Recent decades have witnessed a massive growth of products and services that harness renewable materials and energy sources, and rely less on natural resources, whilst reducing cost, energy consumption, waste or pollution.


Companies operating in the cleantech sector are often quick to recognise how vital a proportionate IP strategy can be in helping them realize their key business objectives.  Our cleantech team can help obtain and enforce the desired IP protection.

Cleantech patents

The cleantech sector covers a wide range of different technologies and so our cleantech team draws on the skills of our patent attorneys from all of our technical groups, namely life sciences, chemistry & materials, engineering and electronics, computing & physics.

Together, they have considerable experience in a wide range of technologies including:

  • biofuel production
  • renewable energy including wind power, hydroelectric power and solar power
  • renewable/recyclable materials
  • fuel cells
  • ceramics for catalytic converters
  • green/sustainable  chemistry
  • water purification
  • CO2 sequestration

Our patent attorneys can help you maximise protection for your cleantech innovations using patent rights in the UK and Europe.  They can help you make use of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Green Channel which provides for accelerated processing of patent applications relating to inventions having an environmental benefit.

Defending and opposing cleantech patents

With a proven track record of success during opposition & appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, the patent attorneys in the team will do their utmost to ensure your granted cleantech patents are robustly defended in the event of opposition by a third party.

And if a third party has a granted patent that causes you concern, our patent attorneys can assess its relevance and, launch an opposition if appropriate.

Our cleantech team has a wealth of experience working with universities & research institutions as well as numerous start-up & spin-out companies. They understand the importance of tailoring our advice to the budgets and commercial aims of each individual client.

IP support for the Cleantech sector

Our patent and trade mark attorneys are well supported by our legal services team who have considerable experience in assisting with exploitation of IP rights and in transactional IP matters.  For example, they can help in preparing and negotiating transactional agreements such as disposals & acquisitions, collaborations, options, pipeline, technology transfer and licensing agreements.

Members of the legal service team also assist our in-house dispute resolution team who are on hand if contentious issues arise.

The team is happy to provide IP training at any level within your business and they are also happy to provide in-house assistance for IP matters either as a short-term measure in particularly busy times or on a regular on-going basis.

Our renewals service has extensive experience of dealing with renewal fee payments for all IP rights across the world.

Trade mark advice for the Cleantech sector

Our large, competent team of trade mark experts helps our cleantech clients to protect their trade marks, in the UK, the EU and internationally where required. They have considerable experience in successfully handling complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes through both opposition and other contentious proceedings, often in tandem with negotiating settlement agreements with the help of our dispute resolution team.

All of our patent and trade mark attorneys in the cleantech team have genuine interest in their cleantech client’s businesses and can provide practical, commercially-focused IP business advice including strategic advice on IP portfolio management.