Williams Powell

British and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

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Williams Powell

11 Staple Inn
United Kingdom

T: +44 207 242 7005

F: +44 207 242 7115

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Recent News:

USA and Japan join International Design System
The United States of America and Japan have joined the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, a system that provides a cost-effective way of registering industrial desi...
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Politics Stalling Implementation of the European Unitary Patent
When the EU parliament approved the Unitary Patent legislation in December 2012, some (including ourselves) optimistically said we may see Unitary Patents granted as early as the middle of 2014.  ...
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Morocco recognises European patents as national patents
From 1 March 2015, anyone filing a European patent application will be able to request validation for Morocco. European applications and patents validated for Morocco will have the same legal effect a...
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European Patents - Norway Accedes to London Agreement
On 26 September 2014, Norway acceded to the London Agreement, waiving the requirement for a full translation of a European patent on grant as long as the patent is granted in English.  A Norwegia...
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We are a full service IP practice of Patent and Trade Mark attorneys based in London in the UK. We support clients throughout the entire life cycle of Intellectual Property rights.  We are experienced litigators and regularly represent clients before UK Courts, at the European Patent Office, OHIM and before UKIPO tribunals. 

We specialise in successfully obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights for clients, ranging from multinationals, SMEs, start-ups and private inventors. The firm is expert in all aspects of UK and European patent, trade mark and design law, with notable technical expertise in medical devices, computing and software and pharmacology.

We are frequently selected over other firms due to the manner in which we provide a cost effective marriage of our expertise with advice and services relevant to the business needs of our clients.

We don't believe "one size fits all" and are willing to tailor our services to meet the needs and business requirements of the client. 


Williams Powell sponsors TechCityinsider

We are pleased to be sponsoring the TechCityinsider programme for 2015-2016.

Over the coming year we will be working with the team at TechCityinsider to improve IP awareness of startups.

Our first of a series of articles on IP issues faced by startups has been published by TechCityinsider and can be found at http://www.techcityinsider.net/why-intellectual-property-matters-for-startups/



Opinions on Validity of UK Patents – UKIPO given revocation powers

Once a patent has been granted it can usually only be challenged through formal litigation in the Courts or at the Intellectual Property Office, which is expensive, time consuming and stressful. In…

EU Unitary Patent

EU Unitary Patent Summary By a large majority, the EU Parliament on 11 December 2012 voted to approve legislation that enables implementation of the Unitary Patent, a single EU-wide (well almost)…

Changes to IP Enforcement in the UK

The Patents County Court (“PCC”) was established in 1990 to provide small to medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) with an alternative, lower cost forum to the Patents Court, a branch of the Chancery…

Barking mad? EU General Court dilutes protection afforded by composite marks

A recent decision of the General Court of the European Union sheds lights on the scope of protection for trade marks consisting of words and pictorial devices. A trade mark may consist of or include…