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Financial Times - Europe's Leading Patent Law Firms

In the first ever Financial Times special report on Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2019, Potter Clarkson has been ranked 'Gold' in four categories and 'Silver' in two categories, making us among the top 3 European IP firms.

The firm has been ranked ‘Gold’ for the following categories:
  1. Biotech & Food
  2. Electrical Engineering
  3. IT & Software
  4. Mechanical Engineering
And attained ‘Silver’ for the following categories:
  1. Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals
  2. Materials & Nanotechnology
The report highlights Europe’s most highly rated patent law firms, as recommended by clients and peers, which were ranked in three classes:
  1. Gold (very frequently recommended)
  2. Silver (frequently recommended)
  3. Bronze (recommended)
About 7,500 specialist attorneys working in patent law firms and 2,500 experts working in the patent departments of companies were invited to take part in the survey, which was conducted between February and April 2019. In total 2,727 clients and peers participated, making several thousand recommendations.  A total of 142 recommended firms offering the services of patent attorneys are included in the overall list.

Managing Intellectual Property

The results of MIP's annual research are detailed rankings of the leading firms practising intellectual property in each country. 

Tier 1 Patent Prosecution
The leading UK firms are presented in the form of 31 firms split into four tiers; we are one of 25 firms listed within the top three tiers, with an additional 6 listed as ‘notable’ firms, those in the top tiers received the most recommendations for the quality and depth of their practice. The survey reveals which firms are rated by their peers for the strength of their expertise and the depth of their ability to service clients. Richard BassetCharlotte Crowhurst, Mark Didmon, Caroline Marshall and Philip Thomas are currently listed as IP Stars.

Tier 2 Trade Mark Prosecution

The leading UK firms are presented in the form of 29 firms split into four tiers; we are one of 20 firms listed within the top three tiers, with an additional 9 listed as ‘notable’ firms, those in the top tiers received the most recommendations for the quality and depth of their practice. The survey reveals which firms are rated by their peers for the strength of their expertise and the depth of their ability to service clients. Sanjay Kapur, John Peacock, Janella Barr and Stephen Kinsey are currently listed as IP Stars.

The 2019 survey stated:

Potter Clarkson strengthened its trade marks practice in the UK by acquiring the London-based IP firm Wildbore & Gibbons. The acquisition increased the number of IP stars and trade mark practitioners in the firm. The firm now has five trade mark partners: Stephen Kinsey, Janella Barr, Sarah Talland, Sanjay Kapur and John Peacock. For IP disputes and transactions, the firm has lawyers such as Nick McDonald, Richard Roberts and Mark Snelgrove. The partners are supported by a team of junior trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers. Lucy Mills, Holly Mitchell and Harrison Lee are notable associates to watch. Mitchell is a lawyer while Lee and Mills are trade mark attorneys. The firm is also expanding in Europe, with new offices in Denmark and Sweden. European patent attorney Stephen Smith succeeded Colin Baker as managing partner.

Client testimonials included:
“We selected Potter Clarkson over other firms because of their technical reputation.”
“We trust Potter Clarkson with our core IP and value their expertise in our sector.”

“It’s been a pleasure to witness the speed and ease at which the patent attorneys grasp new technical matters.”

“Their advice takes into consideration the international and dynamic nature of our business, and they behave as members of our team rather than simply as service providers.”

Others praise the "very good experience of the backroom staff" and say it has "a professional edge" they have never encountered in any patent agency before, particularly noting how well the team works together. "The smaller teams seem to have good group dynamics and mentor their upcoming counsel well as they move through the ranks within the firm."

Chambers UK

Leading Firm
The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. 

They really get the science, they keep up to date with research developments as well as the law. 

The practice works seamlessly. Any time I interact with an attorney or staff member, I am impressed with their willingness to be accommodating and helpful. 

Their IP pedigree is excellent. 

