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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

  • Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBA) issued its eagerly-awaited decision in G1/19

  • The UK Supreme Courts Decision in Uber v Aslam on ‘workers’ and whether they enjoy employee type rights – does this have consequence for ownership of patents?

  • Venner Shipley shortlisted for Firm of the Year – Patent Prosecution and, Firm of the Year – Trademark Contentious (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms) at the 2021 Managing IP Awards

  • Allie Elend and Anton Hutter ranked in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders guide

  • Venner Shipley recommended in JUVE Patent’s Patent Filing UK 2021 ranking

  • Inside IP Autumn Winter 2020

  • G3/19: EBA finds plants produced by essentially biological processes are not patentable

  • A round-up of recent Decisions from the Boards of Appeal at the EPO

  • Kymab prevails as the UK Supreme Court affirms the requirement for sufficient disclosure

  • UKIPO published guidance on the question of Address for Service after Brexit

  • Top tips for protecting your inventions

  • Venner Shipley recognised by Managing Intellectual Property in its 2020 IP STARS rankings