At Schlich, we provide our clients with a unique and professional combination of technical knowledge and legal experience, coupled with a sensible and practical approach that reflects, and is tailored to, your commercial needs and resources.
We can draft and file new patent applications, prosecuting them to grant, while also advising on freedom-to-operate or infringement matters, or handling contentious proceedings (e.g. EPO oppositions and appeals). We can conduct pre-filing searches to advise on patentability and research strategies and help design and enforce your patent portfolio.
EPO Oppositions & appeals
Oppositions at the European Patent Office (EPO) are the only mechanism for central revocation of a European patent.
Consequently, oppositions can be important business tools which can be used to secure a competitive advantage, especially when invalidating a competitor’s patent. But you need to be well represented whether defending your rights or challenging those of the competition. Schlich has deep experience and a good success rate from both sides of these EPO proceedings.
We can file and prosecute your patent applications, have them searched and examined, and secure grant. Schlich can help you with assignment and transfer matters, inventorship issues, renewals and annuities, invalidity proceedings as well as SPCs.
We have experience of attending hearings and can present the best case for your business before the Hearing Officer.
The Unified Patent Court (UPC) provides a new opportunity for patent holders to obtain pan European relief for patent infringement. Likewise, the UPC offers a new mechanism for central revocation of a European patent beyond the EPO’s 9-month opposition period.
Building on our wealth of experience in contentious opposition proceedings before the EPO, the Schlich team is well-placed to act in connection with the wide range of actions possible before the UPC, infringement, revocation and declaration of non-infringement actions.
You can rely on Schlich’s extensive experience and wealth of knowledge in trade mark protection and enforcement to protect your brand.
We can assist with obtaining trade mark registrations by filing trade mark applications around the world. We also regularly assist clients in enforcing their trade mark rights and finding amicable solutions where trade mark infringement has been alleged.
Design protection is relatively quick and easy, and inexpensive. We urge our clients not to overlook this IP option; instead, we look at design registration as another business tool to defend your creativity and the products you have designed.
CHARTERED PATENT AND TRADE MARK ATTORNEYS
OUR PEOPLE AT SCHLICH
Our clients demand, and receive, a responsive, friendly, high quality and great value service thanks to our people and systems. Our UK and European Patent Attorneys and Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys have degrees and Ph.Ds from top UK Universities, but are qualified by experience at the coal face of cutting edge, and critically commercial, technologies.