At the forefront of IP law and practice for more than 35 years. Consistently involved in many of the leading IP cases and transactions. Over 70 lawyers in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A full service IP practice providing clients with an unparalleled level of expertise and service:
"The results achieved for us really are as good as it gets. I cannot recommend the firm enough." "What I like about the lawyers is that they are pragmatic and very good with the technical legal aspects. They are also very good at getting input from the client to achieve solutions." "Quick to grasp our needs as a client and can cater to us in any jurisdiction, whether it has an office there or not." Chambers Global 2012
- lawyers widely recognised as leading practitioners in their fields by leading directories with a reputation for ‘cutting-edge advice’, ‘superb client service’, ‘meticulous’, 'exceptionally clever’ and including the ‘greatest patent litigator around’
- industry expertise and focus, in particular in life sciences, TMT (including chemicals and engineering), consumer goods, financial institutions, transport and energy
- highly experienced in managing multi-jurisdictional litigation, strategy and negotiations.
"The results achieved for us really are as good as it gets. I cannot recommend the firm enough." Chambers Global 2012 We advise on all aspects of intellectual property rights including:
We advise on a wide range of patent disputes and non–contentious patent issues. Particular areas of expertise include: multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, originator-generic disputes in the pharmaceutical industry, technical standards and essential IPRs, customs detention strategies, licensing, regulatory, due diligence, audits and valuations. We also advise on corporate transactions and funding/investments where patents constitute significant assets.
Brands & trade marks
Our competitively priced ‘one stop shop’ for international trade marks is seamlessly interwoven with our litigation and advisory services, providing a strong advantage over our competitors. Advising a diverse and high profile list of clients, we undertake the full range of clearance, registration, conflict resolution, enforcement and portfolio management services.
Copyright, database rights & confidential information
We advise on all aspects of ownership, protection, exploitation and enforcement in a wide range of industries. We have particular expertise in relation to confidential information and departing/former employees.
We advise on all aspects of clearance, filing, acquisition strategies and domain name protection and enforcement. David Stone in London is a domain name disputes arbitrator of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
Licensing & commercial agreements
Our size, international scope and specialist experience mean that clients trust us to handle their most important and complex transactions. This includes all aspects of technology transfer, international licensing and collaboration arrangements in relation to a diverse range of industries. We conduct detailed due diligence and have considerable experience of drafting and negotiating contracts from confidentiality agreements to global cross-licensing and co-development agreements.
Corporate transactions & financings
As part of a major international law firm, we advise on the acquisition, restructuring and disposal of intellectual property in the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and financings. We advise in connection with fundraising and flotations, especially in relation to the life sciences, TMT and energy sectors. We also regularly advice venture capitalists on prospective investments and provide analysis and advice on the valuation of patent portfolios.
We offer a one stop international designs service to our clients. We undertake a full range of clearance and strategic advice, registration and portfolio management services. We also advise on the full range of enforcement measures.
We assist clients in protecting their confidential information and trade secrets as well as defending clients in breach of confidence disputes.
Merchandising & sponsorship
We advise on sponsorship deals, advertising and promotional campaigns and merchandising programmes. We have particular expertise in relation to issues concerning the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics.
We advise on regulatory issues affecting the life sciences sector, including clinical trials, marketing authorisations, Supplementary Protection Certificates, manufacture and distribution, advertising, pharmacovigilance, pricing and reimbursement.
Plant Variety Rights
We assist clients that are active within the horticultural, fruit and seed business with the exploitation, protection and enforcement of both their national and European community plant variety rights and plant (breeding) related innovations. We advise on the exploitation of these intellectual property rights, including drafting and negotiating licence agreements, R&D agreements, propagation and testing agreements etc. We represent clients in opposition or revocation proceedings before the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in Angers, France and its Board of Appeal, and have extensive experience of handling enforcement proceedings, varying from disputes about the (non-) performance of licence agreements, to complex court cases on the concept of essentially derived varieties (EDVs).
Specific areas of expertise include:
- assisting clients with pre-trial (evidence) seizures
- conducting plant variety (and patent) infringement litigation
- refusals, oppositions and other matters before the Community Plant Variety Office
- customs detention strategies
- drafting and negotiating licence agreements, R&D agreements, propagation and testing agreements etc.