Mathys & Squire

United Kingdom (England)

The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street
United Kingdom (England)

+44 (0)207 830 0000

Mathys & Squire is one of Europe's most highly regarded intellectual property firms. Founded in 1910, we have over 100 years of experience in the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property rights, leading the field with insight, innovation and quality.

The firm has more than 60 qualified attorneys and has offices in: London, Manchester, Cambridge, York, Brighton, Paris, Munich and Luxembourg as well as a dedicated team based in China

Mathys & Squire are a full-service intellectual property firm with specialists in a range of technical fields. Our attorneys and trainees have a mix of scientific degrees extending from chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, plant sciences, electronics, telecommunications and engineering.

Most of our attorneys hold further degrees and many have PhDs. Many of our team have worked in-house within IP departments of large international organisations and by utilising this experience enhances our ability to assist in the strategic and active management of IP portfolios.

Mathys & Squire works with its clients to maximise the value of their intellectual property assets. The firm’s breadth of technical expertise and depth of professional experience are coupled with a determination to add commercial value.

The firm has a broad spread of clients, ranging from start-ups to major UK and multinational corporations, many of whom are household names. The firm’s commitment to professional excellence and its technical expertise are valued by all clients. Through its creative approach, the firm has a successful record of securing the grant of key patents and settling disputes. Client companies without their own in-house patent departments value the firm’s understanding of their business issues and the importance and value of their IP. Mathys & Squire LLP enjoys excellent relationships with like-minded firms of associates from all over the world.

The firm’s 23 partners, three of counsels and 34 associates are assisted by a further 15 professionals at various stages of qualification and a team of 13 paralegals. This spread of expertise enables the firm to deploy a team with the right skills and seniority at the right cost to meet any challenge.

The firm’s core areas of expertise are:

  • Identifying intellectual property capable of protection by understanding the client’s technology and business objectives;
  • Obtaining valuable patent, trade mark and design registrations through skilful drafting and powerful advocacy before the world’s patent and trade mark offices;
  • Representing clients in disputes and contentious proceedings (especially those of the European Patent Office), drawing wherever necessary upon the expertise of fellow professionals;
  • Facilitating the commercial exploitation of a client’s intellectual property by way of sale, licence or joint venture; and
  • Advising clients in relation to their intellectual property strategy and management of their IP portfolios.

Mathys & Squire offers a full range of services across patents, trade marks, designs and related intellectual property rights, both contentious and non-contentious. The firm is split into groups by technology, covering IT, electronics and engineering; life sciences and chemistry. Fee-earners have specific industry experience or advanced degrees in most relevant disciplines. The firm’s trade marks practice blends highly experienced prosecution services with portfolio management and enforcement skills.

Assignments for clients vary widely and include: strategic management of global patent and trade mark portfolios for major corporations; advising start-ups in relation to the creation and ownership of IP rights and their commercial exploitation; patent and trade mark prosecution, including oppositions and appeals, for major corporations; providing specialist European (EPO and OHIM) expertise to fellow professionals; working alongside solicitors and counsel in the UK, bringing to bear the firm’s complementary skills and experience; advising at CEO level on the role of IP rights in revenue generation and asset creation; finding paths through third-party patent, trade mark or other IP rights, including challenges to validity where appropriate; resolving disputes through various forms of ADR to litigation, whether as the lead firm or as part of a team; and bringing specialist IP skills to corporate finance, including due diligence.

We share our clients' ambition, passion and entrepreneurial spirit and empower our teams to go above and beyond what clients expect when it comes to service delivery.

Network Memberships: CITMA, CIPA

Last updated 26th of March 2018

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