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Swindell & Pearson Ltd
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TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 3

Swindell & Pearson Ltd shoulders a substantial patent application drafting caseload for electronics and engineering patents, with clients primarily coming from the automotive, mechanics, medical engineering, telecoms and electronics sectors.  A stand-out feature is the firm's experience in satellite technology. The firm puts particular emphasis on securing patent grants quickly. In addition to its drafting and prosecution work, the group is also well versed in assisting with strategic portfolio development and monetisation matters. Litigation is also handled. Practice head Paul Higgin in Derby is instrumental in fostering the often long-term client relationships with the firm's many international and UK-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Paul Higgin

Other key lawyers:

Scott Harrison; Tim Gilbert; Martin Terry; Simon Foster; Christine Anglesea


The team takes a very measured and analytical approach to reviewing patent matters. They demonstrate great skill and expertise on European patent matters.

The quality, professionalism, knowledge, and fee flexibility of the team are superb. I would highly recommend the firm.

I have always found them extremely honest in there appraisals. They are a company that is a pleasure to deal with. All the staff I have dealt with always give very concise advice and explain the fees involved. They are very good at keeping in touch explaining where each application is and what further actions need to be taken.

The attention to detail given by Tim Gilbert has been outstanding throughout the last few years.

I worked with Martin Terry and the results of the work were highly valuable.  Besides, when I requested something related to the work, he remembered and applied it to the other cases so it was really convenient and I felt that he respects my words.

Christine Anglesea: very experienced and talented patent attorney, who provides top quality attorney work even in most complex situations under tight deadlines, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Simon Foster is knowledgeable, responsive, and efficient. He handles patent applications in a number of different technical areas with precision and insight.  An overall great attorney.

Paul Higgin is exceptionally skilful in patent drafting and prosecution. I especially appreciate his drive to develop his technical expertise in emerging technologies – this is comparatively rare in a partner at his level. Scott Harrison has a masterly grasp of commercial issues, and is highly proactive in improving the commercial relevance of our applications.

Key clients

Nokia Technologies

Hill and Smith Holdings PLC

Valve Corporation


Wagstaff, Inc


T-Mobile USA

Jaguar Land Rover

Work highlights

  • Assisted Nokia with numerous high-value and technically very complex cases granted at the European Patent Office regarding telecommunication standards.
  • Assisted Nokia with the drafting of urgent patent applications for very complex inventions as a result of standardisation committee outcomes relating to complex signalling requirements used in 5G networks.
  • Acted for Accenture as one of three European patent attorney firms in patent filing and prosecution matters.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Swindell & Pearson Ltd expanded its trade mark filing and its UKIPO and EUIPO opposition hearing activity in 2020. Practice head Nick Womsley in Derby and his team specialise in strategic trade mark matters for a wide range of clients, including regional, national and international companies. The group is especially experienced in the fashion and food and beverage sectors, but is active in a wide range of industries. The complementary design prosecution and litigation practices are other key assets.

Practice head(s):

Nick Womsley

Other key lawyers:

Kieron Taylor; Katy Fuggle; Natasha Hybner


‘Knowledgeable, practical and commercially aware, offering advice that is pertinent in the real world. Prompt attention to my matters. Swindell and Pearson provide a full service in relation to trade marks and patents across our global business. The team are professional and proactive. They manage our trade mark applications and renewals in a timely and efficient manner. The practice is rather responsive in routine communications and in addressing our client’s questions and concerns. It is able to render solutions in an agile, cost-effective manner.’

‘Nick Womsley has a keen intellect and an encyclopaedic knowledge of IP matters. He offers sage advice in a down-to-earth manner, sprinkled with good humour. He and Katy Fuggle are a joy to work with.’

‘Kieron Taylor is our main contact and has excellent knowledge of our business requirements.’

‘All of the staff that we work with at Swindell and Pearson have attended to our requirements in a thoroughly professional manner. Natasha Hybner has always provided excellent service. She understands our business and has helped us to improve the management of our trade mark portfolio.’

