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Beck Greener LLP

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

Beck Greener LLP ‘has an excellent reputation and is one of the strongest IP law firms in the UK’. The team has expertise in supporting multinational corporations across a broad range of sectors, including media and entertainment, financial services, life sciences, fashion, and beauty, and it is highly adept at managing global trade mark portfolios. It expertly handles both EU and UK matters, including IP strategy, clearance, prosecution, and litigation. Additionally, anti-counterfeiting mandates and design enforcement matters are also with in the group’s capabilities. Ian Bartlett heads up the team and is praised by one client for having ‘a strong theoretical and practical knowledge in all areas of IP’; Bartlett frequently appears before the UKIPO and Appointed Persons in contentious proceedings. He is supported by Catherine Jewell, who has expertise in defending brands in opposition proceedings, Rowland Buehrlen, who heads up the firm’s Alicante office, associate trade mark attorneys IP litigator Duncan Morgan, and associates Kashif Syed and Jessica Vallis.

Practice head(s):

Ian Bartlett


‘Beck Greener has an excellent reputation and is one of the strongest IP law firms in the UK.’

‘Ian Bartlett has a strong theoretical and practical knowledge in all areas of IP. He is extremely smart, pragmatic, and thorough. He is equally effective as a strategist and tactician, and he tailors his advice to the individual needs of his clients and to the specific requirement of each situation.’

‘Catherine Jewell is able to understand very easily what we want to protect and write it in a simple manner. She is smart, fast, and trustworthy.’

‘The team’s strengths are its creativity, common sense, and ability to adjust the scale and scope of a project based on a client’s business needs.’

‘Ian Bartlett and Duncan Morgan are strategic problem solvers that know how to win when winning is what’s most important and otherwise know how to reach positive solutions for clients.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of trademark law from all aspects.’

‘Kashif Syed is dedicated, responsive, and creative.’

‘Duncan Morgan is pleasant, clever, highly reliable, and operates at high standards.’

Key clients

Pharrell Williams

The Condé Nast Publications

The Estée Lauder Companies


The British Phonographic Industry

Chevron Products Company


Tiffany and Company


Lewis Hamilton

Ed Sheeran


Tillotts Pharma

Knight Frank




TED Talks


Cards Against Humanity

Incos / Debonair

LifeAID Beverages Co LLC

Hinduja Bank

Prime Hydration LLC

EFG Hermes

PIC Corporation

Next Insurance Inc

Digital Commerce Inc

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Official UK Charts Company against Global Radio in its attempt to prevent the client from obtaining registered protection for its key OFFICIAL CHARTS trade mark.
  • Advising PwC on a range of measures to protect its brands, including advising PwC UK, PwC US, and the global PwC organisation.
  • Assisting Tapestry with managing its entire European portfolios since 2020, including advising on filing and prosecuting trade mark applications, and in relation to IP risks and strategies across the UK and Europe.

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

Beck Greener LLP’s ‘exceptionally experienced team’ acts for international clients on their EU and global patent-related matters, and the group has notable expertise in handling contentious matters, including oppositions and appeals before the EPO. It also manages European and global patent portfolios. The practice is jointly led by Avi Freeman, who heads up the electronics, physics, and mechanical engineering group, James Stones with expertise in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and chemical engineering, and Ben Muir, medical and life sciences lead. Catherine Jewell is another notable name, regularly representing major chemical companies in prosecutions, oppositions, and appeals before the EPO.

Practice head(s):

Avi Freeman; James Stones; Ben Muir

Other key lawyers:

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


‘An exceptionally experienced team skilled in all areas of patent law. It is very well networked with connections in the private and public sectors.’

‘John Hull, Catherine Jewell, and Anna Hatt are excellent patent practitioners, and they particularly stand out for their ability to apply European patent law to navigate complex opposition issues.’

‘Anna Hatt is a go-to patent attorney. She provides clarity about costs upfront, works fast, and delivers a high-quality product.’

‘The firm’s patent attorneys are excellent. They have had strong technical training and quickly understand new scientific and engineering concepts. Another strength of Beck Greener is the firm’s diversity of people.’

‘Excellent communication skills and outstanding legal skills. They continuously come up with alternative approaches to attack legal issues and provide the risks and benefits to allow the client to make the best decision going forward.’

‘James Stones and Catherine Jewell are highly capable patent lawyers who have the ability to simplify complex problems when explaining the best course of action for their clients. Both work very quickly under pressure, are able to think on their feet, and always provide innovative solutions to the problems at hand.’

‘James Stones provides outstanding services. He is proactive, cost conscious, and highly competent, and he can explain patent-related issues in words that are understandable to the non-patent lawyer people.’

‘Catherine Jewell and John Hull’s knowledge of oppositions and case law is impressive; John quickly identifies the key issues and case law that would be most relevant to the matter, and Catherine’s ability to quickly take on complicated matters is unsurpassed.’

