Our patent attorneys and IP solicitors specialise in protecting and commercialising battery technology
Energy storage is becoming increasingly important. Our phones, our vehicles, the renewable energy grid and even our homes rely more and more on battery performance.
With so much riding on both storage and safety, the limitations of lithium-ion batteries are very much in the spotlight. This puts us on the cusp of what will almost certainly become a volatile and innovative period in battery technology.
At the same time, super-fast charging, distributed energy storage networks and over-the-air wireless charging options are advancing rapidly and a range of new alternatives to lithium are also poised to have a significant impact on the future of the humble battery.
From a technology perspective, our team understands all the major elements of battery technology. These include lithium-ion accumulators, solid electrolytes, liquid electrolytes, charging and discharging, electrode active materials, portable devices, temperature controls, mountings and motive systems.
More specifically, we have been involved in such major projects as:
- Hybrid battery fuel cell systems. We prepared patent applications for battery safety systems, charging and discharging algorithms, and controlling the drawing of energy from hybrid power systems.
- High-voltage direct current (HVDC), line-commutated converters (LCC) and voltage-source converters (VSC) solutions for a broad range of on and offshore applications. These were designed to bring power safely and efficiently into a battery storage site and onto the grid.
- Electronics for the delivery of DC power. These projects were ostensibly linked to semiconductors and focused on improving efficiency and battery management capabilities.
However, our experience goes beyond the technical. We’re also very much focused on the commercial side and maximising the value of your intellectual property (IP).
To that end, we’ll help you create an IP strategy aligned with both your objectives and your business plan. We’ll make sure you strike the right balance between protecting your existing IP rights, developing or acquiring the new rights you need to take the next step and planning how to maximise the value of your rights and innovations.
Our specialists understand the needs and challenges that can arise at every stage. We’ll begin by helping you identify the innovation you have or need and ensure you haven’t overlooked anything potentially lucrative.
We’ll then work out how best to protect and manage your IP based on what you want to achieve, taking into account how your business is structured and where you are in your lifecycle.
After that, we’ll take the necessary action. This could include drafting and filing patents, suggesting alternative rights to consider, taking steps to protect your brand or putting the agreements you need in place to protect your ownership and the way you engage with your partners, suppliers and customers.
This is where our specialist battery technology team is unique because it comprises not only patent attorneys who understand the nuts and bolts of your innovation, but also our experienced IP solicitors.
Our solicitors specialise in drafting and negotiating domestic and multi-jurisdictional agreements. They already work closely with a number of clients in the cleantech space and will help establish commercial relationships to put your business plan into effect.
And, in the event there is a challenge to your position or IP, our experienced litigators will guide you through the process within the UK, Europe and, if required, internationally.
As our working relationship develops, we’ll also regularly review your approach to IP in case any tweaks are needed to maximise the value of your IP assets and keep you focused on your core priorities.
If you’d like to discuss a battery technology project with our patent attorneys or IP solicitors, please contact our specialist team today.