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.
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 30 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. The firm’s is also committed to client service excellence with Investors in Customers (IIC) Gold star status awarded in 2017.
Pinsent Masons' international IP team comprises over 80 IP specialists globally, delivering award-winning, multi-disciplinary expertise through a range of technical backgrounds (some to PhD) and experience drawn from industry.
At the heart of our practice are long term relationships with many world leading businesses across a range of industry sectors, including: life sciences, technology, energy, financial services, sport, retail and leisure. With a shared passion for innovation, and belief that diversity of thought results in better solutions for business, together we harness IP law to drive positive change, access new markets and disrupt the status quo.
Our IP advisory team advises on rights and commercialisation strategies, cutting edge collaborations and IP rich cross-border transactions that redefine the commercial landscape. More than just applying lawyers to solve legal problems, we deploy a range of professional disciplines, enabled by process and technology and informed by data. Not only does this empower us to develop solutions and ensure successful outcomes for our clients, it enables us to do so more efficiently and cost effectively.
Our peerless IP disputes team deploys litigation as a strategic tool to help businesses achieve their business goals, rather than simply navigating risk. Working as a seamless extension of in-house legal and management teams, we're focussed on positive outcomes, whether that is achieving market access for a new product or service, or retaining competitive advantage against those ready to challenge them.
We have a reputation for taking on the most difficult cases and winning them, often making new law in the process. We regularly act in the highest profile IP litigations before the EPO and EUIPO as well as the national courts and registries. Our success rate is second to none.
Recent IP awards include:
Winner UK (England & Wales) Contentious Patent Law Firm of the Year (Managing IP Awards 2020)
Winner Impact Case of the Year - Actavis v ICOS (tadalafil) (Managing IP Awards 2020)
Shortlisted European Contentious Patents Firm of the Year (Managing IP Awards 2020)
Shortlisted UK Practitioner of the Year - Charlotte Weekes (Managing IP Awards 2020)
Shortlisted UK (Scotland) IP Transactions (Managing IP Awards 2020)
Shortlisted UK (Scotland) Contentious Patents (Managing IP Awards 2020)
Shortlisted TMT Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards 2020)
Winner Legal Strategy of the Year (Global Generics & Biosimilars Awards 2019)
Winner Impact Case of the Year Award (Managing IP Awards 2019)
Winner TMT and Life Sciences Team of the Year (British Legal Awards 2019)
Shortlisted TMT Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards 2019)
Winner Patent Litigation Firm of the Year (Corporate International Magazine's Award 2019)
Winner International Global Business Award 2019
Winner IP or IT team of the Year (Lawyer Awards 2018)
Winner Client Choice Award for Patent Litigation (Clare Tunstall) 2018
Winner TMT Team of the Year (British Legal Awards 2017)
Carpmaels & Ransford LLP is renowned as a leader in the European IP market, with a rich 200-year heritage in the patent profession blended with a modern reputation for innovation in the IP industry as a whole. The firm is an expert in all aspects of intellectual property – including drafting, filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, drafting and negotiating licence agreements and other commercial IP agreements, advising on the transfer of property rights, assisting clients with patent restoration matters and conducting enforcement and revocation litigation before the UK courts and IP offices, the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Carpmaels & Ransford covers a broad range of technical disciplines, with specialist teams in engineering and technology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, supplementary protection certificates and information communications technology and standards. It serves blue-chip clients across the globe, including Johnson & Johnson, Celgene, Novartis, Invista, Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Mars, Micron, Gilead, Gates, DuPont Teijin, Raytheon, Regeneron and Allergan.
In recent years, Carpmaels & Ransford has successfully developed its IP Dispute Resolution and IP Transactions practices. The IP Dispute Resolution team now comprises four solicitor partners, five patent attorney partners who have significant litigation experience, and a team of solicitors, barristers and patent attorney litigators. In addition to representing clients at all levels of the European Patent Office (EPO), the team is adept at conducting enforcement litigation and revocation actions before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and patent, copyright, trade mark and other IP litigation in the English courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union, often advising in cases where parallel or related litigation is ongoing in courts across Europe or in the United States.
Working across all of the firm’s technology areas and practice groups, the IP Transactions team forms a key part of the firm’s integrated IP offering. As well as advising on the acquisition and licensing of IP rights, and other IP focussed agreements (e.g. development and collaboration agreements), the team manages multi-jurisdictional patent/trade mark assignment recordal projects, provides specialist advice on the transfer of priority rights and assists clients with the restoration of registered IP rights around the world.
Strategic IP management advice is a strength of the firm. The growth of its practice in IP Dispute Resolution and IP Transactions has deepened its full capability in the management of clients’ intellectual property from inception to commercialisation, enforcement litigation and defence in Europe, and both mirrors and complements the firm’s position as Europe’s leading IP prosecution and opposition practice.