‘Kieron Taylor responds to our queries and concerns regarding urgent matters in a swift way. His work quality is commendable even when given a short time period.’

‘Katy Fuggle is excellent. She takes the time to thoroughly understand our objectives & issues and help us make good decisions. Katy’s brilliant at breaking down the complicated processes/laws into pragmatic actionable direction. She’s been invaluable with her pre-filing advice and genuinely feels like part of our own company. Plus she’s a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Kieron Taylor and Nick Womsley have been incredibly supportive and patient in a long-running trade mark registration matter. They have been persistent, creative and very hard-working throughout the number of years that the issue has been running. Without them, we would not have been able to counteract the other side‘s claims and infringements of our registrations.’

‘Kieron Taylor is an exceptional attorney. He can settle very complicated cases and he is very responsive. He dealt with our complex cases diligently and professionally.’

Key clients

Slimming World

VKR Holding A/S

The Mentholatum Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Slimming World on its global trade mark portfolio management and global brand strategy, including representation in two trade mark appeals before the General Court in Luxembourg.
  • Advised Town & Country Petfoods on its trade mark portfolio and representing the client in oppositions to its growing trade mark rights.
  • Advised Benetton Holdings Limited on its trade mark portfolio and on oppositions to its trade mark rights.

We are experts in securing and enforcing intellectual property rights across the world, in the form of patents, trade marks and designs. We have served our clients’ intellectual property needs for over 140 years. Local, national and multinational companies trust our attorneys with their patent, design and trade mark portfolios.

We aim to build long-term, enduring relationships with our clients
We have long-term relationships with many of clients. Some of these client relationships have been built over decades. This is because we care about helping our clients develop and grow their businesses. We believe this is demonstrated in the services that we provide and the trust that has been built up with our clients over the years.

We care about our clients
We go beyond the transactional, learning about what our clients’ plans are for the future and how we can support them in achieving their goals. Sometimes our clients contact us with knowledge of exactly which intellectual
property services they need. Other times, they know where they want their businesses to be, but they need our practical knowledge of the intellectual property landscape to identify how intellectual property can help them to get there. We know that this can only be done with a thorough understanding of a client’s business.

We are dedicated specialists in technical and legal matters
Our attorneys have obtained degrees in a wide variety of science and engineering subjects from some of the world’s leading universities. It’s not unusual to encounter an attorney that has a higher degree or PhD.

As a community of experts, we work hard to remain on the cutting edge of technical and legal matters so that we can best serve our clients. We organise monthly internal seminars to share best practice. We travel the globe to speak at international conferences and learn from others.

The firm: Swindell & Pearson offers intellectual property services comparable to the very best firms in Europe. Its quality control is exceptional whilst its Midlands based location allows it to deliver genuine value for money for the benefit of clients. As a mid-sized firm, Swindell & Pearson is able to provide a flexible and accommodating approach for the benefit of clients.

The firm is commercially minded, attentive and responsive. Clients always know who has done a piece of work and they are able to speak to that person directly. The firm doesn’t have unnecessary partner layers between clients and its attorneys.

Attorneys like to get to know their clients and adapt to their needs. Every client is important to the firm and attorneys are committed to developing long-lasting, trust driven relationships that deliver genuine value for both sides. It’s why so many of its multinational clients trust and rate the firm so highly.

“Provides excellent, professional, and timely service”.

“Brings sanity and a path forward to a sometimes chaotic and constantly changing landscape”.

“Very professional and dedicated team always thinks outside of the box and comes up with different options to solve any issue”.

Just some of the ways in which clients have recently commended the firm which reflect its focus on providing exceptional client care.

Swindell & Pearson boasts one of the UK’s top advanced technology patent teams and is proud that multinational companies seek out the firm to represent them in their valuable patent matters.

The firm’s trade mark team is praised by clients as “Packed with experience, it knows what client care is all about and what it takes to create and drive IP value”. Alongside providing a full range of trade mark services in the UK, Europe and worldwide, the firm also represents clients in the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) on the most intricate and complex of trade mark disputes.

