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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Practical tips for UK and EU design registrations in view of the UK Trunki decision
In the wake of the UK Supreme Court's Trunki decision, designers may now be questioning the value of registered designs to protect their products in the UK.  However, during a panel discussion at...
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UK Patent Box to be Revised

The UK Patent Box has enjoyed a good level of success.  According to the UK Government, by mid 2015 over 639 companies had used it and received a benefit totaling £335,000,000.  

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European patents to cover Moldova from 1 November 2015
A validation agreement has been reached between the European Patent Office and the Republic of Moldova.  The entry into force of the validation agreement with Moldova means that, as of 1 November...
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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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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 continuing to sponsor the TechCityinsider programme for 2016-2017.

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/




London Tech Week 2016

We are offering free confidential meetings lasting up to one hour with a qualified patent or trade mark attorney to discuss how to protect ideas and businesses and how best to add value to a venture. We will provide preliminary advice, advise you on what you can do to help yourself in the first instance, and where appropriate advise you on whether you should seek more formal advice. 

For further details and to book a place, please see:


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INTA 2016

John Reddington will be attending INTA in Orlando in May 2016.

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BIO 2016

Katherine Ellis will be attending the 2016 BIO meeting in San Francisco between 6 and 9 June.

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Trade Marks in the European Union: Important Changes to Classification of Goods and Services

For many years the “class headings” of the Nice classification system have been considered to cover all goods or services included in the class, even where this appeared counter-intuitive. The IP…

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…