Intellectual property

Intellectual property is the foundation that adds value to your business, from the brand name that attracts your customers, to the innovative products and designs that drive the business forward. Intellectual property can determine whether or not your business succeeds or fails.

We recognise that businesses often have limited budgets, and our goal is to enable our clients to maximise the return on their investment in intellectual property cost-effectively.

How we can help you

Our Intellectual Property team has expertise in a wide range of sectors including fashion, media and manufacturing. The team advises on commercialisation, strategy, and dispute resolution involving the following rights:

Christopher Rennie-Smith, formerly a partner in Collyer Bristow, thereafter a member of the EPO Boards of Appeal for 15 years, provides support to our IP Team in an Of Counsel capacity.

What our clients say

"Collyer Bristow LLP ‘combines a tenacious but analytical approach with excellent client-care skills’. The team acted for American Science & Engineering in patent infringement proceedings against Rapiscan concerning X-Ray scanning equipment used in security applications. Joe Cohen heads the four-partner team, which includes soft IP specialist Patrick Wheeler." Legal 500, 2016, Intellectual property

"I do not think that I could have been cared for, looked after and advised any better. You lifted me when I was down, you remained calm and objective at all times."

"Patrick, I cannot thank you and your team enough for looking after me so well. I would be happy at any time to recommend you and Collyer Bristow. I feel proud to say that Collyer Bristow are legal advisers to Timesource Limited." Nigel Woolley, Timesource Limited

"During all this time in your company I have learned how narrow is the margin between winning and not, just as it always is with racing.  Victory requires altogether excellence, stamina, self-confidence, attention to detail, zero mistake…  You [Tim Bamford] brought all these qualities to our defence team…” Jean Claude Migeot, Fondmetal Technologies S.r.l. 

"First, I would like to thank you both for the hospitality you showed me during my visit.  Second, I would like to tell you again that your efforts were greatly appreciated by our company.  Your professional and thorough manner was obvious." Rich Mastronardi, VP Business Development, American Science & Engineering Inc.

"At the very strong Collyer Bristow LLP, Joe Cohen leads a team that includes the impressive Patrick Wheeler and Tim Bamford, who displays expert knowledge and really cares about his clients. Wheeler advised Timesource as the claimant in a High Court and Court of Appeal passing off case and Bamford acted for American Science and Engineering in an infringement case."  Legal 500, 2015, Intellectual Property

The team was ranked in Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars 2016, with Tim Bamford recognised as a Patent Star and Patrick Wheeler and Karen Fong recognised as Trade Mark Stars.

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