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Boult is a leading European patent, design and trade mark firm recognised throughout the IP world for its commercial awareness and commitment to clients. The core principles of the firm are quality, market understanding and sound judgement – constant themes since it was founded in 1894. Our roots are in the UK but we have now evolved into a European firm with a global practice. Our team has an unparalleled ability to apply expert strategic and commercial thinking to any IP problem. Our British, German and Spanish offices work together both closely and collaboratively and our strong presence across jurisdictions both inside and outside of the EU means we can handle work at a national, European regional and international level.

What sets us apart from other firms is our approach to people. Externally, we work hard to develop close relationships with our clients, so that we can provide tailored advice, whether they are multinational corporations, universities and other research establishments, attorney firms, SMEs and private inventors, across Europe, the Far East, North America and elsewhere. We pride ourselves on our clear and relaxed communication style, and we work to demanding deadlines in the most complex areas of technology. As a team, we are friendly and personable, and we think that this is what drives clients to choose us and stay with us – some of our clients have been with us for decades.


“We are Boult – a leading European IP firm. We focus on quality, market understanding and sound judgement – constant themes since our founding in 1894.

We have our roots in the UK but have now evolved into an international firm with offices across Europe, although our practice is global facing. Our clients range from start-ups and entrepreneurs to international organisations and academic institutions. We pride ourselves on providing the right combination of expertise in an international team to support our clients’ IP needs globally.

Dr Alex Frost


6 offices in 3 countries


Current turnover approaching £50M


We offer our support to clients in over 90 countries worldwide


90% of the trainees that qualify at our firm choose to stay with us


What sets Boult apart is not only the expertise of our staff but also our culture, demonstrated through our approach and values. Our firm’s values are a direct reflection of the kind of firm we want to be. A firm where everyone is committed to delivering world-class service in a working environment where they can bring their authentic self to the office. Our people are our most important and our greatest asset – without them, there is no Boult.

With around a hundred IP professionals in three countries, we are large enough to handle the most complex and interesting cases and small enough to provide a bespoke one-to-one service to clients and to provide support to our staff as individuals. We have an open culture where everyone is treated with respect and civility. Everyone is equally important and everyone’s views count. We have always had an inclusive working environment; it’s not new to this firm, it’s just who we are.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our clients, and the best possible work environment for our people. Our approach to our work is underpinned by our values and they inform everything we do as an individual and as a firm.

“Fundamentally, we are a caring organisation. Getting that balance right between delivering great client service but also doing that in a way which is fulfilling and rewarding for our staff is key to our culture. We are making progress and will continue to make progress. We are a brilliant firm to work for and we want to make sure the firm is viewed as such by all our staff.”

Andrew Little

Our values are:

  • Approachable: passion and personality matters.
  • Supportive: we are strongest when we work together as a team.
  • Outstanding: what we do, we do exceptionally well.
  • Considerate: we respect our social and physical environment, both domestically and internationally.

Information security

Boult places great importance on information security, including cybersecurity, to protect against external threats. We continuously strive to meet or exceed the industry information security best practices and apply controls to protect our clients and the firm. We maintain a comprehensive set of information security and cybersecurity policies and procedures which align with ISO/IEC 27001 standard.



Boult shortlisted for Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year, Global IP Awards

Boult is proud to have been shortlisted for Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year, United Kingdom at the 2024 Global IP Awards

Boult Pathways to Law and Engineering 2024 with the Sutton Trust

Boult held its latest Pathways to Law and Pathways to Engineering placements with the Sutton Trust in May 2024. The feedback we’ve

Boult ranked as Top Tier for Patents by MIP

Boult has been recognised as a Top Tier Firm for Patents in Managing IP (MIP)’s IP Stars 2024 – the highest ranking

Boult at the London Youth Games

This week, members of Boult’s team took part in volunteering at the London Youth Games. The London Youth Games is a nine-month