Managing Partner: Paul Sanderson
Senior Partner: Harry Hutchinson
Number of partners: 60
Number of assistant solicitors: 6
Number of other fee earners: 145
THE FIRM HGF Ltd is one of Europe’s largest firms of IP specialists with 21 offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With 60 partners and over 150 specialist IP attorneys and solicitors, the firm is one of only a few to offer clients a fully integrated IP solution. Whilst the firm has a strong group of technologies based strategic business units covering chemistry, engineering, electronics and life sciences it is its approach to servicing industries and the breadth and depth of attorney experience and expertise that sets the firm apart from its competitors.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm has multi-disciplinary teams of experts working in automotive, cleantech, computing and software, energy, food and drink, graphene, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, packaging, retail and fashion and healthcare. Main areas of practice include: patent drafting, filing and prosecution, trade marks, design rights, copyright, oppositions and appeals, IP litigation, IP strategy, IP due diligence, freedom to operate (FTO), supplementary protection certificates (SPC), and IP contracts and licensing.
KEY CLIENTS HGF is proud to work with a wide range of clients from spin-outs to the world’s biggest corporations, the most prestigious educational institutions and even Nobel Prize-winning innovators. Clients include Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Cancer Research Technology, Fresh Trading Limited, Mayborn Group, The University of Manchester, Smith & Nephew, Specsavers.
INTERNATIONAL HGF are one of a few firms who have mapped out reciprocity across the globe and have a clear strategy for growing international work, targeting USA, India, Korea and China with focused activities.
HGF CONNECTIONS APAA, FICPI, AIPPI, AIPLA, IPLA, BIO USA, BIO KOREA, BIO JAPAN, BIO EUROPE, INTA, MIP, NEPIC, IDDST, AMERICAN BAR.
LANGUAGES As a global firm with a European base HGF appreciates the need to communicate with its clients. As such within the firm speaks: Chinese, German, French, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Greek, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Twi, Kyrepong, Ga, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian, Cantonese, Polish, Gaelic, Arabic, Hindi and Bengali.
RECRUITMENT As a growing firm HGF are always looking for talented new people to join. HGF wants to make sure its professionals and support staff are developing their career whilst working with the firm. It offers networking and training events and have a dedicated training budget for all trainees starting a career with HGF as professionals or support staff.