Intellectual Property

International Patent

Safeguarding your intellectual assets throughout the world is critical to the success of your business. You need counsel with the experience and integration to handle all your intellectual property matters effectively and efficiently — from US and European patent procurement to IP enforcement actions.

The patent attorneys in our London and US offices work together to help you obtain and enforce your intellectual property rights throughout the globe. We offer a single point of contact for you to initiate the filing of your European and US patent applications and to protect your inventions across continents. We offer comprehensive IP services to clients wherever they are based.

Quick Facts

  • Integrated US / European IP practice
  • European Patent Attorneys (EPAs) and UK Chartered Patent Attorneys (CPAs) in London office
  • US patent and trade mark attorneys in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, DC
  • Direct access to US advice for European clients
  • Direct access to UK and European advice for US clients
  • IP team includes solicitors and patent attorneys
  • Experience before the UK IPO, European Patent Office, and EU Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market (Trademarks and Designs)
  • Particular strength in the life sciences, including pharmaceuticals, drug formulations and novel therapeutic treatments, biotechnology, genetics, diagnostics, biomarkers, and medical devices.
  • Protect inventions in the fields of clean technology, electronics, electro-mechanics, aerospace and aviation, computer-implemented inventions, and software

Areas of Focus

  • Invention analysis
  • Patent drafting
  • Prior art searching and patentability / validity analysis
  • UK and European patent prosecution
  • United States patent prosecution (with our US offices)
  • International and foreign patent applications
  • European patent oppositions and appeals
  • Patent revocation and other inter partes proceedings at the UK IPO
  • UK and European trade marks and registered designs
  • Freedom-to-operate and guidance on avoiding third-party IP rights
  • IP litigation
  • IP portfolio management
  • IP audits and protection strategies
  • Due diligence for business transactions
  • Licensing and technology transfer

Rankings & Recognitions

  • U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”: Practice top-tier ranked nationally for Biotechnology Law (2010 – 2012)
  • Recognized for excellence by American College of Trial Lawyers, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers
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Representative Clients

  • Adlens Ltd.
  • Crawford Healthcare Holdings Limited
  • Retroscreen Virology
  • Roche
  • Royalty Pharma
  • SkyePharma PLC
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
  • XenoPort, Inc.