Why do clients choose Beck Greener for their intellectual property needs? More importantly, since many of our clients have been with us for over 40 years, why do they stay with us for so long?
What they tell us is that one key reason why they value their relationship with us is that we act as an extension to their team, working hard to solve problems for them and with them. They can brainstorm with us, call us for advice and, above all, know that our advice will always be commercial and in their best interests.
We pride ourselves not just on advising on the technicalities of the law, but using our in-depth legal knowledge to offer solutions that work for our clients. Our advice is focused, practical and commercially aware, and tailored to the specific business issues a client is facing and the market in which they operate.
Clients also tell us that they value our commitment to providing a personal, friendly and responsive service, whatever the issue. We will assist you from before an application is filed, through to when rights are granted, and beyond. Our patent and trade mark teams work hard to understand your commercial and legal requirements so that we can bring our expertise to bear to help you solve your IP challenges. A single partner, or a small team of partners and attorneys, works closely with each client to allow us to fully understand your business and its IP.
Whatever your sector, or the size and stage of your business, we have someone with the experience and expertise to help. We work with a wide range of clients, from major multinationals, through smaller and medium-sized businesses, to individual inventors and sole traders across all sectors and technologies. So whatever issues you are facing, we would be delighted to discuss them and happy to assist with your IP needs.
Beck Greener is “an exceptional firm which delivers the best for each client, from application to potential disputes.”
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Read more below about how we help a wide range of clients:
Corporates & multinationals
Our multinational clients own enormous portfolios of trade marks and patents. These are hugely valuable, but managing them can be challenging. Not only must registered rights be maintained and unregistered rights investigated, but infringing products need to be tracked down and taken off the market. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a flexible extension to your own in-house team that you can call upon for anything from portfolio management support to complex litigation.
We work closely with a wide range of corporate and multinational clients to help them protect and exploit their IP rights, often acting as an adjunct to their team. Our attorneys have earned the trust of world-leading corporate entities across a broad range of highly competitive sectors, including media, entertainment, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, engineering, technology, life sciences, cosmetics, packaging and many more. We also help with enforcement and dispute resolution in addition to our prosecution and portfolio management work.
Overseas law firms
We have established close and longstanding relationships with many overseas law firms and work with leading patent and trade mark attorneys across the world. We have built so many close relationships because our aim is always to help them to help their clients, by providing the same level of pragmatic advice, quickly and efficiently, that we provide to all of our clients. That is why the overseas IP attorneys we work with trust us to advise them honestly and robustly and help them to obtain IP protection for their clients in the UK and Europe.
This valuable relationship works in two ways: that is by building close ties with leading attorneys across the world we find that we can equally rely on their advice when guiding our UK and European clients who are seeking to protect their IP rights in other territories.
Start-ups, small to medium enterprises (SMEs) & entrepreneurs
When starting a technology-based business your intellectual property is often your greatest asset, so protecting your innovation and creativity should be an integral part of any successful business strategy. The availability or otherwise of different IP rights can have a fundamental bearing on the technology you develop, the aesthetic product designs you create, the company names, brand names, logos and artwork you use, as well as your other business activities.
In order to defend your rights and maximise your protection, you need a clear direction and a well-formed strategy. At Beck Greener, we have a longstanding track record of assisting clients at all stages in the development of their business, all the way from the initial spark of an idea to becoming a full-blown SME. We understand the pitfalls and opportunities facing technology start-ups and have considerable experience, not only of research and product/service development, but also the commercial realities of bringing new inventions, products and services to market. Our experts can provide advice to help you obtain robust commercial protection for your innovations within a cost-effective framework appropriate to your business.
We offer a free initial consultation to help you gain a clearer understanding of the IP rights you may be able to obtain, and to formulate a strategy for putting protection in place.
University & technology transfer organisations
Many of the brightest and most exciting new companies in the technology and biotech spheres are now nurtured within university research departments. But understanding their needs typically involves understanding the underlying technologies on which their products are based.
We regularly work with academic and research institutions as well as helping university spin-out companies. Many of our attorneys have PhDs and academic research experience, allowing us to work well with academic inventors and understand the unique needs of universities to balance the protection of rights with the publication of results. We are also experienced in advising on IP ownership issues and how best to minimise costs without compromising commercial aims.
Venture capitalists & investors
Responsiveness and commercial understanding are part of Beck Greener’s DNA, but there are few areas in which they are more vital than in the fast-moving world of venture capital. Decisions often have to be made quickly, and it’s vital that your advisors understand the commercial realities driving your business. At Beck Greener we are familiar with working with investors, venture capitalists and VC firms, particularly in the chemistry, life sciences, consumer electronics and communications sectors, where the pace of technological innovation has been significant over recent years.
We understand that the viability of a potential investment, business sale or acquisition needs careful assessment. IP is a core business asset that should not be overlooked and the quality of the IP can determine whether a deal succeeds or fails. Clarification of the quality and reach of a target acquisition’s IP assets can help you to avoid costly mistakes and identify opportunities to make the best use of investments.
Brand & creative industries
Beck Greener’s trade marks team has earned a global reputation for excellence in all areas of trade marks and trade mark litigation. The team has also earned the trust of a gold standard client base, comprising world-leading corporate entities across a broad range of highly competitive sectors, including media, entertainment, professional services, cosmetics, fashion, and more. These names are some of the biggest in their sectors, well known internationally and/or listed on stock exchanges across the globe.
Within this area work for media and entertainment brands is a significant specialism for the team, and we represent many well-known artists and brands. As well as offering our first-class trade mark expertise, we can provide assistance with protecting valuable copyrights and design rights, as well as advising on IP strategy and conducting litigation against infringers.