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Hutchinson IP, wins the “IP Innovator Award: Mechanical IP” in the prestigious 2015 Intellectual Property Awards.


Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Magazine Intellectual Property Awards celebrate the individuals and firms who are involved in driving the intellectual property field.  The awards, open to businesses from any sector or region, are given entirely on merit, acknowledging fantastic achievement over the course of the past year. Winners are nominated and voted for by their peers and clients.



Simplifying patent fee choices

One of the questions that we are asked most often is “which fees should I pay and why?”  Here is our attempt at an answer to that seemingly simple question.


Inventorship and ownership

Information about the relationship between inventors and applicants and the requirements for correctly documenting and recording it.


Accelerated processing

Information on how the patent application process can be accelerated


Updated global renewal fee schedule

Please click here to download our latest global renewal fee schedule, or here to learn more about renewing patents.


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

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.

UPDATES

FIXED FEE SERVICES

Need a speaker?

We are more than happy to give IP presentations on a range of subjects.  Please contact us for more information, or if you are looking for speakers at business events, particularly those in the North of England.

CIPA North-West & Merseyside

Events for CIPA members in the NW region

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!

EVENTS


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.

PATENT BOX

This is a short video we helped to make explaining the Patent Box.

CURRENT VACANCIES:

Associate Patent Attorney (QUALIFIED OR PART-QUALIFIED)

CPA and/or EPA (or thereabouts!); Mechanical, engineering, materials or electronics

The work:

The range of work on offer is diverse, including a large amount of original patent drafting, prosecution and portfolio management, as well as some contentious IP work.  We regularly carry out IP audits, pre-filing patentability searches, conduct opinion work, handle entitlement disputes, use the UKIPO Opinions service and do straw man work, which sometimes involves attending EPO Hearings. We are also regularly instructed in relation to Design Right, Copyright and VERO disputes, which involves working with IP barristers and solicitors in IPEC litigation.  Thus, the depth and breadth of work and experience on offer is excellent, and would suit someone who is keen to learn and develop their skills as an attorney.  You will also need to keep up-to-date with developments in IP law and will be expected to become involved in our CPD programme, which we run in conjunction with other IP firms.

Don’t be fooled by the firm’s “out-of-town” location: this is a very established and rapidly-growing IP practice with an already large and varied caseload.  You will be given a full docket of work from day 1, with direct client contact and real responsibility.  There will be plenty of opportunity for both business and personal career development here!

The candidate:

We need someone with a degree in an engineering, mechanical, electrical, or electronic subject and who has recently qualified as a UK and/or European patent attorney.  Candidates qualified as a UK Patent Attorney or a European Patent Attorney only will be given training and support to get them through the relevant exams.  

We also welcome applications from candidates with passes in some, but not all, of the UK and/or EPO final exams.

There will be a lot of direct client contact, so we need someone who enjoys meeting with clients and getting to understand their business.  The ideal candidate will be able to grasp complex commercial situations quickly and be able to develop an IP strategy that meets the client’s needs with the minimum cost and complexity.  

We operate an established, “paperless” office and so strong IT skills are essential.  You will be expected to be very familiar with MS Office applications and feel comfortable working in a paperless environment.  Full training and support will be provided on our records, accounts and billing systems.

The package:

This is a full-time position, based in our Southport office and a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications is on offer.  To apply, please e-mail your CV, or telephone (01704 320 084) Tom Hutchinson at any time, in strictest confidence, to discuss the role in greater detail.

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