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Here at Boult Wade Tennant, we help you to protect, manage and enforce your intellectual property rights on a global scale, from our offices across Europe: London, Madrid, Frankfurt, Cambridge, Reading and Munich. 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 specialist patent attorneys have an exceptional understanding of the technology, science and business sectors that our clients operate in, ensuring 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 intellectual property 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, our UK and European patent attorneys 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. If you’re looking to protect your product, by registering the right patent you will be able to prevent others from exploiting your inventions or provide a substantial barrier to market access.

As a leading patent attorneys, 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 with being assigned a specialist IP patent attorney. Our UK and European patent attorneys are knowledgeable in patent law and both UK and European patent registration, and are skilled in creating cohesive IP strategies, including both commercialisation and enforcement, that will ensure the maximum value is obtained from your IP.

From our Madrid office, we can offer Spanish representatives to present European patents to the Spanish Patent Office. No matter which office whether in the UK, Germany or Spain, each individual you work with will not only has a vast knowledge of the law behind the case – but of the industry relevant to your patent requirements. As a leading IP patent firm, a patent attorney at Boult Wade Tennant can guide you through the full process of filing a patent, 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 protected against third parties. For consistent patent protection and reliability, view more information on patent renewals here. We have a track record of carrying out a successful patent protection service by successfully opposing or otherwise invalidating a third party’s patent, carrying out Freedom to Operate searches and other due diligence work.

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To quickly achieve IP registration, our firm can prepare and file applications for design registration directly at the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the International Bureau (WIPO) and at the Community Designs Office (EUIPO), and deal with all matters required to obtain registered design protection. Through our network of foreign associates we can secure design protection in all other countries where relevant laws exist.

We also advise on infringement, whether an infringement of our client’s rights by a third party or a possible infringement of a third party’s rights by our client. We have the depth of experience to offer advice on validity, which is often linked to infringement, and we have enviable success rates when we file and prosecute actions to invalidate third party design rights.

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Trade marks

We have the know-how and creativity to ensure that your valuable brand assets are looked after and commercialised to their fullest degree. If you’re looking for trademark protection, our trademark attorneys have the expertise to offer advice as well as act for you wherever you are based, deploying our extensive international experience and trusted global connections to provide a high-quality trademark protection service.

Our firm has market-leading experience before the UK Registry, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the International Bureau (WIPO) 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. Our Trade Mark attorneys are highly skilled and experienced negotiators in trademark law and trademark registration, 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 territories overseas and you might require a local representative. In addition to our offices in the UK and Germany as well as Boult Wade, S.L. in Spain, we have developed strong relationships with local IP firms throughout the world. Giving you peace of mind that your Trade Marks will only be handled by the highest-quality attorneys, selected by us for their values and reputation.

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IP support and advice

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 in this IP firm, we can offer a dynamic and agile service. The arrangement, size and structure of the support teams all contribute to making this IP firm one of the leading IP firms in Europe.

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.

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