We assist with protecting, enforcing and defending all types of intellectual property rights throughout the world, including patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, domain names and company names. We deal directly with the UK Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the Community Trade Marks and Designs Office (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
We deal with all other patent and trade mark offices through our extensive network of associate attorneys in each country and territory throughout the world.
Patents – We handle the full range of technical subject matter, including the increasingly complex areas of biotechnology and electronics.
Trade marks – We have particular experience in the fields of manufacturing; pharmaceuticals (prescription and OTC); medical equipment and devices; cosmetics & healthcare products; footwear and clothing; food and drink; household goods; building products; retail services; banking and finance; publishing and education.
We advise on all forms of unregistered intellectual property rights including copyright and design rights.
Our "practice areas" pages will provide you with more detailed information on IP rights.
We assist our clients on all types of IP disputes, including those relating to ownership, infringement and validity of intellectual property rights.
We have extensive experience of negotiating and securing amicable settlement of patent, trade mark, design, copyright and domain name disputes, including drafting coexistence agreements and licences.
We can provide a full range of IP services in-house.
Our consultancy services are offered on a fixed fee basis, with packages tailored to clients' specific requirements. Consultancy can often be the ideal solution for those clients with larger portfolios who may require a greater degree of control over portfolio management and the IP budget.
Consultancy can be provided on an ongoing regular basis, or to clients requiring temporary assistance with specific projects, such as acquisitions and divestments, etc.
We can also provide cover for maternity leave, sickness, periods of recruitment and sabbaticals amongst the client's in-house staff.
Clients currently using our consultancy services have seen significant cost savings. They have also been able to take advantage of having an IP professional on hand, in order to do the kind of tasks which would generally be given a low priority, for example intra company transfers, records and portfolio audits/reviews.
If you would like to discuss our consultancy services further, please contact Natalie Brindle
We maintain fully detailed records of patent, trade mark and design portfolios on behalf of our clients.
We handle renewal procedures for all IP rights.
We encourage clients to view their records and documentation via the internet, making use of our advanced IT systems and fully secure access. Our clients can therefore quickly and directly obtain all information on their IP rights, including fully transparent details of the costs that have been incurred on each matter.
We have wide experience of carrying out IP audits, working with the clients to identify and evaluate early stage technology and advising on the best and most cost-effective ways of protecting any patentable inventions.
Our patent, trade mark and design audits can include a detailed review of existing IP, including checking ownership, providing summaries of critical dates such as renewals, providing a full breakdown/forecast of upcoming IP costs and advice on potential streamlining.
We give strategic advice on the management of client intellectual property portfolios with the aim of supporting the growth of the business by maximising the strength of the portfolio. We review a client's patent, trade mark and design portfolios in relation to its business objectives and competitive environment.
We can provide on-site, in-house training aimed at client's personnel to whom an understanding of IP and its exploitation is important.
Such personnel can include researchers, technology transfer staff, marketing staff, product developers and buyers.
We help clients to identify any intellectual property assets which are not core to their business so may provide an out-licensing opportunity and to identify any IP assets which might be in-licensed to strengthen the client's core portfolio.
We can also help clients to conclude their licence agreements by providing them with licensing support, such as assistance with the construction of deals and in negotiating terms.
We endeavour to assist and advise individuals and small businesses grappling with intellectual property issues for the first time.
We work with the various agencies, including West Yorkshire Ventures and Manchester Inventors Group, in helping businesses develop and protect their important intellectual creations. We attend some local patent and IP clinics.