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Understanding Patent Law

As one of London’s leading firms for intellectual property law, we are fluent in the intricacies and nuances of patent law. We have extensive experience defending and prosecuting patent infringement claims, and we can help monetise your patent with bespoke licence agreements.

You can file a patent for many types of new, technical inventions. The criteria for obtaining a patent in the UK are that the invention must be new, incorporate an inventive step, be capable of industrial application, and not fall into one of the excluded categories.

The patent application process is complicated — just one in twenty applicants get a patent without professional help. It’s also expensive. With professional help, applications typically cost upwards of £5,000 but may be significantly more costly depending on the work involved. Plus, from start to finish, the process to file a patent application can take up to five years.

With all that in mind, the decision to embark on patenting to protect your product needs careful consideration. Briffa can guide you as to whether patenting is the right decision for your business in the context of all other options available, and we can work with specialist patent attorneys to get your application underway.

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Client Testimonial

“Briffa have represented my company on three separate occasions, each time a success. I will never use another IP solicitor. Great people, great company!”

– Alan van Kleef, Client

Our Patent Services

We offer a range of patent services to suit your needs, covering everything from simple consumer products to complex software and biotech patents. Fees are fixed for each stage, allowing you to budget and spread the cost.

Our patent solicitors work closely with associate patent attorneys to ensure an integrated, thought-through strategy and approach to identify and protect what is valuable, preserve your market edge and avoid wasting resources on getting a patent just because you can.

We can help you with the following…

Patent Strategy

We’ll help you decide on a sustainable and valuable patent strategy. A well-formed strategy is crucial as it can help your business protect its interests. In addition, it should be tailored to the needs and objectives of the company in question – meaning every strategy is unique.

Typically, a strategy covers the “if, what, when, where and how” of patents.

Patent Application & Filing

If your product or invention is suitable for a patent, we can work with our patent attorney associates to help you with every aspect of the patent application process.

Filing a strong application with the UK Intellectual Property Office is paramount to your prospects of successfully obtaining a patent. As such, we highly recommend seeking legal advice and support from an experienced patent attorney.

Licensing & Joint Ventures

For those looking to monetise their patented technology through partnerships, we can help you implement patent licensing agreements or set up a joint venture.

Patent licensing can help take your invention to market through a chosen third party (or third parties). Alternatively, a joint venture allows businesses to share patents and other assets through a new company established solely for the venture.

Infringement & Protection

Our patent lawyers can help you protect your “know-how” and stop your trade secrets from being stolen, copied or leaked.

In addition, our team can identify companies that are infringing your patents and take effective enforcement action in the High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Why choose Briffa?

We have been providing patent services since 1995
We offer a free consultation to discuss your patent requirements before any fixed fee quotes are given
We have offices in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Malta
We offer an industry leading service with short turnaround times and business-focused advice

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a patent?

A patent is a legal right of ownership granted to the inventor of a new product or service, protecting the owner from unlicensed or unpermitted use of the invention.

In the UK, patents are granted by the UK Intellectual Property Office for up to 20 years, with the initial application process usually taking four years.

Why are patents important?

Obtaining a patent for an invention is important as it provides strong legal protection against the theft, copying, manufacturing, or selling of your invention without permission.

This means you have the exclusive rights to the use of your new invention for the period of time covered by the patent, allowing you to monetise in a way that suits your objectives with much less pressure from competitors.

Can I file a patent in Europe?

Since 1978, it has been possible to file a European patent application to obtain a patent that may take effect in a number of countries. A European patent can be an easier and cheaper alternative to obtaining individual national patents in the member countries of the European Patent Convention (EPC). Members of the EPC are not necessarily members of the European Union (EU), although all current members of the EU are members of the EPC.

Who do you typically work with?

We have helped many clients across a diverse range of disciplines with patents. From consumer electronics to artificial intelligence, whatever your sector we can help to protect your work and ensure it pays off. Some of the most common industries we advise include:

  • Consumer electronics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Smart fashion, like wearable electronics
  • Environmental technology
  • Software & hardware, such as complex systems for delivery of services or electronics

Meet Our Team

Meet some of our specialist patent lawyers who can assess your legal matters and advise on the best solution for you.

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For a FREE, no-obligation quote just fill in the form below and someone from our team will be in touch within one working day to discuss your requirements.

Key Practice Areas

Briffa’s highly trained team can assist you with a wide range of legal issues, from fixed-fee trade mark and design applications to dealing with IP disputes and drafting contracts. Contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange your free legal assessment.

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What Our Clients Say

Briffa has served hundreds of satisfied clients across a broad range of sectors since our creation in 1995. We’re proud to be leading intellectual property solicitors, but don’t just take our word for it
— here’s what our clients have to say.

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