifteen years’ experience, working mainly in the chemical sector.…
Dr Catherine Jewell  photo Dr Catherine Jewell  
Dr Jonathan Markham  photo Dr Jonathan Markham Jonathan’s background is in physics.  His practice involves a wide range of…
Mr Duncan Morgan  photo Mr Duncan Morgan Duncan handles all aspects of trade mark and design work, from advising…
Mr Ben Muir  photo Mr Ben Muir Ben’s practice focuses on the chemical, chemical engineering and life sciences sectors.…
Mr John Raynor  photo Mr John Raynor John is a consultant who works mainly in the chemical and instrumentation…
Dr Deborah Selden  photo Dr Deborah Selden Deborah’s technical background is in chemistry. Her practice spans a wide range…
Dr James Stones  photo Dr James Stones James specialises in the chemical, pharmaceutical and medical sectors. His chemical practice…
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 9
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.