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Beck Greener LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 3

Beck Greener LLP saw an uptick in work for pharmaceutical clients, expanded existing relationships with its advanced technology clients to assist with the prosecution of physics and electronics patents, and continued to field a busy caseload in the chemical and life sciences sectors. The group assists with contentious and non-contentious matters alike and is experienced in taking over complex cases at an advanced stage. Since March 2019, the firm has had an office in Alicante in addition to its headquarters in London. Avi Freeman directs the practice.

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‘A very capable team. They work collaboratively between themselves and with us throughout the task in hand. The quality of reporting far exceeds that I have experienced from other firms.’

‘There is a real desire to achieve results and a great level of guidance on the approaches that could be taken. The standout individuals for me would be Avi Freeman and Jon Markham as these are my main contacts, but all the team members I have dealt with are highly skilled and customer focused.’

‘Responsive, expert, friendly.’

‘Avi Freeman has exceptional tech and patent knowledge. He runs a great specialist team of associates, who always deliver top-quality work to brief and budget.’

‘Beck Greener are communicative, flexible, stable, entrepreneurial and clear.’

‘The team is always very efficient, effective and timely.’

‘Catherine Jewell is always enthusiastic and committed to our cause, and advises us in a user-friendly way as sometimes the jargon can be overwhelming.’

Key clients


Intract Pharma

Tillotts Pharma

Flashy Limited

Bruker Daltonik


K-Kaps International

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Under the leadership of the renowned Ian Bartlett, the team at Beck Greener LLP saw a significant expansion of its client roster between 2019 and 2020, gaining several well-known clients, including a number from the entertainment sector and a major energy multinational. The group stands out for its track record as one of the most active UK and EU trade mark filers and as an experienced representative in registration proceedings, especially before the UKIPO, in addition to its string of successfully fought IP litigation matters. In March 2019 the firm opened an office in Alicante, the home of the European Intellectual Property Office; the new base is headed up by Rowland Buehrlen.

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‘Everybody is very laid back, but super knowledgeable. The advice provided can be very easily used and it’s to the point. Basically, they know their stuff and I can only highly recommend working with them.’

‘They are highly responsive, know their stuff and, most importantly, understand the commercial context of their advice. Other PATMAs I’ve dealt with focus on the technical aspects rather than commercial practicalities.’

‘Ian Bartlett is an excellent trade mark expert and I am always sure that I will get a positive outcome.’

‘Thorough knowledge and experience.’

‘Duncan Morgan is well versed in trade mark matters and thorough.’

‘They stand out for their sheer professionalism and enormous depth of specialist knowledge, both individually and as a firm. They are friendly, very approachable and take the time to explain complex issues in a clear and understandable way. They put the client first and ensure that we understand the risk and timescales involved before commencing any action.’

‘Top class. It was a pleasure working with them.’

‘Rowland Buehrlen and his team provide an excellent service. They are real professionals and make all IP matters as easy as a walk in the park for us.’

‘I would recommend Rowland Buehrlen to anyone looking for a great trade mark attorney. He knows what he is doing, and works hard to master what the client is looking for. I gave him a recipe of what I wanted; he took that recipe, worked with it, added to it, and turned it into a masterpiece. He works hard, and is fair with his billing. Rowland not only has that ‘big firm’ background and expertise, but he is great to work with on a smaller level for people like us.’

Key clients

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



Tiffany and Company


Tapestry (Coach and Kate Spade)

Tapestry (Stuart Weizman)

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

Tillotts Pharma

Knight Frank

Telehouse International Corporation of Europe

Sally Beauty International

Flyers Group

Ferdinand Bilstein UK

The Mitchell Group

Workspace Group


Ed Sheeran

MPL Communications (Sir Paul McCartney)

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.