Automotive, engineering and industry

We work across a broad spectrum of technologies within the automotive, aeronautic, chemical and marine engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering sectors. We advise start-ups, universities, university spin-offs, SMEs and multinationals in protecting their inventions and developments and gaining market share in the face of competitor IP. Our team of professionals work with a wide range of clients from the commercial and academic sectors, and many of our attorneys have degrees in engineering disciplines. We regularly work with companies developing solutions for domestic and commercial engineering problems, from nanoengineering to major constructional engineering. One of the major strengths of our firm is our understanding of IP problems facing the various sectors of the industrial market, alongside our ability to provide cost-effective and client-focused solutions to these problems. Through long-term relationships with our clients, some extending over half a century, we have built up a deep knowledge of the sector. Many of our professional staff have engineering and manufacturing qualifications, as well as specialist skills from previous roles in industry.

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The systems within vehicles are becoming ever more technical. As connected cars and autonomous vehicles continue to emerge and dominate media and public discourse, an increasing number of new, associated technologies are being developed. Regulatory advances mean that electric vehicles are leading development and industry attention and autonomous vehicles present unparalleled technical and legal challenges as vehicles become more and more connected to their surroundings.

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Construction and infrastructure

The UK has some huge construction and infrastructure projects underway relating to energy, transport, waste, water, housing, regeneration and social infrastructure. These present opportunities for companies to produce innovative solutions to the infrastructure and construction challenges we’re faced with.

Moreover, the drive for the UK to become a low-carbon economy to tackle climate change presents innovators with the opportunity to tackle these challenges head-on. Challenges like load balancing on the power network to cope with the proliferation of electric vehicles, or the need to build more heat-efficient homes, require technical solutions which will have high commercial value to the industry as a whole.

It’s therefore vital that the IP you generate is protected, so that you receive the maximum reward for your endeavours.

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Case Studies

Case Study

Shanghai Balance Automotive Equipment Co Ltd

Trade mark disputes — keep the faith (and your email records)

When a client’s distributor acted in bad faith, we successfully cancelled its trade marks by working closely with our client and its Chinese counsel.


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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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Putting the brakes on a trade mark opposition

Find out what happened when we defended Geely Holding Group Co Ltd against a trade mark opposition from Ford Motor Company.


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Meet our team

Alan Fiddes

Managing Partner - Leeds

Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Cardiff

Gareth Price

Partner - Leeds

Ian Byworth

Partner - Newcastle

Dr Jenny Smith

Patent Assistant - Leeds

Dr Jonathan Morris

Senior Patent Attorney - Milton Keynes

Mark Davies

Partner - Cardiff

Dr Martin Neilson

Partner - Leeds

Martin Vinsome

Partner - Newcastle

Dr Nick Burton

Partner - Leeds

Nicole Cordy

Patent Attorney - Cardiff

Dr Paul Dakers

Patent Assistant - Newcastle

Simon Raynor

Partner - Milton Keynes

Dr Terence Broderick

Patent Attorney - Cardiff

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