United Kingdom (England)
Venner Shipley is a prominent full-service international intellectual property firm, uniquely with a leading team of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers, providing a complete IP service to its client base. The firm, based in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Manchester and Munich, works with clients from a variety of industry sectors ranging from major domestic and international corporations, to SMEs, universities and individual inventors playing a key role in nurturing innovation.
During 2020 the firm has been at the forefront of the scientific challenge against the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. We are assisting our clients in their efforts through patenting various coronavirus vaccine strategies, including Imperial College’s self-amplifying RNA vaccine, invented by Prof Robin Shattock, and anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibodies, as well as other Covid-19 testing-related technology.
The firm’s current portfolio has also seen it provide pioneering advice on artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, genome editing techniques (including CRISPR), battery technology for electric and driverless cars, machine learning, computer-simulated inventions, the Internet of Things, cyber-security, gene therapy inventions, precision medicines, 5G telecommunications, as well as augmented and virtual reality.
This means that the firm’s multi-disciplinary team is dealing with a hugely diverse and constantly evolving range of intellectual property issues with specialist teams in chemistry, biotechnology, materials and software, as well as all flavours of engineering, from heavy mechanical to electronics.
The firm’s patent attorneys regularly advise on the specialist subjects that they have expertise in, and can advise on, for example, obtaining patent protection, potential patent infringement (whether the firm’s clients are asserting their rights or defending), challenging third parties’ patent rights on behalf of clients, and defending clients’ rights against such challenges. The firm has extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, and can also represent clients before the German Patent Office through the firm’s Munich office. Venner Shipley has been at the heart of one of the very few cases which has been referred to the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal concerning the evolving and controversial issue of the protection of computer implemented-inventions (G1/19). The firm attended the oral proceedings for G1/19 at the EPO in July 2020 to present arguments in favour of the patentability of simulations, and the oral proceedings were live-streamed by the EPO (the first time the EPO has done to this) to around 2000 viewers. Given the ubiquity and importance of computer simulation in research and development, the outcome of the G1/19 referral will have an impact on the assessment of patentability of not only simulations and computer-aided design software, but also potentially other forms of computer-implemented inventions, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
We offer our clients an innovative, bespoke service from our team of expert UK and European trade mark attorneys, who are equipped with the relevant skills and experience to think commercially and always offer advice to ensure that clients reach their strategic goals, whilst maintaining brand protection.
In October 2020 we merged with (formerly) Brookes IP who have a wealth of experience in the trade mark field and pride themselves on delivering practical, commercially astute solutions for their clients. The addition of Brookes IP to the Venner Shipley team increases our strength and offering across the board, offering a personal service to the highest professional and technical standards, tailoring our services to client’s individual needs, whether acting for multi-national corporations, SME’s or smaller businesses.
Our clients can draw upon Venner Shipley’s full-service offering of IP solicitors and barristers, to handle all their legal and dispute needs. The legal team is on hand to work alongside the attorneys to advise on intellectual property rights, confidentiality agreements, licences, assignments, copyright and all associated contracts. Core to the legal team is our dispute resolution service, with experience in all UK courts and tribunals. Our lawyers have appeared in key cases from the Enterprise Court right through to the UK Supreme Court. Uniquely our team also has direct experience in overseas courts, especially Canada. The firm boasts a leading data protection practice and we advised the UK Government on the Data Protection Act 2018. We routinely advise on global data transfers, ICO audits and investigations, data loss, direct marketing, processing agreements and outsourcing. The team has advised globally on data protection matters for many years, assisting several companies with their global compliance training, and have advised on transfers in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Venner Shipley’s legal team also prides itself on its expertise in government relations, advising clients on regulatory changes and responses to consultations.
Last updated 4th March 2021