Patents

Our patent attorneys have a wealth of experience in all aspects of patent law and can advise across a wide and diverse range of technical areas.

Whether you’re a sole inventor or large corporation, protecting your ideas is vital. Our European and UK Attorneys can act on your behalf, presenting your case to the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). Thanks to our network of associates overseas, we can advise on different patent laws and protect or defend you anywhere in the world.

Our services include:


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 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

  • Representing patent owners and opponents before the EPO 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 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

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