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Senior partner: Nick McLeish
Managing partner: John Wallace
Number of partners: 36
Number of other fee-earners: 65

Hi-tech & Electrical:
Nick McLeish
Engineering & Designs: Tessa Bucks
Biotechnology & Life Sciences:
Dr Nina White
Chemical & Materials:
Dr Rohan Setna
Trade Mark & Domain Name:
John Wallace

THE FIRM Boult Wade Tennant is a specialist patent and trade mark firm. It exists to help individuals and businesses protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property rights on a global scale. The firm 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 works as a team no matter where desks may be, to help clients with their IP needs. Its multilingual staff are based in the UK, Spain and Germany. They offer deep client and industry sector knowledge. At the forefront of IP they combine local expertise with commercial acumen and consistently offer creative solutions to meet the most complex challenges.

Established in 1894, 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 fifth group is the trade mark and domain names group. The firm also has a range of professional in-house support functions, including a sizeable renewals department and a search department. Additionally, the attorneys play an important role in shaping UK, European and International IP Law through their active participation in numerous industry bodies.

Hi-tech & Electrical:
Engineering & Designs:
Biotechnology & Life Sciences:
Chemical & Materials: 14%
Trade Mark & Domain Names: 25%

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Boult Wade Tennant’s market-leading patent groups provide expert industry advice, technical expertise and subject knowledge, to help protect and enforce IP rights in markets across the world. The firm has handled several hundred European Patent Office oppositions and appeals with a high success rate. All technical groups have extensive experience in drafting original patent specifications, evaluations of rights, IP portfolio management, handling oppositions, 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 worldwide, managing the transfer of large incoming portfolios, patent searching services, competitor watching services, in-house renewals and translation services.

The highly regarded trade mark group assists in the selection, protection, management and enforcement of trade marks and in domain name disputes, and advises on copyright and other IP issues for high-profile brands, most notably in the retail, food and drinks, events, finance, travel, telecommunication, sports merchandising, media, heritage and theatre sectors. The group is among those filing the most community trade marks in Europe and has amassed much experience before the UK Registry and internationally at the European Union Trade Marks Office (EUIPO) in overcoming objections, successfully prosecuting and defending oppositions, and prosecuting appeals. The group also continually handles complex opposition, invalidity and revocation proceedings before the UKIPO, and has significant expertise in rebranding programmes and in providing litigation support in High Court and EU-level litigation to long-term clients of the firm.