Managing Partner: Paul Sanderson
Senior Partner: Harry Hutchinson
Number of Partners: 54
Assistant Solicitors: 7
Other fee earners: 116
THE FIRM Founded in 1995, HGF Ltd are one of Europe’s largest firms of IP specialists and second largest in the UK. The firm is one of only a few to offer a fully integrated IP solution, bringing over 160 Patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors together to provide a full-service 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 attorneys 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 firm’s 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.