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RGC Jenkins & Co

E u ro p ea n Patent Atto r n eys

C ha rtered Patent Attorneys

Tra de M a rk Attorneys

1937 We are a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys and certified patent, trade mark and design litigators. We were founded in 1937 and have built one of the largest and most successful intellectual property practices in the United Kingdom. We have offices in London, Bristol, Farnham and Munich.

With the growth of worldwide trade and the gradual disappearance

We believe that the success of our firm is based on our unique

of international trade barriers, businesses increasingly recognise

and diverse mix of professional expertise gained within

the need to establish distinctive products and services by way of

industry and private practice. Our team has experience in all

innovation, design and branding.

major technical fields and we use our specialist knowledge

Intellectual property is the

product of such ingenuity.

and insider know-how to help our clients secure a competitive edge. We aim to add value to each job we handle. For us, our

Jenkins specialises in the protection of intellectual property

clients’ business goals are paramount.

worldwide. We have a wealth of experience in the UK, Europe and further afield. Our firm provides a comprehensive service in the

We provide clear and focused strategic advice and unmatched

protection, maintenance, defence and enforcement of IP assets in

breadth and depth of experience. We find effective and cost-

all technical fields.

effective solutions to our clients’ IP problems.

Litigation & Oppositions

Global Reach

Our IP litigators are experienced in the

We have developed an extensive international

enforcement and defence of IP rights. We can


handle enforcement matters before the courts,

associates. This network is reviewed regularly

as well as representing our clients in pre-action

to ensure that high standards of service are

correspondence, negotiations, mediation and

maintained and that the most competitive pricing


deals are obtained for our clients.

We have substantial experience and expertise in contentious matters before the European Patent Office. We have handled over 100 EPO oppositions, many in languages other than English.





Multilingual Capability Many of our attorneys are bilingual or multilingual. This capability means that we can act directly in many countries without incurring translation costs. It also means that correspondence or documents in foreign languages can be reported to you immediately, without the need to wait for translations.

PAT E N T S From innovative startups to some of the world’s largest technology-based companies, Jenkins helps extract the value from research investments by identifying and protecting inventions. We offer professional advice on patent validity, infringement and ownership, and can supervise both offensive and defensive litigation for clients worldwide. The protection of our clients’ inventions, innovations and brands is at the heart of our practice. Our patent services include: • • • • • • • •

preliminary investigations/due diligence on securing a patent; drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications; conducting searches to avoid infringement; defending against patent infringement claims; pursuing infringement litigation when opposing; reviewing, evaluating and managing patent portfolios; monitoring competitor examination files and application grants; and advising on how to obtain patent protection worldwide.

Patents Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering & Processes Information Technology & Communications Physics Biotechnology Pharmaceuticals Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Medical Technology & Devices Nanotechnology Automotive Technology Alternative Energy Telecommunications Transportation Ergonomics Consumer Products & Packaging Clothing, Footwear & Accessories Media, Sports & Entertainment Interactive Entertainment Optics Satellite & Space Technology Cleantech Greentech

David Musker Materials Science from Imperial College, London LLM Masters Degree in IP Litigation from Nottingham University with Distinction n Worked in government and the telecommunications industry n Communications, signal processing, computing, business-oriented subject matter, and designs n Author of two books on design law n n



- Editorial Board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP)

Worldleaders European IP Award - “Great professional respect” Legal 500 survey - “Leading expert on designs” Chambers World Leading Expert, Euromoney

Life Sciences Group Reuben Jacob Microbiology and Genetics from University of London Biotechnology, medtech and chemistry n Particular interest in fungal genetics/technologies, medical devices and laboratory instrumentation such as thermalcyclers and lab-on-a-chip devices n n

Dr. Kei Enomoto n

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Chemistry from Université Paris-XII Orsay and Kingston University and Pharmaceutical Analysis from King’s College London PhD in agrochemicals, from University College London Research in capillary electrophoresis and chiroptical spectroscopy Crop protection research and lab-on-a-chip

Dr. Fiona Kellas n n n

Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge Has worked in-house with a biotechnological company

Dr. Edward Rainsford PhD in virology from University of Warwick Proteins in viroplasm formation and viral genome replication n Research Associate at the University of Virginia studying RNA- protein interactions and RNA viruses replication n n

