HGF is one of Europe’s leading firms of IP specialists. The firm is one of only a few to offer a fully integrated IP solution, bringing together over 190 patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, design attorneys, IP solicitors and attorneys-at-law. The firm has 22 offices throughout Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
HGF has an ambitious growth strategy and we continue to expand and strengthen our offering across all technology areas to provide the highest quality intellectual property solution across Europe. The firm is already one of the leading firms throughout Europe in terms of its national reach, volume of Patent Cooperation Treaty and EU trade mark filings and position in major legal directories. Its growth has been secured organically and through a combination of acquisition and strategic lateral hires from both private practice and in-house counsel, and has been reflected in accolades including a continued listing in the Financial Times Europe’s Leading Law Firm.
HGF has a proven track record in forging successful long-term relationships with clients across a spectrum of business sectors and technologies. The firm’s highly experienced attorneys, commitment to client service and geographical profile across Europe ensure that it is uniquely placed to attend to high-value and complex IP issues.
HGF offers everything you would expect of a world-class IP firm, including patent drafting, filing and prosecution, trade marks, design rights, copyright, oppositions and appeals, IP litigation, IP strategy, IP due diligence, freedom to operate, supplementary protection certificates and IP contracts, and licensing. The firm has dedicated teams of experts working across key industry sectors with relevant experience who fully understand their clients’ businesses and appreciate the significance of their brands, innovations and other IP assets.
Following Brexit and the recent changes on the UPC, HGF understands the importance of growth in Europe. We have European patent and patent litigation teams to ensure that we can continue to provide strategic advice on prosecution, litigation and licensing throughout the lifetime of the UP and UPC.
Leading European trade mark team
HGF’s large, multidisciplinary team across Europe provides industry-leading advice in securing trade marks for brands across all industries, be it retail, media or food & drink, ensuring goods and services are registered in the optimum categories and jurisdictions to secure the strongest possible protection.
Our attorneys represent clients at the EU, UK, German and Benelux Trade Mark Registries and are also highly experienced in dealing with oppositions, appeals and IP litigation.
In addition, our trade mark attorneys work closely with our IP lawyers in relation to agreements such as for IP licensing, franchising, merchandising, coexistence, selective distribution, and litigation.
At Greaves Brewster we’re proud to have a distinct approach, mindset and location. It means we’re able to do things a little differently. It also might be why our clients say that we’re the most open, transparent and easy to deal with IP practice out there. We believe every interaction with your attorneys should be simple and straightforward.
We are committed to providing excellent, client-driven service and to enjoy doing so. Our aim is to add value to our clients’ businesses, whilst charging a fair price for our work. We believe in working efficiently, utilising technology and simplifying processes wherever possible. We are flexible, we adapt to our clients’ needs, rather than expecting them to fit in with our way of working.
We are experts in all aspects of IP prosecution, including drafting, filing and prosecuting patent, trade mark and design applications, as well as strategic management of our clients' IP portfolios. We are sought out for our experience of oppositions and appeals and are well known for providing clear cut, commercially relevant advice, particularly in relation to freedom to operate and due diligence.
We believe that it is possible to be successful whilst still acting in an ethically sound and satisfying manner. Whilst we continually act to maximise our clients’ business gains, when it comes to measuring our success, we do not believe financial gain to be the most important factor. We are committed to supporting the practice diversity of our staff, encouraging them to work on matters that are valuable and intellectually stimulating, as well as financially rewarding. We actively choose to work with clients and companies who share our purpose.
Maucher Jenkins comprises UK, German and European patent and trade mark attorneys, attorneys at law and IP litigators, with offices in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and China. Its attorneys represent global clients in a range of industries who wish to identify, establish, protect, exploit and enforce their IP rights in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Our reputation extends internationally, as does our expertise, covering a wide range of industry sectors.
The patent team’s expertise includes preliminary investigations and due diligence on securing a patent; drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the UKIPO and European Patent Office; conducting searches to avoid infringement; defending patent infringement claims and pursuing infringement litigation when opposing, reviewing, evaluating and managing patent portfolios; monitoring competitors’ portfolios; and advising on how to obtain patent protection worldwide.
The trade mark team advises on the registrability of new brand names and logos, conducts searches to locate any potentially conflicting third-party rights, files and prosecutes trade mark applications and acts on behalf of clients in relation to any disputes.
