Our team combines technical and legal expertise to ensure the enforcement and exploitation of clients' technology, and to ensure clients' freedom to conduct their own businesses while navigating the rights of third parties.
Our 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.
We have also handled patent and know-how licences for companies in the pharmaceutical, medical devices, oil and gas and fintech sectors.
We work with clients across all of our core sectors to advise on filing options and protection strategies for patentable and unpatentable technologies
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 both the 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, for example our Middle Eastern practice offers this service in Arabic (in which the application is generally filed and granted) and in English (in which it is generally examined).