Managing Partner: Jan Walaski
Number of partners: 25
Other fee earners: 60
Chemical & Life Sciences: Sian Gill
Electronics: Jan Walaski
Engineering: Ian Grey
Legal: James Tumbridge
Trade Marks: David Birchall
THE FIRM Venner Shipley is a prominent full-service international intellectual property firm, uniquely with a leading team of patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers, providing a complete IP service to its client base. The firm, based in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Manchester and Munich, works with clients from a variety of industry sectors ranging from major domestic and international corporations, to SMEs, universities and individual inventors at the forefront of technology and innovation.
PATENTS The firm’s patent attorneys regularly provide pioneering advice on the specialist subjects that they have expertise in, and can advise on, for example, obtaining patent protection, potential patent infringement (whether the firm’s clients are asserting their rights or defending), challenging third parties’ patent rights on behalf of clients, and defending clients’ rights against such challenges. The firm has extensive experience in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, and can also represent clients before the German Patent Office through the firm’s Munich office.
TRADEMARKS The firm’s dedicated trade mark team is composed of chartered trade mark attorneys, solicitors and barristers, bringing together a breadth of experience and skills to help clients protect and enforce their rights. The firm’s trade mark team is equipped to advise SMEs to large corporations, often acting as an extension of their in-house team.
LEGAL In addition to the firm’s patent and trade mark prosecution services, clients can draw upon Venner Shipley’s full-service offering, including a legal team. When called upon, the legal team is on hand to work alongside the firm’s patent and trade mark attorneys to advise on, for example, patent and trade mark enforcement, data protection, copyright, confidentiality agreements, and licences. If the issue of litigation ever arises, the firm’s legal team of solicitors and barristers can handle and manage the situation for clients. Venner Shipley’s legal team also boasts particular expertise in government relations and electoral law.