United Kingdom (England)

+44 (0)141 307 8400

Key contacts:

Head of Business Development, UK & Europe: Kevin Toner
Chief of Professional Practice: Malcolm Main
Head of Practice, Trade Marks: Mark Hickey
Head of Practice, Patents - Chemistry & Biotechnology: Dr Russell Thom
Head of Practice, Patents - High-Tech, Electronics & Software: Guido Zerbi
Head of Practice, Mechanical Engineering : James Brown

Murgitroyd is one of the largest and most progressive patent and trade mark attorney firms in Europe with 15 offices in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Finland and Switzerland, two specialised client liaison offices in the USA and an office handling patent searching in Nicaragua.

The firm, which was founded in Glasgow in 1975, counts over 70 patent and trade mark attorneys and trainee attorneys among its 290 total staff, and its expertise ranges across all industry sectors, including ICT, software, life sciences, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, engineering, energy, consumer goods, financial services and the creative industries.

The firm provides a full range of intellectual property (IP) services across all disciplines including patents, trade marks, designs and copyrights, and its large geographical range means it can represent clients directly in 15 European territories: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

The firm also provides a range of IP support services, including in-house patent searching, renewals and translation services and a streamlined European patent validations service. Its award-winning IP Portal global filing service is also a stand-out feature.

Particular practice specialisms include European patent oppositions and appeals, with this practice area being led by former EPO Opposition Division Member Graham Murnane; oil and gas IP, with a strong Aberdeen-led practice headed up by James Brown and further Norwegian oil and gas expertise being provided by Nordic practitioner Robert Ljungberg; media and entertainment IP, with Dewdney Drew and Mike Vettese carrying out work for a number of high-profile music and media clients; and design practice, with highly experienced practitioner Wendy Crosby heading the firm’s designs team.

Murgitroyd is one of the few IP practices to be ISO 9001:2015 accredited for quality and this focus on consistent quality of service throughout its worldwide offices is one of its defining characteristics. The firm also has a particular focus on providing commercially informed and practical advice.

The firm’s clients include a range of public and private sector organisations including multinationals, small and medium sized enterprises, universities and research organisations, start-ups and spin-outs.

Murgitroyd is focused on continually improving the customer experience, and is committed to investing in the latest technology and process efficiencies to achieve this – current areas of focus are efficiencies in online docketing, e-billing and reporting, cost forecasting and global IP filing administration. The firm has its own webinar series and an IP podcast series on iTunes called “Innovation Talks". 

Murgitroyd also runs the "Innovator Launchpad" competition (, supporting early-stage entrepreneurs at grassroots level by providing funding and advisory services. 

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Last updated: 28th of May 2019


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