Barker Brettell

Barker Brettell is one of the United Kingdom’s largest IP providers – with 25 partners, 25 other fee earners and a large team of professional support staff specialising in IP portfolio strategy and management, clearance, prosecution, oppositions, cancellations and enforcement. The firm advises clients across the world on patents, trademarks, copyright, designs and related matters, including domain names, company names and customs issues. It is consistently praised for its pragmatic and commercially focused approach to client work, working closely and collaboratively with in-house legal teams when possible.

Trademark specialists

Barker Brettell has one of the largest trademark teams in the United Kingdom and has been recognised by a number of industry reports as a top UK and EU filer of trademarks. Due to its size, the firm provides significant resources to clients, as and when required, in the form of formal secondments, bridging team absences, holiday cover and on-site working to deliver a wide range of services.

Barker Brettell’s clients include large global corporates, foreign multinationals, FTSE 100 and 250 companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, and Russell Group universities. Barker Brettell provides trademark support and advice to Compass Group, Severn Trent, Renishaw, Wolseley, Marston’s, National Express, London Taxi Corporation and Warwick University, to name just a few. The firm is particularly experienced in handling large, global trademark portfolios for clients, many of which have more than 1,000 trademarks worldwide.

The firm is regularly involved in contentious matters, which have recently included high-profile High Court proceedings for Kohler Mira, Glee Club v Fox Entertainment, OSI and Musion. Barker Brettell also works with a number of US-based businesses, including Pearson Group, Bell Helicopters, International Flavors and Fragrances, and Bemis Company.

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

The firm’s attorneys have 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; IP audits and gap analysis; portfolio rationalisation; title and ownership issues; oppositions; cancellations; enforcement programmes; negotiation of settlement agreements; renewals; assignments and licensing; and watching services.


Barker Brettell’s UK and European patent attorneys have achieved the highest levels of qualification in a wide range of specialist technical backgrounds. Attorneys are assigned to the technology groups that represent their experience and knowledge in order to provide a tailored service which best suits the clients’ needs, with many of them also sector experts.

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

Barker Brettell has a specialist team of design rights experts which advises clients including global corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises on design-related matters. With much interplay between designs and other IP rights, the team consists of both trademark and patent attorneys who together provide robust and cost-effective design strategies.

Contact details

Barker Brettell
100 Hagley Road
Birmingham B16 8QQ
United Kingdom

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Birmingham
  • Cambridge
  • London
  • Munich
  • Nottingham
  • Southampton

Other recommended individuals at this firm