Manufacturing, engineering and industrial design

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.

How we can help

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Automotive

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

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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Case Study

Geely

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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Case Study

Anonymous creative agency

lient can't pay? We'll take it away...

Find out how an understanding of IP rights helped a creative agency get paid for its work after its client refused to pay.

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Our blogs

Insights from our expert attorneys related to manufacturing, engineering and industrial design.

Events

12-04-2019

Five ways to champion women in IP

Here are five things both men and women can do to improve diversity and encourage success in IP.

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Patents

05-04-2019

Dancing on a competitor’s grave — six considerations when buying patents from a dissolved company

There are key risks to consider before you look to acquire bargain patents from dissolved companies.

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Patents

20-02-2019

How are innovations using graphene to drive us towards sustainable transport?

A must-read for the automotive industry ahead of the Graphene Automotive conference.

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Our people

Leeds

Alan Fiddes

Managing Partner

Cardiff

Leeds

Newcastle

Leeds

Dr Jenny Smith

Patent Assistant

Milton Keynes

Dr Jonathan Morris

Senior Patent Attorney

Cardiff

Leeds

Newcastle

Leeds

Dr Nick Burton

Senior Patent Attorney

Cardiff

Nicole Cordy

Patent Attorney

Newcastle

Dr Paul Dakers

Patent Assistant

Milton Keynes

Cardiff

Dr Terence Broderick

Patent Attorney

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