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Patents

Your inventions may be the most valuable assets in your business, so it makes financial sense to ensure that they are properly protected.

Our patent team can help you develop a comprehensive patent portfolio, and advise you on other key protections such as trade secrecy, software copyright, utility models and design laws.

We can also help you protect your ongoing creation and enforcement processes with a wide range of collaborative research and licence agreements, ranging from applied research contracts for industrial ventures to blue sky projects under European Framework Programmes.

And, in case your IP rights are ever under threat, we will help you develop the right enforcement strategy, guiding you patent laws and procedures both at home and abroad while always ensuring you keep a tight grip on costs.

Our particular areas of experience include:

  • patent litigation in many technical fields before specialist national patent courts
  • arbitration and mediation
  • enforcement and dispute management strategy
  • multi-jurisdictional disputes
  • technical standardisation, interoperability testing, essential patents, patent pooling and FRAND licensing obligations
  • border seizures and criminal proceedings
  • injunctions and other forms of emergency relief
  • patent entitlement disputes
  • employee inventor compensation claims
  • anti-trust advice

Patents legal experience

We have acted in patent litigation for a number of major businesses including Du Pont, Tyco, Nokia, Merck and Sepura.

Contact us

Simon Crossley, Partner