About Us

The firm of Bartle Read is young and dynamic, its attorneys highly experienced and knowledgeable

Robin Bartle and David Read have both spent the better part of two decades as patent attorneys in private practice helping a hugely diverse range of clients from the smallest start-ups to the very largest multinationals to obtain the best possible value from their innovations.


David Read

Owner & Director

David is a European patent attorney, chartered UK patent attorney and a patent attorney litigator with nearly two decades' experience in the profession. David handles work in the life science, chemical and mechanical engineering fields including medical devices, therapeutics (both traditional pharmaceuticals and biomolecules), biopolymers, nutraceuticals, encapsulation, diagnostics and stem cell technologies.  

Prior to joining the patent profession, David worked for a multi-national organisation gaining valuable insight into the challenges faced by industry and understands at first hand the need to balance any IP strategy with the commercial aims and budget of a business. David is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, providing validity and freedom-to-operate opinions and advising on a range of intellectual property matters. He is also experienced in representing clients in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO). David has acted for a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from large multinational companies to SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs, universities and associated spin-out companies.

David is co-chair of the international sub-committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) biotechnology committee.

David is a frequent speaker at events and has presented at international intellectual property conferences. David is also a speaker at Fleming Europe’s Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Litigation training course.

Legal 500 recognises David as providing "very thorough, intelligent advice”.

David's Technical Expertise

David Read

Robin Bartle

Owner & Director

Twenty years of practice as a patent attorney, twelve of them as an equity partner at his last firm, have given Robin broad technical knowledge, solid legal experience and a strong commercial focus. His areas of practice include electrical and electronic engineering, computing, mechanical – and especially automotive – engineering and green technologies.

Robin has dealt with patent strategy, filing, prosecution and enforcement for clients ranging from start-ups to the largest multinationals. He is experienced in the management of large international filing programmes and patent portfolios and in handling a range of contentious matters including oppositions and appeals at the EPO.

He also has a particular interest in designs, having co-written the Community Designs Handbook and successfully managed numerous disputes in this area.

Robin's Technical Expertise

Robin Bartle

Free consultation

We are always happy to meet potential clients by appointment to discuss their requirements and to determine whether we are able to assist them, without any commitment as to cost.

This is subject of course to our availability and may not apply if it is necessary for us to travel to your premises. This offer is normally extended once to any individual or organisation.

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Our charges are made up of (a) a charge for the time of the patent attorney and (b) fixed charges for certain specific services. For example a fixed charge is made upon filing a new UK patent application.

There are also various disbursements that we need to incur on your behalf, including official fees payable to Patent Offices and the professional fees of overseas law firms handling any foreign applications that you make. These disbursements are of course passed on to you.

Terms of Business

These provide the formal basis for our working relationship with all clients, so do please read them and raise any issues with us.

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Working with us

We know the law but it’s you that best understands your technology and your market. Strong patents that serve your commercial goals are typically the result of a close and lasting collaboration between patent attorney and client. Client relationships are all important to Bartle Read and in order to foster them we are:


 …in the way that we work with you. Lines of reporting should be set up for your convenience, not ours.


We will often need you to take decisions or to give technical input, but in matters of patent law it is always us that should be proposing solutions to problems.

Plain Spoken

Patents and patent law are ridden with jargon but it’s our job to make sense of it for you, not to bamboozle you with it.
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Bartle Read
Liverpool Science Park
131 Mount Pleasant
Liverpool L3 5TF
United Kingdom

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