Number of partners: 28
Number of other fee-earners: 73
Total staff: 208
IT & Engineering: Ilya Kazi, Paul Cozens, Jane Clark
Life Sciences & Chemistry: Chris Hamer, Martin MacLean
Trade Marks: Gary Johnston, Margaret Arnott
THE FIRM Full-service intellectual property firm Mathys & Squire LLP works with its clients to maximise the value of their IP assets. The firm’s breadth of technical expertise and depth of professional experience are coupled with a determination to add commercial value. Mathys & Squire has a broad spread of clients, ranging from innovative start-ups, for which the firm’s experts assist at every stage of the business cycle, through to major UK and multinational corporations (many of whom are household names) on complex, high-value matters. The firm’s commitment to professional excellence and its technical expertise are valued by all clients. Through its creative approach, Mathys & Squire has a successful record of securing the grant of key patents and settling disputes on the best possible terms. Client companies without their own inhouse patent departments value the firm’s understanding of their business issues and the importance and value of their IP. Mathys & Squire enjoys excellent relationships with like-minded firms of associates from all over the world.
The firm’s 28 partners, six of counsels and 38 associates are assisted by a further 29 technical assistants at various stages of qualification and a team of 15 paralegals. This spread of expertise, operating across ten UK and European offices, enables the firm to deploy a team with the right skills and seniority at the right cost to deliver bespoke IP solutions and business advice to meet clients’ needs.
The firm’s core areas of expertise are:
■ Identifying intellectual property capable of protection by understanding the client’s technology and business objectives
■ Obtaining valuable patent, trade mark and design registrations through skilful drafting and powerful advocacy before the world’s patent and trade mark offices
■ Representing clients in disputes and contentious proceedings (especially those of the European Patent Office), drawing wherever necessary upon the expertise of fellow professionals
■ Facilitating the commercial exploitation of a client’s intellectual property by way of sale, licence or joint venture
■ Advising clients in relation to their intellectual property strategy and management of their IP portfolios
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Mathys & Squire offers a full range of services across patents, trade marks, designs and related intellectual property rights, both contentious and non-contentious. Its specialist teams cover a wide spectrum of sectors including IT, electronics, telecoms, life sciences, pharmaceuticals and chemistry. The firm’s experts have specific industry experience or advanced degrees in most relevant disciplines. The trade mark practice blends highly experienced prosecution services with portfolio management and enforcement skills.
Assignments for clients vary widely and include: strategic management of global patent and trade mark portfolios for major corporations; advising start-ups in relation to the creation and ownership of IP rights and their commercial exploitation; patent and trade mark prosecution, including oppositions and appeals, for major corporations; providing specialist European (EPO and OHIM) expertise to fellow professionals; working alongside solicitors and counsel in the UK, bringing to bear the firm’s complementary skills and experience; advising at CEO level on the role of IP rights in revenue generation and asset creation; finding paths through third-party patent, trade mark or other IP rights, including challenges to validity where appropriate; resolving disputes through various forms of ADR to litigation, whether as the lead firm or as part of a team; and bringing specialist IP skills to corporate finance, including due diligence.