Intellectual property lawyers and patent attorneys

At Birkett Long, our intellectual property lawyers and patent attorneys understand the importance of the identification and exploitation of your IP assets, keeping ahead of your competitors and developing your market offering.

Our IP team has breadth and depth of experience in:

  • Filing UK patent applications
  • Filing European patent applications
  • Euro-GB validation work
  • PCT applications
  • Patent applications worldwide
  • UK trade marks
  • European trade marks
  • International trade marks
  • Worldwide trade marks
  • Design registrations
  • UK design registrations
  • European design registrations
  • International design registrations
  • Worldwide design registrations
  • Unregistered IP rights such as copyright and passing off
  • IP disputes

As your business grows we can ensure that you have protection in place both in the UK and internationally. When the time comes, we can assist you in the enforcement of those rights.

Principally, the creation of IP assets is the creation of value. Birkett Long has experts on hand to help with the creation, realisation, maintenance and disposal of those assets, in order to help you maximise the value you can obtain from your ideas.

An idea can beget a patent application, which might be filed in the UK first, then subsequently elsewhere, either via the International Patent Application, which is formally known as the Patent Cooperation Treaty or “PCT”, or directly, in countries such the USA, China, Japan, India, or in regions such as Europe.

Likewise, a UK trade mark application can be used as a springboard for filing an international application (known as a “Madrid” or “Madrid Protocol” application) which can be used to cover up to 130 different countries, as an alternative to making individual filings in the USA, Europe or elsewhere.

Similarly, an international application (known as a “Hague” application) may be filed to cover a design registration, as well, as or instead of international filings in individual countries.

Birkett Long has a strong track record in getting patents, trade marks and design registrations granted all over the world and has applications pending and granted in well over a hundred different countries. We work for and have worked for some of the largest companies in the world, as well as numerous governmental departments.

Our IP lawyers, who have a wide range of qualifications, including attorney and solicitor qualifications, will guide you through the processes involved. Here are some of the issues we can assist you with:

Your brand and reputation are significant business assets. Our IP specialists in Essex (with offices in Basildon, Colchester and Chelmsford) London and Europe will help you to understand the different items of IP which may be appropriate to the operation of your business, whether you are a first-time inventor or a tech start-up business, whether you are scaling up and looking for some professional help with your expansion, either domestically or abroad, or you are well established and looking for a second opinion, or a competitive service.

Birkett Long’s lawyers have decades of experience in dealing with a variety of technical fields including; biotechnology, biochemistry, mechanical engineering, software and low-tech innovations.

If you have any questions about protecting your brand and reputation, please call the team on 01206 217620 for an initial consultation.


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