OUR EXPERTISE

We have over 15 years’ experience in the filing and prosecution of patent applications, registered designs and trademarks. Our team has worked with the patent offices of the UK and Europe directly, and with foreign associates in the USA, China, Japan and others, in filing and prosecuting patent applications. We work in high tech areas such as electronics, optics, communications, image processing and radar, and in less high-tech, but still innovative areas such as mechanical systems and devices.

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    MECHANICS

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    MEDICAL DEVICES

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    ELECTRONICS

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    SENSORS

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    OPTICS & IMAGING

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    COMMUNICATIONS

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    SIGNAL PROCESSING

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    AND OTHERS

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    PATENTS

    A patent can be used to protect the novel and inventive features of devices, systems, processes, and new materials. Thus, it is able to protect not only a particular embodiment but also other embodiments that may work in a similar way. It is thus able to provide broad protection around a design or process. To get a patent, a detailed description of the idea must be produced, which also has a definition of the invention within it, in the form of a set of claims. The document is filed at patent offices of interest and is then examined for novelty and inventiveness with the help of a search, and if successful, is then granted. Because of the complexity of the application, search and examination process, it can take several years to obtain. The life of a patent is a maximum of 20 years from the date of filing.

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    REGISTERED DESIGNS

    Where patents protect an underlying idea, a registered design instead protects the appearance of an object. This may be the shape and configuration, pattern or ornamental design of the object. In the UK and Europe, applications are relatively straightforward to make, and of relatively low cost, as there is a minimal examination process. The life of a registered design in Europe is a maximum of 25 years.

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    TRADEMARKS

    A trademark is used to distinguish the goods or services of one company from another. Thus, it may comprise of a name, phrase, or logo. A registered trademark may be obtained, through a generally relatively quick registration process that helps to stop others from using the same or similar mark for their own good and services, where those goods and services are similar to those of the trademark owner. The registration process includes a search of existing trademarks, and where a potential conflict is found, then the application may need to be amended, or may be refused altogether.

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