Our patent attorneys specialise in protecting and commercialising battery technology

The storage of energy is becoming more and more important. Our phones, our vehicles, the renewable energy grid and even our homes are becoming more and more reliant on the performance of batteries.

With so much riding on the storage (and safety) of a battery, the limitations of lithium-ion batteries is very much under the spotlight. This has left us on the cusp of what will almost certainly become the most volatile and innovative period in battery technology.

At the same time, super-fast charging, distributed energy storage networks and over the air charging options are being advanced and a range of new alternatives to lithium are also poised to have a significant impact on the future of the battery.

Our patent attorneys have a wealth of experience when it comes to protecting and maximising the commercial performance of a wide variety of battery-based technologies.

From a technology perspective our team understand all the major elements of battery technology including lithium-ion accumulators, solid electrolytes, liquid electrolytes, charging and discharging, electrode active materials, portable devices, temperature controls, mountings, and motive systems.

More specifically the major projects we have been involved in have involved:

  • 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 off shore applications designed to bring power safely and efficiently into a battery storage site and into the grid.
  • Electronics for the delivery of DC power. These projects were ostensibly linked to semiconductors and focussed on improving efficiency and battery management capabilities.

However, our experience is not solely technical. We are very much focussed on the commercial side, on maximising the value of your IP.

To do that we will help you create an IP strategy that is aligned to your objectives and your business plan. We’ll make sure you strike the right balance between protecting your existing IP rights and acquiring the new rights you’ll need to take the next step.

We will begin by helping you identify the innovation you have and ensuring you haven’t overlooked any potentially lucrative innovation or ideas.

We’ll then work out how best to protect and manage your IP based on what you want to achieve as well as how your business is structured and where you are in your lifecycle.

We’ll then take the required action. This could include drafting and filing the patents you need to support your business plan in the way that best suits your business plan. Or, it could involve suggesting alternative rights to consider, taking the required steps to protect your brand or putting the commercial contracts and 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 energy and cleantech team is unique. 

It includes not only patent and trade mark attorneys but also IP solicitors. They will take responsibility for drafting the domestic or cross-border legal agreements, licensing arrangements and contracts you need to reinforce your IP strategy. And if your position or IP is challenged, our experienced litigators will guide you through the process within the UK and Europe and, if required, internationally.

As our working relationship develops, we will also regularly review your approach to IP in case tweaks are required to maximise the value of your IP assets and keep you focussed on your core priorities.

Or if you’d like to discuss a battery technology project with our patent attorneys, please contact our specialist team today.