150 Years and Counting

Author: Avi Freeman
Beck Greener News

Beck Greener traces its roots all the way back to 1867, when a man called William Henry Beck founded a patent firm in London, just a short walk from our present location.  Since this time, we have expanded in both size and scope, from a sole UK patent practitioner to a firm with over twenty full-time attorneys, between them offering a full range of IP prosecution, advice and litigation services to clients all over the world.  2017 marks our 150th Anniversary, which we will be celebrating throughout the year with a number of events and activities.

We are not the only ones with a sesquicentenary this year.  2017 also marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Joseph Lister publishing his landmark article in the Lancet on antiseptic surgery, Alfred Nobel patenting dynamite, the first ships passing through the Suez Canal, and the founding of institutions as diverse as the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, MA, and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in Yorkshire here in the UK.  Also in 1867, Nebraska became the 37th State of the US, Fyodor Dostoyevsky published The Gambler, and Vienna saw the first public performance of Strauss’s The Blue Danube.

Today’s world is very different from that of 1867 and we can only imagine what the likes of Alfred Nobel, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Johann Strauss II or indeed William Henry Beck would think if they were here to see it.  If they enquired, they would notice that the Canadian Confederation, the Suez Canal, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, and Beck Greener are all still going strong.  We are happy to be amongst such impressive company and we are sure that William Henry Beck would be pleased and proud that the firm he started has continued to grow and flourish.  We hope you will join us in celebrating our 150th Anniversary, and in looking forward to the next 150.

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