Academic Institutions


Over the years our patent attorneys have worked with a number of universities both in the UK and overseas on protection and commercialisation of their research work and we feel that we know the requirements and challenges of this particular environment especially well.

Our perception is that in the past decade many UK universities have been on a journey with regard to exploitation of their intellectual assets and have deepened their understanding of the challenges involved.

Intellectual property is necessary in bridging the gap between great science and successful commercial enterprise, and of course as patent attorneys we have not lost a sense of the excitement involved in scientific discovery and engineering creativity, but intellectual property is a commercial tool and it has to earn its keep. We recognise the importance of sensible budgeting, of achievable commercial objectives, and – in the current climate – of old fashioned value for money.

Commercial projects in this sector work when they manage to harness the genius and enthusiasm of creative academics to the drive and commercial nous of industry. The patent attorney has to see both perspectives and give plain, direct advice to all concerned.

We have the experience to do that.

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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