Our attorneys can also look at design protection for new and innovative product shapes with an eye to identifying copyright and registrable or unregistered design matter that can strengthen an overall portfolio of rights. Our IP litigators handle disputes in the English Courts as well as managing multi-jurisdictional cases in Europe at the General Court and Court of Justice. The attorneys in Munich and Freiburg handle disputes in different regional courts across Germany and up to the level of the Bundesgerichtshof.
Network Memberships: Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), International Trademark Association (INTA), International Association for the Protection of IP (AIPPI), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), American IP Law Association (AIPLA), BioIndustry Association (BIA), British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA), MARQUES, European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
Maucher Jenkins is the joint trading name of RGC Jenkins & Co in the UK (regulated by IPReg) and Maucher Jenkins Patentanwälte & Rechtsanwälte in Germany.
Norton Rose Fulbright in Canada is unique in its ability to provide seamless IP advice on a truly national and global scale. We have one of the few IP practices with such a designation in Canada covering IP professionals in each of Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. The integration of Bull Housser Tupper was completed on January 1, 2017 and has added a particular depth in trademark prosecution and litigation, anti-counterfeiting, and trade secrets.
Litigation practice: The team of IP litigators at Norton Rose Fulbright is ranked among the best in Canada. We provide offensive and defensive litigation counsel in all areas of intellectual property, including patents infringement and impeachment actions under the Patent Act and pursuant prohibition proceedings and section 8 damages actions under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance Regulations), copyrights, trade-marks, trade-mark oppositions, trade secrets, counterfeit enforcement, and industrial designs. The team is particularly well known and regarded for its patent litigation work for pharmaceutical clients. Our roster of innovative pharmaceutical clients for which we act in litigation is second to none in Canada. As pharmaceutical patent disputes represent a significant part of patent litigation in Canada, our team is extremely active in this area. The patent litigation practice also includes mechanical patents, medical devices and oil and gas patents, among other technologies. More recently, several new partners with leading practices in trademark and copyright litigation have increased our capabilities, successes and client base in this area.
Patent practice: Norton Rose Fulbright's Canada patent attorneys and agents have highly specialized degrees and provide comprehensive intellectual property advice and global portfolio strategy. We handle the Canadian and global patent work for a stellar cross section of Canadian and international clients. Our Canadian Patent Centre of Excellence complements notably the patent expertise within Norton Rose Fulbright in the United States.
We are one of the largest patent filers in Canada with a particular emphasis on drafting original patents and global portfolio strategy, as evidenced by the fact that we are consistently one of the top PCT filers in Canada. We are often selected over our competitors because our patent prosecution expertise is unrivalled and works seamlessly with our disputes and regulatory lawyers to provide strategic and holistic approach to patent portfolio management.
Trademark practice: We assist clients with all aspects of the branding process. This includes providing overall branding strategy, the drafting and prosecuting of trade-mark applications, the provision of advice regarding availability and registrability of marks in Canada and globally. Our team provides strategic trade-mark advice including portfolio review, infringement surveillance, and advice on legal issues connected with introducing products and services to the market, such as branding, product information and advertising. We assist clients with all aspects of brands expansion into social media including acquisition of domain names, and enforcement of brands on all social media channels globally. Our litigation team acts for clients in opposition proceedings, infringement proceedings and expungement proceedings and trade libel actions.
Copyright practice: Our copyright team has expertise in all aspects of copyright law including clearance, acquisition and registration, infringement and litigation, due diligence, licenses, assignments and transactional issues. We act for copyright owners working in various industries such as film, television, video, music, art, fashion, literature, software and evolving media including telecommunications and the Internet. Similarly, our trade-marks team works with clients to acquire, commercialize and safeguard their brands, including logos, product or container shapes and packaging. We advise on all aspects of the selection, registration, commercialization and protection of rights related to trade-marks and brands. We are regularly called upon to advise on the copyright aspects of advertising and marketing campaigns. Clients consistently call upon our professionals for wide industry coverage, the shared experience between the team and our large panel of services. Our litigation lawyers are also active in copyright disputes at both the trial and appellate levels in the software, media, communications, and entertainment sectors with clients including film studios, software and gaming developers, telecommunications companies, the television industry and the music business. We have extensive experience representing rights holders before the Copyright Board and assisting in the enforcement of tariffs, as well as in anti-counterfeiting mandates for fashion enterprises and standards organizations, including border seizures and rapid enforcement campaigns.
Commercial IP practice: The IP team handles a wide range of commercial transactions relating to all areas of intellectual property. For example, our commercial IP team has assisted a major financial institution in developing key collaboration agreements, developed and negotiated licensing agreements with other financial institutions, developed blockchain consortium agreements, and very complex IP co-existence and ownership issues.