PAT E N T S IT, Telecoms & E-commerce James Cross n n n n n

Physicist LLM in Intellectual Property Litigation Satellites, aircraft, medical software and kettle controls. Mainly UK clients Litigation and litigation support

Dr. Philip Cupitt n n n n

Electronic engineering. Previously worked as a software developer Experience of analogue and digital circuit design Telecommunications, software-based inventions, database management systems, computer security and Internet-based technologies, e-commerce

Holly Whitlock n n n n

Coding, Mathematics & Imaging

Mathematics from Oxford University Certificate in semi-conductor materials and devices Signal processing, image processing, coding and classification Works closely with the UK research department of a large Japanese company, with whom she is developing a patent portfolio relating to the MPEG 7 standard (multimedia content description standard)

Dr. Silke Petzold Physics, from University of Hamburg Research in High Energy Physics at the German Laboratory for Particle Physics in Hamburg and the European Laboratory in Geneva

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Alvin Lam n

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BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from University of Edinburgh Multimedia Contributor to the European Patents Handbook

Stuart Rowlands MSc in Physics from University of York n High resolution microscopes, particularly, Field Emission and Field Ion Microscopes n

Mobile Communications Hugh Dunlop Engineer, from University of Cambridge n LLM cum laude from John Marshall Law School, Chicago n 13 years with Motorola - 4 years at HQ in Illinois - Mobile Software Division, Wireless Data Division, and Lexicus (software) Division n

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Jeff Sweetman

Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China MSc in Management of Intellectual Property from Queen Mary & Westfield College (University of London) Software, information security maintenance, Internet design, database management

May Xu

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Australian Patent Attorney Degrees in Science (Electronics) and Law from Macquarie University, Sydney Telecommunications, electronics, integrated circuit manufacture, printing technology, image processing and microelectromechanical machines

Nicholas Hinchcliffe

Electronic and Communication Engineering (1st class) from University of Bath n MSc in Communication and Signal Processing from Imperial College, London. n Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (merit) from Queen Mary College, London n


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Electronic Engineering from the University of Leeds PhD from the University of Leeds Semiconductor devices

Simone Ferrara Electronic and Communication Engineering from The University of Milan n MSc Communication and Signal Processing from Imperial College, London n

Bristol Office Serves clients in the Bristol and Bath high-tech cluster - Communications - Semiconductors Dr. Neil Condon - Software n Natural Sciences (Physics), from University of Cambridge n PhD from University of Manchester - Scanning tunnelling microscopy to study nano- sized structures on surfaces of wide band gap semiconductors. n UK patent department of Siemens n Specialises in physics and electronics based inventions, and telecommunications

Alastair Lowe

MEng in Electronic Engineering and Computing from Sheffield University. Previous work in nuclear power generating simulation programming.  n Microprocessor architecture, computer systems architecture, wireless communication systems and software n n

PAT E N T S Electronics & Physics Phil Treeby Physics from University College London n Electronic and electromechanical - semiconductor devices, image copying and surveillance systems n Frequent visitor to Japan, and has worked on secondment with Japanese law firm n

Nic Jones n n n n n

Physics, from University of Bristol Studied physics at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain British Council Oceanographic research, National University of Singapore Automotive safety devices, mobile telecommunications

Optics & Opto-electronics Dr. David Brinck MSc and PhD in Optoelectronic and Laser Devices PhD following research relating to optical properties of rare-earth-doped waveguides n LLM in Intellectual Property Litigation n n

Dr. Tim Houle Physics, from University of Surrey PhD in optical communications and laser technology n Worked for several years in a leading Osaka patent attorney practice n n

Mechanical & Electro-mechanical Tim Pendered Mechanical engineer, from University of Dundee Worked in the paper industry before entering the patent profession

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Munich Office Serving local German client base

Felix Rummler Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, from Technical University in Munich n Worked as an engineer in the automotive industry in Munich and the aerospace industry in California n Automotive technology, electronics, telecommunications and information technology n

Henry Selby-Lowndes Physics with Medical Applications from King’s College, London Works in German and English with national and international clients n Computer hardware & software, semiconductors, telecoms, medical devices and hand-held tools n n

Sascha Zieglmeier Fully qualified German lawyer Previously ran her own legal practice n Handles trade marks in a range of different fields from our Munich office n n






recognised expertise in handling the protection and enforcement of UK and European designs. We filed the first EU Community design in 2003, and are the largest UK filer of EU designs. We can offer comprehensive advice on the protection of product designs and design features, including labels, product shape and get-up. Our Designs Group helps to identify and safeguard potential future design rights and navigate the rules on disclosure and grace periods with an eye to achieving protection. We can secure the right protection in any jurisdiction, and aid in enforcing those rights, whether registered or unregistered, against competitor encroachment. We are also experienced in searching for design rights and advising on their scope, and in due diligence and freedom to operate exercises.

