Our patents & trade secrets team advises on enforcement and exploitation issues
Our patents & trade secrets team helps clients on intellectual property issues related technology, and ensures that they have freedom to conduct their businesses while navigating the rights of third parties. We work with clients across all of our core sectors to advise on filing options and protection strategies for patentable and unpatentable technologies.
We have also handled patent and know-how licences for companies in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, oil and gas and fintech sectors.
Our patent & trade secrets lawyers have handled patent and trade secrets disputes involving technologies including numerous chemical pharmaceutical products, biological and biosimilar medicines, riflescopes, diagnostic kits, digital compression standards and optical discs, automatic speech recognition systems, marine paints and protective coatings, porridge containers and nappies.
Many countries operate their own patent offices which include a substantive examination procedure, although the examination is commonly outsourced to other patent offices in Europe and Asia.
In dealing with patent applications it is essential to combine a strong understanding of local practices and procedures together with the international requirements of the overseas office that is examining the application. It is also essential to be able to deal with the application at a technical level in the local language. Our Middle Eastern practice, for example, offers this service in Arabic, in which the application is generally filed and granted, and in English in which it is generally examined.
We have established China patent practices in Beijing, which is essential to ensure optimal access to the China National IP Administration, as well as in Shanghai and Chongqing. Our team in China has over 16 years of accumulated local experience with technology law and patents.