Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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Boult Wade Tennant is one of the country’s foremost prosecution shops, having filed more than 2,000 patent applications and attended some 100-plus EPO hearings in 2019. With 66 patent practitioners on deck, 27 of whom hold PhDs, it has the technical dexterity to handle instructions across all industries: in the past year alone, it assisted contract development and manufacturing organisation the Almac Group with global patent strategy; dispensed strategic advice to Caterpillar Inc; and appeared in oppositions on behalf of medical technology and healthcare giant Abbott. Oliver Rutt, Edward Ronan, Simon Kahn, Daryl Penny, Tessa Bucks, and James Short are among those making their debuts in the IAM Patent 1000 this year. Rutt is “client focused and conscientious, but also has a strong grasp of technology”. “His understanding of assembly materials, alloys and sintering powders sets him apart from his peers. He works with a sense of urgency, is very prompt when it comes to deadlines and is extremely meticulous.” Vaccinology PhD Ronan likewise earns warm plaudits: “His work is thorough, strategic and timely, and he works closely with clients in assessing different strategic approaches and offering valuable suggestions.” Another PhD, this time in electrical and electronic engineering, Kahn “has strong, adaptable technical skills in drafting, is highly knowledgeable on the law and provides solid strategic thinking on prosecution”. Working alongside him in the high-technology and electrical group, Penny is an experienced physicist who “displays the highest calibre of professionalism – he handles matters with the utmost care and competence, and performs technically complex work in a timely way”. Bucks heads the engineering and designs group and provides “outstanding patent drafting, EPO representation and advisory services”: “She has a deep understanding of the patent technology and presents ideas and arguments in a clear, coherent manner.” Computer science PhD Short on the other hand is “always attentive and explains all routes of action in great detail”: “Responsive, prompt and hospitable, he provides proactive feedback, allowing rights holders to further refine their approach and extract added value from their patents.” The above practitioners join a cadre of Boult Wade Tennant attorneys who make their return to the rankings for 2021. On the biotechnology and life sciences side, Nina White and Matthew Spencer are the names to note. White has a doctorate in molecular biology and focuses on therapeutic antibodies. Heading up the Cambridge biotechnology and life sciences group, Spencer is “extremely quick and thorough in familiarising himself with the patents in question and the prior prosecution details”: “His strategy, technical competence, diligence and eye for detail are exemplary.” At the helm of the high-technology and electrical group is chartered physicist Nick McLeish, who covers all angles both when acting before the EPO and when supporting in litigation: “Even in the most difficult situations he finds a solution, thanks to his creativity and technological understanding.” He is joined on the electronics side by physics PhD Jonathan Palmer, whose analysis of research programmes and advice on patentability are unerringly on point. Chemical and materials group head Adrian Hayes is a tireless advocate in oppositions and appeals, appearing in more than 20 in an average year. Working alongside him is materials science PhD Rohan Setna, who also knocks it out of the park in contentious scenarios: he recently prevailed for Koninklijke Dowe Egberts in a coffee-machine-related opposition against Nestlé. IP all-rounder Tony Pluckrose dives into the nitty-gritty of medical device, aerospace and oil industry engineering patents, while maintaining an equally successful trademark practice.

Firm Profile

Boult Wade Tennant LLP is a European IP, patent and trademark firm. It exists to help individuals and businesses protect, manage and enforce their IP rights on a global scale. It is a forward-thinking, dynamic and innovative firm that is considered by its peers and clients as being at the forefront of its practice areas.

Who we work with

Boult Wade Tennant looks after the multi-jurisdictional IP issues of major industrial and commercial companies worldwide, as well as portfolio management for a wide range of small and medium-sized enterprises, academic institutions, and independent research and development organisations. 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.

What we do

The firm has 48 patent experts, including partners, and patent professionals spread across our UK and European offices. The patent groups are divided by technologies: biotechnology and life sciences; chemical and materials; engineering and designs; and hi-tech and electrical.

The groups provide legal advice, technical expertise and subject knowledge, to help protect and enforce IP rights in markets across the world. The firm has handles European Patent Office oppositions and appeals with a high success rate. All technical groups have extensive experience in drafting original patent specifications, prosecution, IP portfolio management, handling oppositions and advising on infringement. 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 worldwide, managing the transfer of large incoming portfolios, patent searching services, competitor watching services and in-house renewals.

A European firm

In addition to our four offices in the United Kingdom, we have offices in Berlin and Frankfurt in Germany, as well as Boult Wade SL in Madrid, Spain. Being one of the largest European attorney firms means that we have the breadth and depth of expertise to enable us to handle any sector or scientific field. It also means we can draw upon a wide pool of resources, giving us the ability to match the most economical and appropriate level of experience to a job. Having large teams means we can be flexible in our approach and work to clients’ deadlines, often at short notice. Our teams find unexpected solutions to our clients’ most challenging problems by thinking creatively, and we can help to design global patent strategies that will maximise the value of your IP across borders.

A responsible business

We are committed to running our business is an ethical and socially responsible way. We want to make a positive contribution to the communities we operate in. We recognise that our activities impact on the environment and we work hard to ensure our actions and buying process minimise waste and are as environmentally friendly as we can be. We have partnered with the Sutton Trust, an organisation that advocates social mobility through summer and university lead programmes in order to open up the profession to all. Our diversity and inclusion committee has enabled these topics to become part of our culture, and we aim to create a positive working environment where everyone feels included and appreciated.

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