In the UK, the chemical industry annually contributes an estimated £8 billion to the economy. Chemicals are fundamental to a number of significant industries including green tech, healthcare, aerospace, computing, electronic and optical equipment, food products, automotive, machinery, communications and electronics. IP protection (especially patents) is an established mechanism to capitalise on R&D in the sector, to add variety to revenue streams and complement an organisation’s primary business activities.

Client Testimonial
“We have worked with Martin [Neilson] for many years and value his professional approach and the contribution he makes to our business. UDL’s services are important to ensure we stay ahead of the competition and protect our IP.”

Business Development Manager, New Building Technologies, SIG Performance Technology

How we can help

Our chemicals and materials attorneys have specialist expertise in general chemical technologies, in particular chemical manufacturing, metallurgy, ceramics, polymer materials, plastics and coatings as specific examples within physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. Our attorneys have many years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of chemistry-related patent matters including portfolio creation, management and exploitation to meet and exceed the objectives of clients. We also make an active contribution to clients’ businesses by helping to identify patentable subject matter to maximise a commercial position against competitors. Our attorneys are well-respected advisors who can assist clients in avoiding patent infringement as well as managing enforcement of patent rights.

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Case Studies

Case Study


Obtaining a global patent portfolio to forge collaborative partnerships

A university came to us when it needed both legal support and expertise in chemistry and materials. We helped it to secure multiple patents worldwide.


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.


Case Study


Safer, more efficient external cladding

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





Size matters — patenting at the nanoscale

Can you gain protection for a nanomaterial despite the material itself having been disclosed before?

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The chemistry and materials of cars — time to reassess your patent strategy?

New, innovative players in automotive mean that it might be time to rethink your IP strategy.

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IP tips


Patent ownership and inventorship — a quick guide

Applicants, inventors, owners. What's the difference? Here's a quick guide.

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