The core of our practice is about obtaining and enforcing strong patents protecting the technical innovations that give you your competitive edge. We have long experience in preparing and successfully prosecuting patent applications across a very broad spectrum of technologies.

The business of pushing patent applications through to grant is bureaucratic, lengthy and often argumentative. Of course it’s our job to fight your corner but just as importantly we focus on making the process straightforward and manageable for you. That means being proactive. Officialdom will present us with problems. Wherever possible we will offer you solutions.

Where solutions are not possible we’re outspoken enough to tell you so. That comes with experience. 

Patent rights are limited by national borders whereas business is increasingly global. The planning and implementation of international patent filing strategies is another key area of expertise for us.

WARNING: almost any non-confidential disclosure you make of an invention prior to filing a patent application can prevent you from obtaining a valid patent. If a patent is to be sought then your invention must be kept confidential at least until an application is safely on file at a Patent Office.

Layman’s guide to patents

Our guide to the patent system for beginners

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Early stage advice

The most rewarding part of our job is meeting companies and individuals with exciting new ideas

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Disputes and Litigation

Enforcing intellectual property is very largely a matter for its owner (or in suitable circumstances their licensee).

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Supplementary Protection Certificates

A Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) is a mechanism for extending the term of a patent to compensate innovators for the delays caused by seeking marketing authorization

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Portfolio Management

Organisations with appreciable numbers of patents need a range of services, all of which we can provide

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Licensing and transactions

Patents and designs can be licensed to give others permission to use them, usually subject to a fee

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Hearings, oppositions, revocations and appeals

Oppositions and revocation actions are the forum for patents to be attacked

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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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