Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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“Boult Wade Tennant is an excellent, top-tier firm which is always responsive to requests. The quality of work is of the highest standard even when working to tight deadlines or with short notice. It has also been very innovative in devising a new fee structure based on a modern, streamlined approach to work, which saves time for both sides and enables significant reduction of costs.” With feedback like this coming in from clients, it is no wonder that Boult Wade Tennant continues to be considered one of the United Kingdom’s strongest patent prosecution outfits. It is also one of the largest – with 41 partners working across six offices internationally – meaning that no matter the technological niche, there is an expert on hand to help. The group has filed 2,500 European patent applications since 2021 and over 1,900 have been granted, which makes for an impressive rate of success. One recent highlight is its defence of Abbott in multiple EPO oppositions in relation to heart valve repair devices – dealing with this piece are Nick McLeish and Daryl Penny, both of whom sit within the high-technology and electrical group. Senior partner McLeish heads the group and has been a partner since 1995, working in areas from medical devices to nuclear physics, whereas physicist Penny counts the aerospace field and computer-implemented inventions among the many strings to his bow. Also in the high-technology group are Simon Kahn and Jonathan Palmer – communication systems expert Kahn “has very strong, adaptable technical skills in drafting complex cases, is highly knowledgeable on the law and provides solid strategic thinking when it comes to prosecution”; physics PhD Palmer meanwhile is known for his work at the interface of electronics and biotechnology. Heading up the biotechnology and life sciences group is Nina White – whose recent credits include devising the patent strategy of clinical stage biopharmaceutical company iTeos alongside deft portfolio manager Edward Ronan, who is a natural fit for the project thanks to his vaccine-related doctorate. Also in the biotechnology group is Matthew Spencer, whose knowledge of cutting-edge technical subject matter is a big help to burgeoning enterprises as well as global companies like Abcam, for which Boult Wade Tennant manages a portfolio of around 300 patent cases. Running the chemical and materials group is Adrian Hayes, a contentious ace who is known for attending around 20 hearings a year before the EPO. He is joined by Rohan Setna, Daniel Weston and Oliver Rutt. Setna is a similarly regular EPO advocate and an authority on semiconductors, while Weston is the one to go to for freedom-to-operate projects, having spoken at international conferences on the topic. Solid state chemistry boffin Rutt perfectly balances attention to detail with a big-picture approach, managing patent portfolios with finesse. The engineering and designs department includes Tessa Bucks and James Short – Bucks heads the group and splits her time between dispensing strategic and commercially minded advice and acting before the EPO, while Short has a combined academic background in computer science and engineering science, which comes in handy when fighting for multinationals in oppositions. Finally, dividing his days between patent and trademark work is Tony Pluckrose, an ally to start-ups in both the electrical and mechanical engineeringfields.

Firm Profile

Boult Wade Tennant is one of Europe’s leading IP firms, with established offices based in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. Since 1894 clients have trusted us with their most important asset, their intellectual property.

Choosing a new adviser is a big decision. Whatever the IP challenge, we have the team to help. We have over 90 patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and lawyers, spread across three European countries. We can therefore provide you with advice at both a European level and nationally in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. Whichever route you use to access our services – whether working through our UK, German or Spanish team – you will benefit from the same exceptional service levels underpinned by unique local knowledge and professional expertise. The firm is known internationally for its quality of communication, proactivity, creativity and high standards in all matters. The attorneys have broad-based technical knowledge and well-developed commercial acumen, and are creative in their approach.

The firm has four patent groups which are divided by technologies: biotechnology and life sciences; chemical and materials; engineering and designs; and hi-tech and electrical. The firm has a fifth group – the trademark and domain name group. The firm also has a range of professional in-house support functions, including a sizeable formalities and renewals department and a search department.

Our patents and designs groups have significant experience working with large corporate organisations, from banks to pharmaceutical companies. We also act for many smaller and medium-sized businesses, government bodies, academic institutions, research laboratories and individual inventors. The firm has handled hundreds of European Patent Office oppositions and appeals with an enviable success rate. All technical groups have extensive experience in drafting original patent specifications; managing IP portfolios; handling oppositions; and advising on infringement and enforcement matters. Boult Wade Tennant also offers a range of additional services, including providing freedom-to-operate opinions; carrying out IP due diligence exercises; recording assignments and licences; managing the transfer of large incoming portfolios; and providing patent searching services, competitor watching services, in-house renewals and translation services.

Our trademark and domain name team offer maximum efficiency and an effortless service to clients. They can act as a central point for all your brand protection, IP matters and data management. This includes providing strategic advice, assistance with planning and budgeting, brand evaluation, trademark clearance and filing, representation relating to contentious trademark and design matters, competitor analysis, IP intelligence, advice concerning licensing, IP audits and other services such as workflow management. We advise on the full spectrum of brand-related IP matters, which includes the contentious and non-contentious aspects of trademarks and brands, domain names, copyright, social media, designs and trade secrets. We provide advice on the acquisition of trademark-related IP rights, licensing agreements and distribution agreements, as well as copyright and unfair competition law; and we offer litigation support in the German courts and, at EU level, the General Court and the European Court of Justice.

We are a leading European award-winning IP firm with offices in Berlin, Cambridge, Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Reading. Visit our website (, follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter, or email us at [email protected] for further information about our world-class advice. Remember to sign up to our regular updates to keep on top of the latest IP developments.

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