Chemistry and materials technologies

For chemists, or chemical engineers, IP is generated when a new material is developed, the manufacturing process is optimised or a new use is found for an existing material. We work with innovators throughout the supply-chain, helping to secure rights and build portfolios which protect their business. Commonly, this is by obtaining patent rights to prevent others from exploiting their efforts, developments and hard work. This increases company value and secures market-leading positions.

Our expertise extends to enforcement and competitor monitoring. This is highly valuable when you consider that in 2018 over 170,000 patent applications were filed at the European Patent Office, with around 40,000 of these relating to chemical technology. We proactively provide you with the knowledge you need to be aware of competitor patent rights to avoid infringing others’ rights and stimulate new innovations to be turned into assets — ensuring that you’re always ahead of the game.

Our expertise

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Green chemistry

If you’re active in the consumer and industrial products supply-chain, you’re incentivised by consumers, collaborative activity and regulatory pressures to develop ‘greener’, more sustainable products and processes. Patent protection is fundamental to protecting your innovation efforts, driving product development and enhancing the value of your company — inspiring environmental awareness and 'better living' amongst consumers and industries for the benefit of our planet and its inhabitants.

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New materials, chemical production and waste management

The design of new molecules, formulations and manufacturing methods means there are a whole host of IP opportunities for innovators in the new materials sector. We advise on all aspects of chemical production with a focus on protecting sustainable materials delivered to a wide-range of end markets. Particular examples include the production of sustainable and bio-based, low-carbon raw materials used within detergents, cleaners, agricultural products, coatings and cosmetics; and advanced composite materials such as graphene to support large industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive and construction.

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Battery, fuel cell and energy storage technologies

Innovative, chemistry-led solutions are delivering power to our homes and providing transport more efficiently and cleanly than ever before. Chemical innovation is fundamental to clean energy storage and mobility within the global energy, consumer electronics and automotive sectors. Potential market-leading developments include hydrogen fuel cell technology and advanced materials for batteries — fundamental to eliminating fossil fuel-powered vehicles and delivering the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles.

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Case Studies

Case Study

Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd

A masterstroke in plastic recycling

We secured global patent protection for a new black colourant for plastics which will enable more to be recycled using infrared sorting technology.

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SIG

Safer, more efficient external cladding

Our technical knowledge of the science behind the invention helped us to secure patent protection for SIG’s cladding.

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Floreon

A solution to the world’s packaging problem?

Plastic pollution is a major problem. Floreon might just have the solution. We secured European protection for its innovative degradable plastics.

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Meet our team

Dr Garry Stuttard

Partner - Leeds

Mark Green

Partner - London

Dr Martin Neilson

Partner - Leeds

Tom Baker

Partner - Cardiff

Dr Clair Curran

Senior Patent Attorney - Leeds

Dr Philip Groves

Patent Assistant - Leeds

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