Patent Services

Patent drafting


  • Interpreting search reports and ‘invention spotting’, including patentability assessments
  • Advising on worldwide patent filing, including when and where to file, and the coordination of non-patent publications
  • Determining inventorship
  • Preparing and filing patent specifications and patent term extension applications for pharmaceutical and agrochemical products (including Supplementary Protection Certificates)

Patent prosecution


  • Considering and responding to examination reports issued by patent offices, including advising on amendment options and preparing technical and legal arguments, and instructing overseas patent attorneys
  • Preparing inventor declarations in support of patent applications
  • Filing third-party observations during examination proceedings
  • Conducting oral proceedings before the UK IPO, DPMA, German Patent Court (BPatG) and EPO for patent examination matters
  • Providing strategic advice to in-house patent counsel on complex, high-value prosecution cases, particularly where future litigation is anticipated
  • Preparing and filing applications for re-establishment of patent rights

Conducting patent opposition proceedings before the EPO and DPMA


  • Representing patent owners and opponents before the EPO, DPMA and BPatG during opposition and appeal proceedings
  • Carrying out pre-opposition patent validity assessments
  • Conducting prior art searches and assessing results
  • Preparing and filing notices and substantive grounds of opposition and appeal
  • Conducting oral proceedings before the EPO, DPMA and BPatG for patent oppositions and appeals
  • Coordinating multiple opposition and appeal proceedings in related technology fields
  • Providing general strategic advice on third party patents

Advice relating to patent infringement and validity


  • Conducting prior art searches and assessing results
  • Providing patent validity and/or infringement opinions
  • Providing freedom-to-operate opinions
  • Providing general strategic advice on third party patents

Advice relating to patent ownership and licensing of technology


  • Registering patent licenses, assignments and transfers of ownership
  • Advising on ownership and transfer of patent rights
  • Drafting and advising on the scope of patent licenses and assignments

Conducting patent due diligence


  • Assessing third party patent portfolios as part of due diligence exercises
  • Providing independent assessments of patent validity and/or infringement
  • Providing independent assessments of patentability
  • Providing independent assessments of patent ownership