1 City Walk
Leeds LS11 9DX
United Kingdom (England)


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Marketing Director: Jacqui Weston

Quick facts:

Firm - Year of Establishment: 1995
Number of Partners: 55
Total Number of IP Practitioners: 195
Languages Spoken at the Firm: Cantonese, French, Haitian Creole, Tagalog, Spanish, German, Dutch, Urdu, Polish, Lithuanian, Bengali, Shona, Japanese, Swedish, Bulgarian, Hebrew, Korean, Afrikaans, Hindu, Portuguese, Persian, Italian, Punjabi, Azeri, Pashto, Russian

HGF is one of Europe’s leading firms of IP specialists. The firm is one of only a few to offer a fully integrated IP solution, bringing together over 190 patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, design attorneys, IP solicitors and attorneys-at-law. The firm has 23 offices throughout Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

HGF has an ambitious growth strategy and we continue to expand and strengthen our offering across all technology areas to provide the highest quality intellectual property solution across Europe. The firm is already one of the leading firms throughout Europe in terms of its national reach, volume of Patent Cooperation Treaty and EU trade mark filings and position in major legal directories. Its growth has been secured organically and through a combination of acquisition and strategic lateral hires from both private practice and in-house counsel, and has been reflected in accolades including a continued listing in the Financial Times Europe’s Leading Law Firm.

HGF has a proven track record in forging successful long-term relationships with clients across a spectrum of business sectors and technologies. The firm’s highly experienced attorneys, commitment to client service and geographical profile across Europe ensure that it is uniquely placed to attend to high-value and complex IP issues.

Specialist teams

HGF offers everything you would expect of a world-class IP firm, including patent drafting, filing and prosecution, trade marks, design rights, copyright, oppositions and appeals, IP litigation, IP strategy, IP due diligence, freedom to operate, supplementary protection certificates and IP contracts, and licensing.

The firm has dedicated teams of experts working across key industry sectors with relevant experience who fully understand their clients’ businesses and appreciate the significance of their brands, innovations and other IP assets.

We have European patent and patent litigation teams to ensure that we can continue to provide strategic advice on prosecution, litigation and licensing throughout the lifetime of the UP and UPC.

Leading European trade mark team

HGF’s large, multidisciplinary team across Europe provides industry-leading advice in securing trade marks for brands across all industries, be it retail, media or food & drink, ensuring goods and services are registered in the optimum categories and jurisdictions to secure the strongest possible protection.

Our attorneys represent clients at the EU, UK, German and Benelux Trade Mark Registries and are also highly experienced in dealing with oppositions, appeals and IP litigation.

In addition, our trade mark attorneys work closely with our IP lawyers in relation to agreements such as for IP licensing, franchising, merchandising, coexistence, selective distribution, and litigation.

Key IP Areas

Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Life sciences IP, Patent, Patent contentious, Patent prosecution, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution, Trade mark

Key Sector Expertise

Aerospace, Advertising, Aerospace, Agriculture, Artificial intelligence, Automotive, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, Defence, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Financial services, FMCG, Food & beverage, ICT & software, Life sciences, Medical device, Oil & gas, Nanotechnology, Music, Pharmaceutical, Optics & photonics, Telecommunication, Sports, Semiconductors, Robotics, Retail, Renewable energy, Transport, Universities & research