Potter Clarkson joins the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

Potter Clarkson is delighted to announce that it has joined a limited number of companies in becoming an official affiliate partner of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), a £60 million pound research centre run by the University of Manchester as part of their vision of building a Graphene City.

Founded in 1889, Potter Clarkson is a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers, and one of the largest full-service intellectual property practices in Europe, with offices in Nottingham, London, Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Lund. As an official affiliate partner, the firm will lend their technical knowledge and IP expertise to facilitate the growth and success of the GEIC.

Since the isolation of graphene by Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester in 2004, many advances in this sector have been made, enabling the graphene sector to grow from strength to strength. Due to its combination of unique properties, the number and diversity of potential applications for graphene are nearly limitless, but there continue to be challenges and opportunities in identifying new commercially viable uses for graphene and developing large-scale industrial production methods.

Jason Teng, partner and head of the firm’s ultra precision technology and microengineering team, comments:

It is a privilege for Potter Clarkson to be part of the GEIC that is playing a crucial role in maintaining the UK’s world-leading position in the graphene sector. We have taken a real interest in the highly-promising graphene developments coming out of Manchester, all of which are potential contributors to an expanding list of industries.

"Intellectual property rights are fundamental to the successful commercialisation of innovative technology, and is crucial in protecting businesses from their competitors.  Our attorneys have excellent track records in advising on and securing IP rights for innovations in graphene production and applications.

"We look forward to working with the GEIC and the wider graphene community."

Please contact our team at enquiries-geic@potterclarkson.com for further information.