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Patents

Our patent attorneys regularly provide pioneering advice on obtaining patent protection, potential patent infringement (whether the firm’s clients are asserting their rights or defending), challenging third parties’ patent rights on behalf of clients, and defending clients’ rights against such challenges. We also have extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the UKIPO and German Patent Offices through the firm’s Munich office as well as the European Patent Office as required.

As scientists with various academic specialities, our patent attorneys have thorough experience of a wide range of technologies comprising electronics, software, mechanical engineering and chemistry fields. We offer companies and individuals comprehensive advice and services relating to all aspects of patents, including obtaining patent protection, advising on potential patent infringement (both by our clients and of our clients’ rights), challenging third parties’ patent rights on behalf of our clients and defending our clients’ rights against such challenges. We also prepare licence agreements and assignments, carry out Freedom-to-Operate analysis, prepare due diligence reports and carry out infringement clearance searches before the launch of new products. We have extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, as well as experience of assisting in patent litigation in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Our attorneys practise before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) and the European Patent Office. We also work with a global network of trusted associates to get patent protection all over the world for our clients.

“We’ve enjoyed an excellent relationship with Venner Shipley for many years and have consistently found them to be responsive and highly knowledgeable. They have handled a number of complex matters for us and have always delivered excellent outcomes.” Client Testimonial, Legal 500 UK (PATMA: Patent Attorneys) Tier 1 – 2021

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