Our designs services include: • advice on which features to protect, where, when and why; • advice on the impact of disclosure and grace periods; • advice on unregistered design rights; • advice on the length of registered and unregistered monopolies; • advice on effective protection strategies in markets of interest or worldwide; and • advice on commercial exploitation of design rights, including licensing and licences of right.

‘RGC Jenkins & Co provides excellent technical advice that is tailored to commercial needs’ The Legal 500

Design Group David Musker n

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Author of Community Design Law - Principles & Practice (Sweet & Maxwell, 2002) Filed first Community Design Chairman of CIPA’s Designs and Copyright Committee President of UNION’s Design Commission

Tim Pendered n n

Lecturer on Community Design Law ITMA Designs Committee

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Uniform protection for designs throughout EU in single inexpensive registration process Wide range of “designs” protectable EU-wide injunctions against infringers possible

TRADE MARKS Brands define your corporate image. The innovation you invest in them merits protection. We help you fit branding strategies to your business goals, and work with you to achieve cost-effective, strong protection in your local market, or worldwide. Jenkins has a strong trade mark practice with nine qualified attorneys, with three partners and six experienced associates. Our professionals are acknowledged experts in the protection of brands, and our technical skills before the UK-IPO and the Community Trade Marks Office (OHIM) are well-known. We have secured high-profile successes for many of our clients’ innovative brands, including shapes, sounds and product and packaging design. We counsel on cost-effective brand portfolio management, use of brands in marketing materials and advertising, and corporate transactions




transfers, licenses and mergers and acquisitions. We work with you to identify and challenge conflicting marks and help protect your brands from competitor encroachment.

Our trade mark services include: • selection and clearance of new brands; • registration and maintenance; • brand portfolio management; • advice on effective use of brands in marketing; • watching for conflicts with thirdparty marks; • preventing the registration of conflicting third party trade mark rights; • enforcement, including infringement and passing off actions; • domain name protection; • action against cybersquatters; and • brand-related transactions, including assignments, licences and due diligence.

Trade Mark Group Dr. Stephen James President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) 2004-6 n PhD (Chemistry) from University of Cambridge n Patent and trade mark profession since 1978 - Government - Glaxo Trade Mark Department. n “A well respected figure” and “his personal touch is a real plus“ - Chambers n

Hazel Buckley Previously worked in IP in industry and in a UK general law firm - Advertising and publishing n Management, coordination and development of worldwide trade mark portfolios for clients with multinational interests n Specialises in contentious matters n

Tim Pendered n

Looking after the trade mark portfolios of UK and overseas clients

Trade Mark Group Angela Fox n n


Associate Has extensive experience in clearing and protecting trade marks in the FMCG sector Domain name panellist for the World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Center

Katie Cameron n n

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Associate Has a degree in English and French law, including a Diplome des Etudes Juridiques from Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon III Previously ran her own law practice Member of the ITMA Council

Nina Hurley n n n

Associate Fluent in French Handles trade marks in the fields of telecommunications and fashion

Joanne Ling n n n

Associate Has extensive experience in handling anti-counterfeiting matters Handles trade marks in the fields of entertainment, household electronics, and financial services

Kate Symons n n


Associate LLB (Hons) in French and Law from the University of the West of England Spent a year working for a leading Australian IP firm

L I T I G ATO R S Jenkins is proud to boast four attorneys certified to conduct litigation in the Chancery Division of the High Court and the County Court (including the Patents County Court) in relation to trade mark, design and passing off cases.

Litigators David Musker n

Patent Attorney Litigators Certificate

Hazel Buckley n

Trade Marks and Designs Litigators Certificate

James Cross n

Holds LLM in IP Litigation

Steve James n

Trade Marks and Designs Litigators Certificate

Angela Fox n

Trade Marks and Designs Litigators Certificate

London 26 Caxton Street London SW1H 0RJ Tel: +44 (0) 20 7931 7141 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7222 4660 E-mail:

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