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We are a UK based firm with worldwide reach.  We work with a global client base to secure, defend and enforce their intellectual property rights throughout the world.

Corporations and Multinationals

 

Experience

Full Representation or Ghost Writing.  We work with large organisations operating in a variety of technical fields, supporting their in-house patent teams.  Our role is generally to coordinate global prosecution of patent applications for these clients, or handle their European patent prosecution, reporting to in-house counsel.  We also ghost-write patent applications, analyse Search Reports and prepare responses to Examination Reports for clients who handle filing formalities themselves.

Formalities.  We have experience of working with in-house paralegals to accommodate a range of different approaches to the handling of patent formalities, and we are used to liaising with large accounting departments to ensure our invoicing procedures meet our clients’ requirements.  We are familiar with a variety of case management systems utilised by large organisations, such as Anaqua™ and Ipendo™, and can provide on-line access to our own case management system where needed.

Approach

Focus.  We are skilled at identifying the crucial issues in the cases we handle, and presenting them for consideration by our well qualified and experienced in-house contacts in a way that optimises use of their time.  Our goal is to empower the in-house team to take well informed, strategic decisions without being troubled by side issues and trivialities.

Right First Time.  As for all our clients, our emphasis is on doing a quality job from the outset, with a view to minimising complications down the line.

Costs

Agreed Pricing.  We generally find that clients in this sector require pricing structures to be agreed in advance.  We are open to such negotiations, whether on an ad-hoc basis or via formal tender.

Small and Medium Size Companies

 

Experience

Different Goals.  We represent clients that have Intellectual Property portfolios ranging from a single patent family to dozens of different rights.  For some clients, the emphasis is on closely protecting certain important products, with a view to enforcing rights where needed in order to maintain market lead.  Others use the patent system more speculatively, to leverage business opportunities in new markets or commercial sectors through licensing.  We can support all of these goals.

Global Management.   We have extensive experience working with the patent systems of all major jurisdictions around the world.  We can also integrate with other advisors in different sectors, such as commercial lawyers and accountants, to advise businesses on wider projects.  

Approach

Sole Advisors.  In this sector, we generally act as sole advisors for the entire Intellectual Property portfolio.  More often than not, this leads to us becoming an almost integral part of our clients’ business.   We thrive on this, and enjoy the close understanding that develops between our firm and our clients’ management teams over the years.

Value.  We believe that all businesses, whatever their size, must be able to justify their expenditure on patents and other forms of Intellectual Property rationally.  We work hard to balance costs against business goals, ensuring that our clients obtain real benefit from all work that we undertake on their behalf.    

Costs

Budget Control.  Clients in this sector have a widely varying needs, and our charges are carefully managed to reflect this.  We invariably discuss costs openly, with a view to providing invoicing arrangements that are compatible with our clients’ financial cycles and budgets.

Universities and Spin Outs

 

Experience

Part of our Culture.  A high proportion of our work is for Universities and Spin Outs.  Indeed, our Brighton office is located on the campus of the University of Sussex, in the Sussex Innovation Centre, which has acted as an incubator for a large number of start-up companies over the years.  As a firm that was established relatively recently itself, comprised of attorneys with strong academic backgrounds, we find we tend to have a natural affinity with entrepreneurs and academics.

Core Inventions.  We are familiar with the specific requirements of patent applications for inventions that result from academic research, and which may form the foundations of spin-out companies.  Such inventions often relate to fundamental concepts or early stage technology that has potentially high value, but for which a route to income generation is uncertain.

Approach

Turning Science into Patent Value.  The principles of the patent system are often at odds with the priorities of academic research.  What makes a great piece of research for an academic paper often doesn’t yield effective patent protection straightforwardly, and what may seem less important from the point of view of scientific interest  is vital in a patent application.  We work with inventors to help them understand these differences and get the best out of the patent system.

Costs

Careful Planning.  We recognise that, in this sector, patent costs are often perceived as being front loaded by the expense associated with drafting patent applications, particularly when future worth depends heavily on commercial success, which is often unpredictable.  Whilst we cannot change this, we are sympathetic to it, and endeavour to work with our clients to plan budgets carefully and rationalised whenever appropriate.

Patent Attorneys outside of Europe

 

Experience

Second to None.  Although our firm is young by comparison to some of its competitors, our attorneys have handled hundreds of patent applications over their careers and their expertise is second to none.  We have an intimate knowledge of the European patent system, and how to get the best from it.  We have a reputation for progressing patent applications to grant efficiently.

Oral Proceedings.  Our attorneys have extensive experience of presenting cases at European Patent Office Oral Proceedings, both before the Examining Division and the Opposition Division.  Our emphasis is on thorough preparation, ironing out issues in advance and foreseeing potential problems wherever possible.  This has helped us achieve a very strong record of positive outcomes.

Approach

Proactive Guidance.  We are skilled at adapting the global strategy decided upon by our clients for European patent practice.  Often this is simply a matter of ensuring formal requirements are dealt with in a timely manner, but if we believe amendments are needed or arguments need to be re-structured in order to achieve results, then we let our clients know.  In our experience, confronting issues as soon as they become apparent achieves better results, more quickly, and is generally cost-effective in the long term.

Costs

Low Service Charges.  Attorneys used to sending work to other firms in Europe typically find our service charges and fixed fees extremely low by comparison, with our charges for professional time being around market rate.

Obtaining Patents

We obtain patents to protect our clients’ inventions.   We handle the entire patenting process, from initial assessment of inventions and preparing patent applications, through to securing grant of patents around the world.

Managing and Enforcing Patents

We manage patent portfolios on behalf of our clients, ensuring rights are maintained and that budgets are met.  We advise on patent infringement and handle the licensing and enforcement of patents.

Other Intellectual Property Rights

We advise on all aspects of Intellectual Property.  We register trade marks and designs for our clients, and advise on the management and enforcement of  trade marks, designs, copyright and domain names.

London

Central Court
25 Southampton Buildings
London
WC2A 1AL
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 20 3178 6078
F: +44 (0) 20 3178 6079
E: info@thompsongray.com

Brighton

Sussex Innovation Centre
Science Park Square, Falmer
Brighton
BN1 9SB
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1273 704453
F: +44 (0) 1273 704454
E: info@thompsongray.com