Patents and Inventions

We provide a full range of services in regards to patents and offer a one stop shop for the protection, management, enforcement and commercialisation of your patent.

What is a Patent? – New invention or new way of doing things can be protected by patents for up to 20 years (subject to annual renewal), throughout the UK.

Patenting is a powerful monopoly to have. If you have devised new technology, we strongly advise that you consider whether or not it is patentable early on as patent protection will stop your invention from being copied by your competitors.

Patent protection gives the inventor a monopoly right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling an invention without permission.

Strict rules apply that determine what can and can’t be patented. For instance, you must not have publicly revealed your invention before you apply for your patent. Certain surgical techniques and software are usually excluded from being patented.

See below for examples of how we can help you. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or for any aspect of intellectual property,  please contact us.

Protection of Your Patents

We can give you specialist advice on protecting your portfolio, including:

  • Create the right strategy for you – advising on your project while it is still in development and working with you to ensure that the finished product is legally protected and commercially successful.
  • Undertaking prior art searches to ensure that you do not waste resources developing a product that either already exists or would not be novel enough to qualify for protection.
  • We can advise you on filing for Patent protection and the strategies involved when doing so.
  • We can advise you on how to maintain a veil of secrecy around your invention to ensure that its patentability is not compromised.

Management of Your Patents

We will manage your patent portfolio and will act swiftly to oppose and apply to invalidate any third party applications that could potentially infringe your Patent.

Enforcement and Defence

We can enforce your Patent against any third party who you believe may be using it without your permission. As mentioned above Patenting is a very powerful monopoly however it is a monopoly that will not police itself. We can advise you on the application of a due diligence strategy to ensure that your it is free from infringement.

Should you find evidence of potential infringement rest assured that our highly experienced Patent litigation team will be on hand to take action. We can then take what ever steps are necessary to ensure that the infringement ceases. This can include drafting cease and desist letters right through to Issuing and prosecuting court proceedings.

Should you be accused of Patent infringement we can advise you on the strength of your position. We will act on your behalf in defending any court action taken against you.

We regularly advise and participate on our client’s behalf in settlement negotiations, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Patent Commercialisation

We can advise you on the commercialisation of your Patent portfolio. We regularly advise on the best way to license and utilise the Patent to maximise its commercial value. It may be the case that there is more value in simply licensing the Patent to a third party than actually utilising it yourself.

We will give you solid, reliable and commercially focused advice to ensure that the exploitation of your Patent yields the highest possible returns for you whilst ensuring that your Patent remains fully protected.

Key Contact – Elizabeth Ward