Our patent attorneys specialise in protecting and commercialising the technology supporting wind and wave energy

Novel wind and wave energy technologies are already playing a crucial part in decarbonising our world, slowing climate change and helping the UK government achieve its aim of reaching ‘Net Zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

However, the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy will require further significant innovation. The increased competition this will cause means those companies leading the charge must ensure their inventions, ideas and products are fully protected against the unwanted and unauthorized attentions of their competitors.

Our patent attorneys are skilled at providing this protection and ensuring your IP rights continue to deliver your current objectives and support your long-term strategy.

From a technical perspective we understand wind and wave power, as well as biofuels, energy-efficient combustion technologies and the chemical processes that will reduce waste products and harmful emissions.

More specifically, when it comes to wind power we understand airborne wind energy, offshore floating concepts, smart rotors, blade tip-mounted rotors, multi-rotor turbines, wind-induced energy harvesting devices, power transmission and switching systems, alternative support structures and the technology behind generators and turbines.

In wave power, we understand the leading techniques (absorbers, attenuators, oscillation water columns, overtopping and inverted- pendulum devices) for capturing and transporting the energy produced by ocean surface waves, whether it’s ultimately used to generate electricity, desalinate water or to pump water.

And once the energy has been captured, our team have a wealth of experience in the innovation required to store it, including whether that’s by using batteries or fuel cells.

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

We will help you create an IP strategy that maps directly onto both your objectives and your business plan, and strikes the right balance between protecting your existing IP rights and acquiring the new rights you need.

Before we even begin the patenting process, our unique suite of fixed price consultancy products will identify and define the innovation you have and provide the insight we need to create the best possible IP strategy for your business.

From there we will guide you through the process of securing the intellectual property rights you’ll need to successfully deliver your strategy:

  • We can conduct prior art searches to try to ensure patent protection can be obtained, or carry out Freedom to Operate searches which are so often of help in this sector
  • We will draft and file the required patent applications (and advise you when and how best to begin your applications)
  • We will help you obtain patents in the relevant territories
  • We can also talk you though the alternative types of IP protection (most specifically designs) if they are better suited to your technology and your objectives
  • Our experienced oppositions team will defend any oppositions to your patent in front of the European Patent Office, or oppose any newly-granted patents that constrain your business objectives

Our trade mark attorneys are on hand to protect your branding, identify potential infringements and, if necessary, take the necessary action to enforce your brands.

Our IP solicitors will draft the legal agreements, contracts, and licensing arrangements you need to successfully deliver your IP strategy and achieve your commercial objectives.

And given the high volume of activity in the renewable energy sector, you may find either your IP or your products are challenged by a competitor. If this happens, our experienced litigators will guide you through any legal action, wherever in the world it arises.

By working closely together, our multi-disciplinary team will make sure you receive all the IP and legal support you need to develop and create the highest level of value from your wave or wind power technology.

Or if you’d like to discuss an upcoming wind and wave project with our patent attorneys, please contact our specialist team today.