Barker Brettell LLP

Barker Brettell LLP has built a reputation for providing pragmatic and straight-forward IP portfolio strategy and management. We know that your ideas mean the world to you. Our specialist IP legal services are tailored to give you the best protection today and tomorrow. Whether your world involves brands, ideas, innovations, designs, trade secrets or business solutions, our experts can help you protect these valuable IP assets so your business can succeed. As one of the United Kingdom’s largest specialist IP providers, we have 25 partners and 59 fee earners in total, backed by a large, experienced support team.

Headquartered in Birmingham and with offices in London, Nottingham, Southampton and more recently Stockholm, we work with a diverse range of clients, from entrepreneurs, start-ups and spin-outs, universities and public sector organisations, through to small and medium-sized enterprises and multinational corporates with global IP portfolios. Our Stockholm office enables us to provide a consistent and seamless service post-Brexit.

The firm also advises clients on patent drafting, filing, prosecution and opposition, as well as copyright and design issues, domain names and customs issues.

A sector-focused approach

We overlay our technical knowledge with a sector-focused approach, built up from our years of experience. We have a particular focus on the automotive, aerospace, computing and software, consumer goods, energy, food and drink, medical, higher education and public sectors.

We have large in-house renewals and records teams that offer clients an efficient and reliable service with individual attention and tailored services. As a result, Barker Brettell LLP is consistently praised for its proactive and pragmatic approach to client work.

Trademark specialists

Barker Brettell LLP has one of the largest trademark teams in the United Kingdom. Its client portfolio includes FTSE 100 companies such as Compass Group, Severn Trent and Wolseley; several FTSE 250 businesses, including National Express; and other leading brands, such as Grenade, Match and Autoglym.

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

Our attorneys have a wealth of knowledge in registering trademarks in the United Kingdom and Europe, acting directly before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the EU Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

The team provides the full spectrum of trademark services, including IP strategy; searching, filing and prosecuting applications; oppositions; cancellations; enforcement programmes; the negotiation of settlement agreements; renewals; assignments and licensing; domain name issues; internet takedown actions; customs and excise actions; due diligence exercises; portfolio management; and counterfeiting issues.


The patent team has a large UK client base, featuring annually in the top five firms of UK patent attorneys based on the number of UK patents filed for applicants. We file approximately 600 European patents every year across a wide range of sectors. Our attorneys come from a vast array of specialist technical backgrounds and have a particular strength and depth in the following areas: physics and materials; computers, artificial intelligence and electronics; mechanical engineering; life sciences and chemistry; nanotechnology; and astronomy.

Designs and copyright

Barker Brettell LLP stands out as having a specialist team of design rights experts who advises clients, including global corporations and small and medium 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 strategies for design protection.

Contact details

Barker Brettell LLP
100 Hagley Road
Birmingham B16 8QQ
United Kingdom

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • London
  • Munich
  • Nottingham
  • Southampton
  • Stockholm

Sample client list

  • Bell Helicopters
  • Kohler Mira
  • Malvern Panalytics
  • Mastercard
  • Oxford University Innovation
  • Severn Trent Water Limited
  • University of Nottingham