WHO WE ARE
We’re Potter Clarkson LLP, an award-winning, top-tier firm of European patent and trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers, and one of the largest full service intellectual property practices in Europe.
Advising clients around the globe on intellectual property rights across a variety of industry sectors, Potter Clarkson is well-known for handling some of the most complex and challenging patent and trade mark cases, and is particularly well-regarded for its successful prosecution, opposition and appeal work. Our proven excellence has made it the European firm of choice for several global giants, household names, universities and SMEs, as well as smaller companies and individuals all of whom wish to benefit commercially from their investment into intellectual property. We are here to help with our wide-ranging technical expertise, experience and business knowledge.
Founded in 1889, the firm employs some 60 qualified professionals and 90 paralegals, administrators and support staff at our modern offices in Nottingham. Potter Clarkson is the largest single UK-sited specialist IP firm outside London. The firm also has offices in Munich, Stockholm and Lund enabling us to enhance further our service offering within continental Europe. Furthermore, our associations with top attorney firms worldwide mean we deliver the ideal combination – a truly international service with expert local knowledge.
As well as being traditional patent and trade mark attorneys, we have moved ahead of many such firms to create a wider and full IP legal offering by employing IP lawyers (solicitors) to enhance the existing team of attorneys who undertake IP litigation. Only a small percentage of patent attorneys qualify as litigators in the UK and even fewer qualify as patent attorney advocates of which the firm boasts one. As a result, the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Commercial team (DRAC), consisting of seven attorney litigators/attorney advocate and four (soon to be five) IP solicitors (two at partner level), and a legally-qualified paralegal, offers the full range of litigation services in all English courts of law, as well as all non-contentious, commercial legal services associated with IP. This 12-strong professional team, which is able to call on the IP experience of attorneys in the same building, provides a comprehensive and seamlessly complete range of IP services, putting us in the vanguard of the profession’s evolution.
As evidenced by such respected legal directories as Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), Legal 500 and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), where the firm is in the top rankings of each, many of our attorneys and solicitors are recognised as leaders in their field, each bringing outstanding technical qualifications and experience.
We realise that our continuing success cannot rely merely on our excellent reputation; we aim to provide our clients with a personalised service which is not only professional but also reliable. To enable us to do this we utilise the latest technology and sophisticated software, much of which is developed in-house.
We strongly believe that we have the professional and technical skills required to meet your requirements, and we can work with you to obtain the most for your business.