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Our approach will take you on a journey that begins with a conversation to find out what you want to achieve. We’ll then work with you to develop a strategy and deploy the necessary tools to maximise your chances of achieving your commercial objectives.


Our business is roughly divided into two main areas: IP Consulting (the bit where we work out what you need, why you need it and how to do it); and Attorney Services (where we do the work that is needed). Some clients need our help in both areas, whereas others don’t. Whatever your needs and aspirations, we hope to be able to work with you to deliver real value and tangible results.


We work with local and international businesses, corporations and in-house IP departments and our track record for delivery on-time and on-budget is exemplary.



Due to an ever-increasing workload, we are currently recruiting recently-qualified or nearly-qualified patent attorneys.  

In particular, we are seeking candidates with a strong general engineering, materials science, or surface coatings background that are keen to have lots of direct client access and original drafting work.  Experience with contentious proceedings would also be beneficial.


We are Intellectual Property experts  

We help businesses to identify, protect and use their most valuable assets: the ideas and innovations that keep them ahead of the game

+44 1704 320 084

57 Hoghton Street | Southport | PR9 0PG | United Kingdom

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INFORMATION

If you’re looking for information about IP and how it impacts your business, you’ve come to the right place!  

We can tell you how to protect your innovations, how to deal with an allegation of infringement, how to stop a competitor from using your IP and we can give general advice that is relevant to your particular commercial circumstances.

Our approach is results-focused, which means that we try to understand what you want to achieve before advising you on what to do.  This approach has proven to deliver results quickly, cost-effectively and with the minimum of fuss.

We have compiled some information leaflets, which can be downloaded from here, which cover some of the most commonly-asked questions.  Alternatively, you can call us or arrange an initial consultation without obligation.  We’re here to help!

Wherever possible, we provide services on a fixed-fee basis.  This includes drafting and filing patent applications, dealing with search and examination reports, attending hearings, conducing IP reviews and audits.

For more open-ended projects, such as litigation, we can work on a time basis, but we can also scope-out and “chunk” the job with fixed fees at different points on the decision tree.

We think that fixed-fees are what our clients want - they help them to forecast, and budget for, costs.  It helps us too because we can simplify our internal systems and focus on doing top quality work, rather than recording every minute of time spent on a case.  

In addition, our “out of town” location, and our fully-computerised, paperless systems enable us to  reduce our operating costs substantially.  The result is very best quality service at some of the lowest rates in the UK market.

CAREERS

We are currently seeking to recruit top-notch qualified or nearly-qualified patent attorneys with a background in engineering, physics, mechanics or materials or  to join our team in Southport.

Read more here.

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) by a small majority (51.9% - 48.1%).  So, what does this mean for the UK from an IP perspective?


The United Kingdom’s status in the EU:

The UK is still a member of the EU, and will remain so, until such time as its exit from the EU has been negotiated.  Therefore, until such time as the UK actually leaves the EU, everything should carry on as it did before 23 June 2016.  The exit of the UK from the EU is governed by Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union (Art 50 TEU).  More information about this can be found here:

European patents:

The European Patent Organisation is an extra-governmental organisation that is separate from the EU.  As such, the UK’s membership of the European Patent Organisation is not dependent on its continued membership of the EU.  Switzerland, for example, is an EPC contracting state, but is not a member of the EU.  The UK may eventually end up in the same, or a similar, position to other non-EU, EPC members, such as Switzerland, where patents granted by the EPO can nevertheless be validated as national patents in those countries.

The Unitary Patent, however, is an EU initiative.  So, if the UK leaves the EU, then the Unitary Patent may not be effective in the UK.  However, whether or not Unitary Patents will ultimately be effective in the UK, and whether the UK will continue to be involved in the European Patents Court, will no doubt be the subject of negotiations under Art 50 TEU.

Registered Community Designs:

The Registered Community Design system is intrinsically linked to EU membership.  If the UK eventually leaves the EU, then Registered Community Designs may no longer be effective in the UK.  However, the possibility of converting new or existing Registered Community Designs into UK Registered Designs, or the enforceability of Registered Community Designs in the UK notwithstanding the UK’s exit from the UK, will also no doubt be the subject of negotiations under Art 50 TEU.

Updates:

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and we will post further updates as soon as more information is known.  For more information, please contact us.

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WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU?

Our approach will take you on a journey that begins with a conversation to find out what you want to achieve. We’ll then work with you to develop a strategy and deploy the necessary tools to maximise your chances of achieving your commercial objectives.

Our business is roughly divided into two main areas: IP Consulting (the bit where we work out what you need, why you need it and how to do it); and Attorney Services (where we do the work that is needed). Some clients need our help in both areas, whereas others don’t. Whatever your needs and aspirations, we hope to be able to work with you to deliver real value and tangible results.

We work with local and international businesses, corporations and in-house IP departments and our track record for delivery on-time and on-budget is exemplary.

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