Several of the firm’s attorneys bring experience of working in-house whilst recently attorneys have been posted on secondment at clients’ offices. This informs the firm’s commercially focused approach to intellectual property and ensures attorneys truly understand their clients’ requirements.

The firm has significant strength in depth in the semiconductors, nanotechnology, telecommunications, automotive and software fields. Several attorneys have also recently developed technical knowledge within the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence and are already working with their clients to protect valuable inventions within these areas.

Types of work undertaken: Swindell & Pearson’s patent practice provides exceptional patent drafting, filing, prosecution and case management services. With considerable knowledge and experience of drafting patents before the European Patent Office (EPO), attorneys are not only able to draft high quality patent applications and prosecute them successfully to grant with advantageous claim scopes but also have experience in using EPO oppositions to its client’s advantage.

Expertise includes drafting applications suitable for UK, European and international patent prosecution, managing international patent portfolios, advising on patent infringement and third-party conflicts, contentious proceedings including infringement and revocation proceedings, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO, patent auditing, patent assignments, licensing and due diligence.

The firm regularly drafts valuable patent applications for prosecution across the world as well as responding to office actions. Attorneys are familiar with the different requirements of many jurisdictions and are therefore able to draft and prosecute applications to the best effect in multiple regions. Swindell & Pearson handles many large, complex families of applications and attorneys are particularly experienced in providing strategic advice to help clients obtain the strongest protection that is most appropriate for them.

Swindell & Pearson’s trade mark practice has a very strong reputation for assisting clients in relation to their trade mark requirements throughout the world. Expertise includes advising on trade mark infringement and third party conflicts, filing and registration of trade mark applications in the UK, Europe and worldwide, managing large international trade mark portfolios, trade mark clearance searches, oppositions, revocation and invalidation proceedings, advising on the effective use and exploitation of trade marks, watching services, advice in relation to trade marks on the internet, advice on counterfeit products, assignments and licensing.

The firm also provides additional services for designs and industrial copyright.

Patents Paul Higginpaul.higgin@patents.co.uk+44 1332 367 051
Trade Marks Nick Womsleynick.womsley@patents.co.uk+44 1332 367 051
Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

CLIENT: Anthony Ashbrook
COMPANY/FIRM: Mobile Acuity
TESTIMONIAL: Patent protection has been critical to growing the value of our business as we are operating in the same space as large multinationals. Being first to market is not enough in itself when faced with significantly better-resourced competition. Paul Higgin’s advice throughout the lifetime of the company has been invaluable.

CLIENT: Chris Ison
COMPANY/FIRM: Codemakers
TESTIMONIAL: Swindell & Pearson have helped us secure both the Codemakers and Shipmate brands, guiding us through the often complicated world of trade mark protection. They clearly explained to us the options for protecting our brands, both nationally and internationally, and kept us informed at all stages of the process. We take the protection of our IP extremely seriously and Swindell & Pearson gave us peace of mind, knowing that our brands are protected now and into the future.

As part of its commitment to diversity, Swindell & Pearson Ltd is a member of IP Inclusive which is an organisation that promotes diversity throughout the UK’s intellectual property (IP) professions. Swindell & Pearson Ltd is also a charter signatory of IP Inclusive’s Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. By signing up to the charter, Swindell and Pearson Ltd has made a public endorsement of diversity within the UK’s IP professions. As part of its diversity initiatives, Swindell & Pearson Ltd also provides diversity and inclusivity training to all new staff members.

Martin Terry, a director at Swindell & Pearson Ltd and the firm’s diversity lead, is a member of IP Inclusive’s Senior Leaders’ Diversity Think Tank which brings together senior leaders from the private sector patent and trade mark professions to identify practical steps for making the IP sector more diverse and inclusive.  Martin is also a founding signatory of IP Inclusive’s Senior Leaders’ Pledge for effecting positive change with regards to diversity and inclusivity.