United Kingdom: England Barker Brettell

Barker Brettell is one of the United Kingdom’s largest IP providers – with 23 partners, 26 other fee-earners and a large team of professional support staff specialising in IP portfolio strategy and management, clearance, prosecution, oppositions, cancellations and enforcement. It advises clients across the world on patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and related matters such as domain names, company names and customs issues.

With one of the biggest trademark teams in the industry, the firm was named the United Kingdom’s second largest filer of both UK and EU trademarks in the Institute of Trademark Attorneys’ “Top 100 UK Trademark Filers” and “Top 100 Community Trademark Filers” 2015 reports. Barker Brettell’s attorneys have extensive experience and expertise in working with the differing and overlapping IP rights that exist in the United Kingdom and internationally, as recognised by its number one ranking for Community registered design filings by Patent Seekers. This global experience enables the company to give tailored, commercially focused advice on registered designs, unregistered design rights and copyright, as well as on infringement and enforcement issues relating to these rights.

The company also files around 600 European patents every year across a wide range of sectors. Patent Seekers listed Barker Brettell as the fourth largest patent and Community trademark filer and a top 10 European Patent Office filer, both for UK applicants.

Trademark specialists

Barker Brettell’s trademark clients include FTSE 100 businesses such as Compass Group, Severn Trent and Wolseley; several FTSE 250 clients, including Marston’s and National Express; and other leading brands such as AGA Rangemaster, London Taxi Corporation and Autoglym.

Several members of the trademark team are sector specialists with extensive experience in the medical, food and drink, university and higher-education and automotive sectors.

The firm has a wealth of knowledge in registering trademarks in the United Kingdom, Europe and most countries worldwide. Attorneys act directly before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the EU Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and elsewhere through a global network of trademark specialists who are selected for their cost-effective, high-quality client service. The team advises clients on IP strategy; searching, filing and prosecution of applications; oppositions; cancellations; enforcement programmes; negotiation of settlement agreements; renewals; assignments and licensing.


Barker Brettell’s trademark team works closely with the firm’s patent department, bringing together UK and European patent attorneys who have both legal and technical backgrounds. It recognises that brands are fundamental to the success of many businesses, helping them to capitalise on the value that they bring. The company’s patent attorneys are assigned to the technology groups that represent their experience and knowledge in order to provide a tailored service.

Patent services include pre-filing advice and patentability searches, landscape searching, drafting of applications for new inventions, filing and prosecution of patent applications, advice on contentious issues, freedom-to-operate opinions, transactional work relating to licensing and IP-related due diligence.

Designs and copyright

Today, there is considerable interaction between designs and trademarks. Barker Brettell therefore advises clients on the interplay between these two areas and works with clients to optimise the scope of available IP protection in an efficient and cost-effective way. The firm can provide a fully outsourced, single point-of-contact solution to manage the entire brand protection programme for the client, making decisions on the matters and issues which arise on a day-to-day basis.

Contact details

Barker Brettell
100 Hagley Road
Birmingham B16 8QQ
United Kingdom

E: info@barkerbrettell.co.uk
T: +44 121 456 0000
F: +44 121 456 1368
W: www.barkerbrettell.co.uk

Professional contacts

Catherine Wiseman, Partner
E: catherine.wiseman@barkerbrettell.co.uk

Sarah Lait, Partner
E: sarah.lait@barkerbrettell.co.uk

Tracy Arch, Partner
E: tracy.arch@barkerbrettell.co.uk

Other offices

Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Malvern, Munich, Nottingham, Southampton

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