Legal 500

Top Tier
The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in 106 jurisdictions. The survey states that:

Potter Clarkson LLP provides 'pragmatic and appropriate advice' and has strong expertise in life sciences, chemistry, technology and energy. Managing partner Colin Baker leads the team and has extensive experience in advising on patents relating to chemicals and medical devices. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals expert Richard Bassett has 'an extraordinary ability to immediately understand the small details of very complicated subject matters'. Other biotech specialists include Mark Didmon, Stephanie Pilkington, Stephen Smith, Philip Thomas, Jane Wainwright and Andrew Wright. Didmon recently represented Stretchline in its actions against H&M, who used the client's technology in its brassieres. Notable individuals involved in electronics include Ray Charig and Saiful Khan. On the chemistry side, Charlotte Crowhurst, Ian Dee, Stephen McNeeney and Robert Pugh are all important figures. Stevens is 'highly professional', 'has 'a great ability to find just the right arguments and present them', and 'is a really nice person to work with'.


Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson LLP has expertise in clearance, filing, prosecution and contentious work. John Peacock is a key figure and assisted the Elvis Presley Estate in opposing the trade mark of 'Elvis Juice' and 'Brewdog Elvis Juice' by drinks manufacturer Brewdog. He also advised Frederickson & Byron, which acted behalf of the Estate of Prince, in relation to infringement proceedings by a proposed West End musical titled 'Purple Rain'. Sanjay Kapur is also a key figure and is 'easy to deal with', 'responsive' and 'commercial'. He acted for The Norfolk Whisky Company in registering its trade mark, which received an objection due to the name failing to indicate the geographical origin of the product.

IAM Patent 1000

The World’s Leading Patent Professionals

The IAM Patent 1000 carries out extensive research that focuses exclusively on patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis. Potter Clarkson are proud to be Identified as one of their leading private practice patent firms in one of the world’s key jurisdictions.

Prompt, communicative and clear in their advice.

Commercially astute advice.


IP Inclusive

We are proud to be one of over 100 patent and trade mark firms to have so far signed up to the IPInclusive charter which came into force back in 2016.

Backed by The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), The IP Federation (IP Fed), The UK association of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI-UK) and The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) this pan-professional taskforce, made up of over 40 member organisations, is committed to making IP professions more inclusive and encourages both current and future IP professionals to encourage others to embrace and sustain a more diverse workforce.
For further information, please click here

The IPInclusive charter states:

"We will support equality, diversity and inclusion by: 
  • - Having in place a named individual within our organisation as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion officer. This person will be sufficiently senior to make change happen and to be accountable for our progress. 
  • - Having in place a written Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (“EDI”) policy for our organisation and making everybody in the organisation aware of it. 
  • - Promoting openness and transparency so as to demonstrate merit-based equal opportunities in our recruitment and career progression processes. 
  • - Acknowledging the effects of unconscious bias and introducing measures to tackle it. 
  • - Monitoring and reporting internally on our progress using measures and at intervals that are appropriate to our size and nature.
  • - Sharing our experience within the IP Inclusive community to help build an effective network for equality, diversity and inclusion across the IP sector.”

Having been involved with IP Inclusive right from concept stages, with one of our partners, Stephanie Pilkington, being a member of CIPA's task force, we have continued to support this charter. Our Practice Director, Andrew Argyle, a non-practising solicitor, has taken on the role of EDI officer. An EDI policy has been prepared and published internally.

Potter Clarkson is active in supporting IPInclusive’s recent initiative, “Careers in Ideas”, which is designed to promote more widely the IP profession as a career, in particularly targeting universities and schools.

ISO 9001

Committed to quality and continual improvement

We're proud to hold certification for ISO9001:2015, the recognised standard for Quality Management which ensures high levels of performance and customer satisfaction. This gives you the confidence that you'll receive a quality service every time and, as there's always room for improvement, we're committed to continually improving our processes and working practises. 
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ISO 14001

Providing an environmentally sustainable service

You can take comfort that we also hold certification for ISO14001:2015, the recognised standard for Environmental Management. We recognise the social and economic importance of protecting the environment; that the ​firm's commitment to this must encompass all activities and that it should be prepared to lead by example in promoting a sensitive, considered attitude to the environment.
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ISO 27001

Keeping your data safe at all times

You’ll be pleased to know that our services are accredited with ISO27001:2017, the internationally recognised and most prestigious standard for Information Security Management Systems, so you can be assured that all your data is safe with us at all times. That’s important to us because it’s important to you and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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