Key clients

Tillotts Pharma


Intract Pharma

Flashy Limited

White Motorcycle Concepts

Bruker Daltonics GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Tillotts Pharma AG on a range of patent issues including assisting in relation to Tillotts’ global patent portfolio relating to new drug delivery technologies, which covers over 80 countries.
  • Advising FabRx on protecting its newest innovations while also establishing an extensive global patent portfolio for its technology covering the 3D printing of pharmaceuticals.
  • Acting for White Motorcycle Concepts on patent related matters in the UK, the US, and other jurisdictions internationally.

Beck Greener at a Glance: Beck Greener is a leading UK and European intellectual property firm and has been protecting inventions, trade marks, designs and other intellectual property for over 150 years. Known for the high quality of its client service, it operates from offices in the heart of London and close to the EUIPO in Spain, from where its experts offer high quality advice across the spectrum of intellectual property services. Whatever the area, from protecting UK and EU trade marks and registered and unregistered designs post-Brexit, to handling contentious and non-contentious work connected with patents or copyrights, Beck Greener’s talented attorneys offer top-class, pragmatic advice tailored to client needs.

Beck Greener’s approach to client service: At Beck Greener we are immensely proud of our high client retention rates, having served many businesses for over 40 years. These include world-leading companies from sectors like media, technology and AI, life sciences, chemicals and engineering. Many of these are globally significant brand owners listed on the S&P 500, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500. However, we are just as proud of our work for SMEs, start-ups, individual inventors, and other business owners across a wide range of sectors. The team is particularly strong on cross-border work, and serves many clients based in the US, Europe and Asia.

These clients keep returning to Beck Greener because they appreciate our practical approach, commitment to understanding their businesses and dedication to helping them solve their toughest challenges. They also value a ‘boutique’ style, which makes impressive use of technology to combine partner-led personal service with lean, cost-effective staffing. So, regardless of the size or field of your business, we will provide a service designed to meet your needs.

Principal areas of work
Patents:  The firm’s patent practice is divided into three groups, covering chemistry, pharmaceutical and chemical engineering; the medical and life sciences sectors; and mechanical, engineering, physics and digital patents.

In each of these fields, Beck Greener’s patent attorneys draft, file and prosecute patent applications in the UK, throughout Europe and internationally. With our strong grasp of market conditions and the approaches of different administrative bodies, we routinely help clients to protect and exploit their inventions. The firm also has a strong track record in patent opposition and appeals before the European Patent Office.

Trade marks and copyright: Providing the full range of services relating to registered and unregistered trade marks, Beck Greener files and prosecutes trade mark applications in the UK, Europe and globally for some of the world’s biggest brands. As one of the largest filers of new trade mark applications in the UK, as well as one of the UK’s largest filers of EU trade mark applications, we have experience of advising leading players from a wide variety of business sectors.

A number of Beck Greener’s attorneys also have expertise in copyright, as befits a firm working at the heart of the media and entertainment sector. 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 is especially renowned for our outstanding record of success in litigation and contentious proceedings relating to trade mark, design and copyright matters in the UK courts and beyond. This is supported by research showing that, for example, our partners have appeared in the Top Ten list of trade mark attorneys and solicitors by appearance at hearings before the UK IPO.

 Designs: Acting for large companies in design-sensitive areas, Beck Greener fields an experienced team with considerable experience of filing Community and UK registered design applications. We have had numerous successes on behalf of clients relating to the 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, pharmaceutical & chemical engineering James Stones
Mechanical, engineering, physics & digital Avi Freeman
Software Nick Bebbington
Medical & life sciences Ben Muir
Designs Avi Freeman
Photo Name Position Profile
Ian Bartlett photo Mr Ian Bartlett Ian is a recognised expert in trade mark, designs, copyright and merchandising…
Nick Bebbington photo Mr Nick Bebbington Highly experienced and strategically astute, Nick is well known for obtaining patent…
Rowland Buehrlen photo Mr Rowland Buehrlen According to his clients, “if you are embroiled in a fight, there…
Avi Freeman photo Mr Avi Freeman Experienced in working with market leading companies from fields as diverse as…
Anna Hatt photo Ms Anna Hatt A “chemistry ace” according to commentators, Anna Hatt impresses clients with her…
John Hull photo Mr John Hull John Hull, who consistently impresses clients with his “technical and legal skills”…
Catherine Jewell photo Dr Catherine Jewell “Enthusiastic and committed” patent and trade mark expert Catherine Jewell is admired…
Jonathan Markham photo Dr Jonathan Markham Responsive, commercially-aware and astute, Jonathan Markham wins praise from clients for understanding…
Duncan Morgan photo Mr Duncan Morgan Duncan Morgan is a senior trade mark attorney with experience of a…
Ben Muir photo Mr Ben Muir An expert in pharmaceuticals and biotech work, as well as chemicals and…
Deborah Selden photo Dr Deborah Selden Deborah Selden is especially well known for her expertise in the chemicals…
James Stones photo Dr James Stones To his clients, James Stones is “more than just a patent attorney;…
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)