Potter Clarkson

United Kingdom (England)

The Belgrave Centre
Nottingham Talbot Street
United Kingdom (England)

+44 (0)11 5955 2211

Key contacts:

Practice Director: Andrew Argyle
Managing Partner: Stephen Smith

Quick facts:

Established : 1889
Number of partners: 36
Number of practitioners: 80+
Languages: English, Danish, Japanese, German, Swedish, French, Spanish, Norwegian, Punjabi, Bengali, Russian, Italian, Urdu, Gujarati, Dutch

Potter Clarkson LLP is an award-winning, top-tier firm of European patent and trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers, offering clients unrivalled expertise in helping them to protect and commercialise their innovations. 

Founded in Nottingham in 1889, the firm now has offices in London, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Lund and Munich and is one of the largest specialist IP firms in Europe, employing over 80 qualified professionals and over 100 paralegals, administrators and support staff. As an international business serving a global client base, the firm’s associations with top attorney firms worldwide mean it delivers the ideal combination – a truly international service with expert local knowledge.

The firm is particularly well-regarded for its successful prosecution, opposition and appeal work through handling some of the most complex and challenging patent and trade mark issues for clients around the globe, across a wide variety of technologies and sectors. It is home to some leading doyens of the profession and has particular strength in depth through well-organised teams. Organising itself in sector groups, it can provide teams to tackle the most challenging of cases in all usual technologies requiring such expertise.

As well as being both a traditional and forward-thinking firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, the firm has evolved beyond many competitor firms to create a wider and full IP legal offering by employing IP lawyers (solicitors). The present team of 6 lawyers (solicitors) work alongside the team of litigating attorney litigators and can efficiently call on the IP experience of other attorneys, too. Only a small percentage of patent attorneys qualify as attorney litigators in the UK, and even fewer qualify as patent attorney advocates, of which the firm boasts one. As a result, the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Commercial team (DRaC) is one of the largest and most comprehensive in Europe, offering the full range of litigation services in all English courts of law, as well as all non-contentious, commercial legal services associated with IP. This 18-strong professional team provides a comprehensive and seamlessly complete range of IP services, putting the firm in the vanguard of the profession’s evolution.

Potter Clarkson’s ability to offer the full range of IP services, together with its wide-ranging technical expertise, deep technical understanding, experience, strategic thinking and business knowledge, makes it the European firm of choice for several global giants, household names, universities and a range of smaller companies and individuals, all of whom wish to benefit commercially from their investment into intellectual property.


Network Memberships:

INTA, AIPLA, AIPPI, APAA, CBBC, BIO, CIPA, CITMA, MARQUES, ECTA, Bio Industry Association (BIA), IOM3 - Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, IMechE - Institute of Mechanical Engineers, SCI, Renewable UK, Ocean Energy Europe, Medilink UK, UKSPA, WTiN - World Textile Information Network, Innovation in Textiles, euspen, One Nucleus, Regener8, Praxisunico (UK), LATi, MIP Women in IP, IP Inclusive, PAMIA



Last updated 27th July 2019


Sector Expertise:

  • Aerospace & Defence
  • Automobiles & Parts
  • Banks
  • Chemicals
  • Commercial & Professional Services
  • Construction & Materials
  • Consumer Product Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Food & Drink Producers
  • Health Care
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mining & Metals
  • Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences
  • Private Clients / Individuals
  • Retail
  • Software & Computer Services
  • Sports
  • Technology, Hardware & Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Travel & Leisure


Key IP Areas:

  • Copyright
  • Designs
  • IP transactions
  • Life sciences
  • Patent contentious
  • Patent litigation
  • Patent office proceedings
  • Patent prosecution
  • Patent strategy & counseling
  • Trade mark contentious
  • Trade mark litigation
  • Trade mark office proceedings
  • Trade mark prosecution