The service revenue of the telecommunications industry in the UK alone is predicted to be 45 billion Euro by 2017. It is a thriving industry that plays an increasingly important role in the world economy.


From the days of Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 patent for the telephone, IP protection has always played a central role in the telecommunications industry. Protecting advancements in this competitive field can have a huge commercial impact.

Telecoms patents

We have a strong team of patent attorneys drawn from our electronics, computing & physics group to help you safeguard your telecommunications inventions using patent rights in the UK and Europe. Global protection is also available through our well established network of trusted foreign associates.

Our patent attorneys working in this sector all have degrees and often PhDs in the physical sciences and so will be fully competent to understand your technology and help you secure the best possible protection. We are well-versed in the procedures and pitfalls of EPO opposition and have a proven track record in both defending telecoms patents for our clients in this sector and also in attacking troublesome third party patents.

Our team has experience in a wide range of technologies including:

  • powerline broadband and telephony
  • cellular communications
  • network communications
  • imaging, screen displays
  • data management and recovery
  • signal processing

Trade mark advice for the telecoms sector

Our telecoms clients benefit from sound advice on securing and enforcing trade mark rights from our well-established team of trade mark attorneys. They are well known for successfully handling complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes through both opposition and other contentious proceedings. They often work with our dispute resolution team to negotiate settlement agreements.

IP support for telecoms sector

If you need practical, commercially-focused IP business advice, you will find that our patent and trade mark attorneys and our legal services team can help you ensure that IP rights are being exploited to the full. They will make sure future applications are in line you’re your commercial goals. They also have considerable expertise in the strategic management of multi-jurisdictional IP portfolios.

Our legal services team offer invaluable support in commercial IP transactions and in the recordal of such transactions. For example, they can help in preparing and negotiating transactional agreements such as disposals & acquisitions, collaborations, options, pipeline, technology transfer and licensing agreements.

We are happy to provide IP training at any level within your business on topics of your choice and in the format that suits you best. If you are part of a legal team that has a need for extra support during a busy period, our in-house assistance service may be ideal for you.

Finally, our renewals service is a reliable and cost-effective way of dealing with renewal fee payments for all IP rights across the telecommunications sector.