inventions by providing a monopoly for up to twenty years in return for
a disclosure of the invention to the public. A patent can provide
protection for a broad inventive concept or a narrow technological
advance. The protection is a valuable business asset and an important
A patent is essentially a commercial tool to help
an innovator to exploit an innovation. It helps keep the competition at bay
while a new product or process is established in the market place. It can be
the basis of a license agreement providing the owner with royalties when
someone else exploits the invention.
The key to a successful patent is the patent specification. This needs to be
right from the start. It must include as much technical information about
the invention as possible, and it must contain the right legal definitions
of the invention to ensure that proper protection is afforded.
We have a large number of European Patent attorneys
and Chartered Patent Attorneys who handle a very diverse range of technical
subject-matter. Flexible, multi-disciplined working groups are set up
depending on the subject-matter involved and the specific needs of each of
We provide comprehensive services in most technical fields as well
as specialised expertise in Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Chemistry,
Electronics and Software, Mechanical and Electro-Mechanical Engineering,
Physics Based Technologies, Computer technology, Telecommunications,
Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and other areas with solicitors who specialise in intellectual property
offer professional advice on patent validity and infringement and can
supervise both offensive and defensive litigation in the Patent Office and
Patents County Court and patent and trademark
professionals throughout the other European countries and around the world.
While it is possible to draft your own patent specification - just as it is
possible for you to represent yourself in the Courts - it is not wise to do
so unless you really know what you are doing. It may appear easy to get a
patent granted with the help of the officials at the Patent Office, but
there is a considerable risk of that patent being worth nothing when you
need to stop the competition, or negotiate a license.
If we handle your patent application for you, your patent specification will
be drafted by an experienced patent attorney or agent, who will then deal with the
necessary negotiations with the UK Intellectual Property Office to obtain the best possible outcome.
All the formal stages of the application will be handled by an experienced
and qualified patent administrator. We can take care of protecting your invention so
you can get on with exploiting it for the good of your business.
If you need protection in other countries, we can handle all the
stages for you, using where necessary our network of qualified patent
attorney contacts throughout the world.
We have extensive experience of representing clients at the United
Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, European
Patent Office, and OHIM, the European Community Trademarks and Designs
Office, not only for the filing and prosecuting of patent
and trademark applications but also in opposition and appeal proceedings for both domestic
and overseas clients. Our United Kingdom and European offices enables our patent
and trademark professionals
to maintain regular contact with examiners at the United Kingdom
Intellectual Property Office, European Patent Office, and OHIM, the European
Community Trademarks and Designs Office by
attending interviews, opposition proceedings and appeals.
For filing an application for patent in the United
Kingdom, please click here.