We help you to protect, manage and enforce your intellectual property rights on a global scale. Whether you are an individual or a business, whether you work in fashion or pharmaceuticals, you can have absolute confidence in our commitment to working with you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Choosing a new adviser is a big decision: one in which trust is a major factor. Our exceptional understanding of the technology, science and business sectors that our clients operate in, ensures we offer insightful and commercially focused advice. This means we can confidently state that our team will be able to quickly grasp and understand your unique business objectives and IP needs.

Our patents and designs group is experienced working with large corporates, from banks to pharmaceutical companies, smaller and medium sized business, Government bodies, academic institutions, research laboratories and individual inventors. We work closely with all these entities to help them achieve their commercial goals or strategies.

These teams handle the filing and prosecution of one-off patent applications, and successfully manage large and complex portfolios.

We regularly appear at European Patent Office (EPO) Opposition and Appeal hearings on behalf of our clients. Indeed, this is a specific area in which we pride ourselves. As part of our commitment to becoming an integral part of your business, rather than just an external adviser, we also offer an in-house search and watching facility, a full renewals service and a dedicated department for validating European Patents.

Our Trade Mark and Domain Name Group offers bold, creative and imaginative solutions to your brand-related IP issues. We cover everything from brand selection, filing and prosecution work to oppositions, dispute avoidance and dispute resolution; from domain name recovery and anti-counterfeiting work to litigation support. No matter where you are in the world, we will work with you to add value to your IP assets and ensure you remain competitive.


In an increasingly competitive and complex environment, we make your key priorities our key priorities: namely, to protect your invention, enforce your rights to your technology and commercialise your assets.

Today often the most substantial value of a business is based on its intangible assets. Intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. The right patent will prevent others from exploiting your inventions, or provide a substantial barrier to market access. We understand that your success can depend on the calibre of the patent granted, and with our combined technical and commercial expertise, we can ensure you are at an advantage from the very beginning. Our patent teams are skilled in creating cohesive IP strategies, including both commercialisation and enforcement, that will ensure the maximum value is obtained from your IP.

We can guide you through the full patent process, from before an application is filed, when the scope of the invention is still to be defined, to after grant, when the patent may need to be defended against third parties. We also have a track record of successfully opposing or otherwise invalidating a third party’s patent, carrying out Freedom to Operate searches and other due diligence work.


We can guide you through the range of ways to protect the visual appearance of your product or an element of it. We have extensive experience across all the options, from Registered Design protection to Unregistered Design Right and Copyright. We know how these rights interact and the best way of working with you to secure the optimum protection.

We prepare Registered Design applications in the UK, in the European Community and around the world. Your needs are covered, from filing and prosecution to dealing with any objections that may arise before official registration of the design.

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We have the know-how and creativity to ensure that your valuable brand assets are looked after and commercialised to their fullest degree. We can act for you wherever you are based, deploying our extensive international experience and trusted global connections.

We have market-leading experience before the UK Registry, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and foreign registries, in overcoming objections, successfully prosecuting and defending oppositions, and appeals, and in revocation and invalidity work. A large part of our work is in the field of dispute avoidance and dispute resolution. We are highly skilled and experienced negotiators, obtaining excellent outcomes for our clients. We have particular expertise in the management of large portfolios; searching and watching; domain name recovery; and trading standards and customs work.

We understand that your business strategy may include expanding into new overseas territories. We have developed strong relationships with local firms in Europe, China, the Far East, India, South America and many more, giving you peace of mind that your work will only be handled by the highest-quality foreign attorneys, hand-selected by us for their values and reputation.


Working alongside our teams of IP experts is a range of specialist departments, all operating to enable Boult Wade Tennant to deliver the highest quality advice and client service. The real benefit to our clients is that with dedicated in-house teams of professionals, we can offer a dynamic and agile service. The arrangement, size and structure of the support teams all contribute to making this firm one of the best IP firms in the UK.

Our support staff are highly qualified and are always in high demand. We regularly offer their services directly to clients through secondments or placements. Recently, a records team leader worked with a major communications company to help them with their new docketing system, Ipendo. He organised their database, correcting inaccuracies and inconsistencies and offered advice and training in how to use the platform effectively.