Rouse is an IP services business focused on emerging markets. We operate as a closely integrated network to provide the full range of intellectual property services, from patent and trade mark protection and management to commercialisation, global enforcement and anti-counterfeiting. Rouse Consultancy specialises in providing strategic and multidisciplinary consulting services to technology companies and brand owners globally.
The Rouse Difference We specialise in the most challenging business environments in the world.
Rouse goes where others have traditionally feared to tread. And we’ve been doing so for longer than just about any other law firm. We’ve long-standing experience and relationships in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, for example, because this is where our clients need us to be. In each case, our employees and offices work as a single, integrated team.
We’re part of the specialist teams that are helping create and advise on new laws. The Rouse Network doesn’t just advise on the law, it helps define it. Thanks to our reputation and the regard in which we’re held, we’re regularly asked to work with IP organisations to shape and draft new laws. Recent examples include customs regulation and trade mark laws for emerging markets such as Myanmar.
We’re more than just a service provider. Rouse doesn’t fit into the traditional business model – we’re proud to say we’re different. As an IP specialised services business focused on emerging markets, we wanted to model our business on the roles and responsibilities of in-house teams with a broad view of the IP needs of our clients.
We’re nice people to do business with. Everyone we meet comments on the Rouse Difference. We’re non-hierarchical, creative and results-oriented. We focus on getting to know our clients really well, working collaboratively in a true partnership to achieve their objectives.
We also build strong and long relationships with both our staff and clients – on average, our employees have worked with us for more than 12 years, while our key clients have been around for even longer. Our fees are also reasonable and totally transparent.
We care passionately about the communities in which we operate. Supporting the communities in which we work and, importantly, in which our employees live, is something we take seriously. We drive initiatives such as the BioEconomy Academy, which helps protect the natural resources of developing countries. Our IP Ambassadors are focused on bringing into the IP profession young people who might not otherwise have the chance. And Rouse Cares, which aims to improve the lives of others through sustainable initiatives, is a central part of our commitment. We don’t just talk about social responsibility or do it to add weight to our pitches. We do it because we care.
Our experienced and award winning brands team helps to protect, enforce and commercialise some of the world’s leading brands. Our clients include owners of extensive worldwide portfolios in the U.K., Europe and other jurisdictions as well as smaller businesses whose reputation depends on a single brand.
Whatever your brand means to your business, we can help.
We have the experience and know-how to meet the needs of your business. We listen. We provide highly commercial, cost effective legal advice and solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of your business and brand.
Browne Jacobson LLP is a national law firm ranked 1st in 25 specialist areas of law in Legal 500 and is number one for a multitude of UK and regional rankings across various key sector specialisms in Chambers UK. Our success is built on long-lasting relationships with clients that trust us. We have an excellent track record of delivering the straightforward commercial advice and exceptional client service that clients want.
Our 21 member strong intellectual property team led by Declan Cushley is recognised by Chambers as “a go-to firm for heavyweight IP matters by its clients” and is ranked by World Trademark Review, Managing Intellectual Property and IAM Patent 1000, as well as Chambers and Legal 500.Our team has extensive experience assisting a premium client portfolio of global household names and luxury brands. We are entrusted with protecting some of the world’s leading brands.
We have been instructed to handle a number of the UK’s leading cases and have helped shape IP law in the UK and Europe. We are used to working on high-stakes disputes, and we have an excellent track record. That can mean taking cases to trial or settling them on favourable terms. We understand litigation risk. We know how to manage costs, while fighting your corner.
Our brand experts are regularly involved in big ticket litigation, including recently defending the ability of Wolverhampton Wanderers, a Premier League football club, to continue using its longstanding club badge, and a leading Court of Appeal case for London Taxi. We are also trusted to negotiate high value R & D agreements and complex licensing arrangements. Our formidable patent team, led by Mark Daniels, is involved in a range of complex disputes about new technology.
We are co-founders of an international network of independent law firms, Pangea Net, a nonexclusive network operating in 25 countries – and our reach extends well beyond that; we have overseen the delivery of advice for our clients from approximately 60 jurisdictions in the past 12 months.
Recognised for its quality, Browne Jacobson is committed to the highest legal practice management standards with both the Law Society Lexcel and ISO27001:2013 accreditations to its name.
Powell Gilbert LLP is a specialist, London-based IP law firm dedicated to serving clients across the full spectrum of knowledge-driven industries, from cutting-edge tech and life sciences companies to creative and brand-driven businesses. The firm is one of the largest, most innovative and most highly regarded IP teams in the UK, with unrivalled patent litigation experience and a blue-chip brands practice.
