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Intellectual Property lawyers

In today’s knowledge economy, where often the most substantial value of a business is based on its intangible assets and goodwill, intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. The right brands will win the hearts and minds of consumers and customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your inventions, or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, confidentiality and rights in designs also have a vital role to play.

A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure that maximum value is obtained from your IP portfolio. Our team understands your business needs and objectives and has worked with some of the world’s best known brands. Our clients include organisations from banks to technology companies, pharmaceuticals to FMCG, and we help them realise their commercial goals.

We advise on all aspects of commercial IP assets, including finding the best strategy for the creation, identification, registration and capture of assets, their realisation through commercial agreements and licensing, and their protection and enforcement through litigation and other dispute resolution.

I am very pleased with their work because they are able to provide timely, business-oriented advice, and have a good understanding of our business and the market in which we operate.
Chambers UK, 2016

Your IP strategy should support your commercial activities. We work with clients to complete strategic reviews of IP commercialisation. 

We also advise on IP enforcement at all levels of UK courts (civil and criminal), OHIM, the CJEU and beyond in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Costs can quickly escalate in litigation, so project management is key to our service, driving forward cases, narrowing issues, and managing other service providers.

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Tom Scourfield
Tom Scourfield
Part­ner
Co-Head of the international IP Group and UK Chair of the Consumer Products Sector Group
Poland, Warsaw
United Kingdom, London
Tom Scourfield is Co-Head of the international IP Group at CMS and UK Chair of the Consumer Products Sector Group. He is a Solicitor Advocate (England and Wales), with an Irish solicitors...
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Chris Watson
Part­ner
Head of the CMS TMC Group
United Kingdom, London
Chris Watson is Head of the CMS Technology, Media and Communications Group. In this position, he leads an international team of over 100 lawyersHe focuses on international commercial matters in the...
Dominic Dryden
Dominic Dryden
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Dominic is an award-winning Technology and Sourcing lawyer. He has deep expertise in the structuring and negotiating of complex commercial transactions, in particular, IT and business process...
Hannah Curtis
Hannah Curtis
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Hannah Curtis is a partner in the Technology & Media Team and a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Sector Group. Hannah works across a number of sectors but has a particular focus on life sciences & h...
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Carina Healy
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Carina Healy is partner in our Technology team with over 20 years experience advising on commercial and IP related transactions. She specialises in lifesciences and acts for a range of biotech,...
Charles Kerrigan
Charles Kerrigan
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Charles Kerrigan is a partner in the Banking & International Finance Team at CMS London.  Charles acts on credit finance matters in the TMT sectors. He acts for funds, technology companies, g...
Tobias Reker
Tobias Reker
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Tobias Reker advises and represents clients from a range of industries in patent matters. He is a European and German Patent Attorney in CMS' Intellectual Property Group. Besides patent prosecution,...
Laurence Kalman
Laurence Kalman
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Laurence is a partner in the Commercial / Technology team. Laurence works on a wide range of commercial and technology-related transactions, including outsourcing deals, licensing / franchising...
Rachel Free
Dr. Rachel Free
Part­ner
Patent Attorney
United Kingdom, London
Dr Rachel Free is a partner and UK / European patent attorney in the London Office Intellectual Property department. Rachel uses her technical background in the fields of Artificial Intelligence,...
Helen Wallis
Helen Wallis
Part­ner
Patent Attorney
United Kingdom, London
Helen is a UK and European Patent Attorney specialising in Computer-related inventions (both software and hardware) and Telecommunications. She has extensive experience of patent drafting and...