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In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in over 30 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role. Legal discussions might arise concerning trade names, advertisements, slavish imitation and unauthorized publications.

We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute - concerning infringement of a copyright for example - we can guide you through the litigation process.

Significant clients: UEFA, Pioneer, Syngenta, Diageo, Ogilvy.

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"Prompt, friendly and personalised service, depth of knowledge and quick grasp of the issues."

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"Outstanding knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of IP matters."

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The EPO Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal (TBA) re­viewed the law around nov­elty of use, and de­term­ined that in the case of Car­di­oPoly­mer, Inc. 's European pat­ent ap­plic­a­tion (EP07837908. 8), the claimed chem­ic­al en­tity did not qual­i­fy as a 'sub­stance or com­pos­i­tion'.
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08/04/2019
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The Dir­ect­ive on Copy­right in the Di­git­al Single Mar­ket (the “Dir­ect­ive”) has now been ap­proved by the European Par­lia­ment and once ad­op­ted by the Coun­cil of the EU it will form part of the EU Mem­ber States’ na­tion­al le­gis­la­tion by the end of the im­ple­ment­a­tion.
June 2018
De­liv­er­ing qual­ity ad­vice you can act on
An­nu­al Re­view 2017 – 2018
03/04/2019
A new age for copy­right reg­u­la­tion in the EU di­git­al mar­ket - Part...
The European Par­lia­ment voted on 26 March in fa­vour of the Dir­ect­ive on Copy­right in the Di­git­al Single Mar­ket (the “Dir­ect­ive”). If, as ex­pec­ted, it is ad­op­ted by the Coun­cil of the EU (rep­res­ent­at­ives of Mem­ber State gov­ern­ments) in mid-April, it will be­come.
June 2018
On­line Stress Test
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European Pat­ent Of­fice 2018 An­nu­al Re­port
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