The firm advises clients across all technologies and all IP rights, including advising on IP licence disputes and providing freedom-to-operate assessments.
Powell Gilbert’s IP litigation team includes 11 partners, 18 associates and a highly experienced litigation support team.
The firm includes some of Europe’s leading patent litigators and the technical expertise at Powell Gilbert is second to none. Almost all lawyers have technical backgrounds, including many with PhDs or master’s degrees in relevant scientific disciplines.
The team appears regularly in cases before the UK patents courts at all levels, including representing clients on appeal before the UK Supreme Court, where it has appeared in a number of precedent-setting cases in recent years.
With a wealth of experience gained from acting in multi-national disputes, Powell Gilbert is frequently involved in devising European patent litigation strategies, acting as co-ordinating counsel and working with local teams to ensure consistency.
The firm advises across the full spectrum of IP rights, including brands, design rights, copyright, passing off, confidential information and plant variety rights. Its experience in patent litigation ranges across all technical fields, from acting in the earliest biotechnology patent cases to involvement in the smartphone wars and leading cases on FRAND licensing disputes. It has appeared in many of the most technically complex and legally challenging cases in the UK patent courts and has also represented clients in referrals to the European Court of Justice and the European Free Trade Area Court in relation the requirements for the grant of SPCs. The firm also represents clients in smaller claims before the UK IP Enterprise Court.
Although focused on litigation, the firm is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, particularly in relation to patent and technology licences.
A distinguishing feature of Powell Gilbert is the expertise and experience of its lawyers in coordinating complex cases and successfully guiding clients through multinational patent litigation, devising and coordinating pan-European strategies.
The firm has played a central role in cases before many overseas courts, including in continental Europe, Scandinavia, the United States (district court and International Trade Commission proceedings), Australia, China, Korea and Japan.
The firm also frequently represents clients in European Patent Office opposition proceedings and in other registry proceedings, including representing clients before the UK IPO.
With an eye to co-ordination strategies, Powell Gilbert’s lawyers are familiar with the opportunities, and the potential threats for the unwary, that litigation in the Unified Patents Court (UPC) may offer, should it come into effect. Members of the firm were actively involved in commenting on the rules of procedure of the UPC and have contributed to training materials for UPC judges, including participation in mock trials.
Warner Lambert v Actavis (pregabalin)
Regeneron v Kymab (antibodies/transgenic mice)
Unwired Planet v Huawei (smartphones / FRAND)
Eli Lilly v Human Genome Sciences (neutrokine alpha / SPC)
lllumina v MGI (gene sequencing technology)
Edwards Lifesciences v Meril / Abbott v Edwards (transcatheter heart valves)
Philip Morris v Nicoventures (heat-not-burn tobacco)
Garmin v Philips; PulseOn Oy v Garmin (wearable tech)
IPCom v Xiaomi (telecoms / FRAND )
Biogen v AbbVie (adalimumab)
GSK v Fibrogen (anti-anaemia drugs)
Merck v GSK (pneumococcal vaccines)
Chugai v UCB (patent licence dispute - antibody technology)
Illumina v Ariosa (non-invasive pre-natal testing)
Vestel v HEVC Advance (HEVC codec / FRAND)
Boston v Edwards (heart valves)
Coloplast v Salts (ostomy devices)
Rovi v Virgin Media (cable television)
Apple v Nokia; HTC v Apple (smartphones)
LG v Sony (Blu-ray disc technology)
Nuance v Vlingo (voice recognition)
Mölnlycke v BSN medical (wound dressings)
Philips v Alba (MPEG-2 digital compression)
Nichia v SSCL (LEDs)
Monsanto v Cargill (genetically modified soy beans)
Boult Wade Tennant LLP is a forward-thinking, dynamic and innovative firm that is considered by its peers and clients as being at the forefront of its practice areas. The firm looks after the multi-jurisdictional IP issues of major industrial and commercial companies worldwide, as well as portfolio management for a wide range of small and medium-sized enterprises, academic institutions, and independent research and development organisations.
The firm has four patent groups which are divided by technologies, namely biotechnology and life sciences; chemical and materials; engineering and designs; and hi-tech and electrical. The fifth group is the trade mark and domain names group. The firm also has a range of professional in-house support functions, including a sizeable renewals department and a search department.
At Boult Wade Tennant we aim to work with our clients, not just for them. We believe in exceptional IP advice and exceptional client service. We want our clients to benefit not only from our excellent legal and technical quality, but also from the quality of the service we deliver.