The Legal 500

Mathys & Squire is a tier 1 ranked firm for the PATMA: Patent Attorneys category in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 – UK Guide.

Praise for the firm in this year’s directory includes:

‘The team has an excellent technical understanding of our technology area, which is very niche and hard for most individuals to grasp. This makes the patent development process so much easier. During the process of trying to get the invention down on paper, the team are able to suggest areas of potential innovation or to point out common knowledge at a very early stage, saving time and money but at the same time potentially generating new commercial IP in the form of sub patents.’

‘Broad experience across the range of technologies that my company has exposure to.’

‘Extremely responsive and eager to understand my company’s needs. Flexible and accommodating when it comes to matching expectations regarding timing and budget.’

‘The Mathys & Squire team has made the entire process of the patent application an exceptional experience. We have received appropriate advice to enable us to gain better positioning. Their billing is also transparent and has shown good value for money compared to other firms we work with.’

‘Showed great technological knowledge and effective support in prosecution in front of the EPO. Cost effective and very responsive.’

‘The diversity of patent concepts we bring forward in our field across a range of activities is always met by a team of experts with relevant expertise to draft patents quickly, enhance our concepts and provide assurance to our sponsors on the novelty and enforceability of our IP. We have always had priority for important filings. Advice to support our commercial partnerships and their strategic direction has always been generous and valuable.’

‘Mathys & Squire LLP really can’t do enough for you. If you want a firm that will go the extra mile and provide industry-leading client service then I would wholeheartedly recommend them. We have entrusted our most important patent portfolio to them and continue to be impressed by the diligent, professional and successful way they have managed the prosecution.’

‘Approachable and friendly, which is a key factor. Very knowledgeable in all manners of managing, and applying for, IP. Very swift in their response time.’

As well as a firmwide ranking, patent partners Jane ClarkPaul CozensChris HamerAlan MacDougall and Martin MacLean, have been ranked as Recommended Lawyers in this year’s guide, with Anna GregsonPhilippa Griffin and Craig Titmus recognised as Key Lawyers:

Jane Clark is a pre-eminent prosecutor who is always my first choice. [She makes herself] available for all important matters as well as many less important matters.’

Paul Cozens produces work of a consistently high quality and is very commercial. He is especially adept at dealing with software in the context of engineering.’

‘The individuals we work with in Mathys & Squire are all highly skilled, clear, driven and provide excellent service, especially under pressure. We would like to single out Chris Hamer, who has been exemplary. Chris is equally at home working with us on patent filings and advice one minute and the next advising CEOs and board members on the status of IP and influencing our commercial strategy. He is always available no matter what time of day.’

Anna Gregson and Martin MacLean are accessible, knowledgeable and provide a really outstanding, can-do attitude.’

Craig Titmus is an exceptional lawyer. He has read our patent so carefully and thoughtfully that his work with the patent offices tends to result in our favour. He presents the commentary and issues with such clarity that we don’t need a legal interpreter to understand and respond to them. This saves a lot of time and fees. Besides being a really clever lawyer, Craig is a truly nice person. We hope to work with him for all of our IP and patents going forward.’

The Mathys & Squire trade mark team has also been ranked in tier 2 for the PATMA: Trade Mark Attorneys category, with comments such as:

‘A partner-led service which has made a strong effort to meet our requirements and adapt to changes within the business.’

‘Very much like working with people who are members of the same team as you.’

‘The team provide us with in-depth knowledge and expertise in relation to all trade mark matters and provide pragmatic advice whether we are registering new trade marks or taking steps to protect existing ones.’

Trade mark partners Margaret Arnott and Gary Johnston have been featured as Recommended Lawyers:

Margaret Arnott has played a hands-on role in managing all of our trade mark work, and promptly makes herself available to discuss matters and management issues. She has quickly adapted the way her team works to meet our operational requirements and manage costs.’

Margaret Arnott explains everything in plain English, which makes decision-making much more straightforward.’

‘The team under Margaret Arnott’s lead are well organised, reliable and responsive. We value their timely reminders and also that they are always keen to provide advice and support.’

Please click here for details of our 2021 rankings in The Legal 500 in full.

Chambers UK

Mathys & Squire is ranked highly in the Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys category for Chambers UK 2020.

The firm is noted for being a ‘highly regarded patent and trade mark practice with an impressive client list drawn from many different industries. Recommended for prosecution, contentious registry actions and IP commercialisation. Assists solicitors with patent litigation in the courts. Has offices in France, Germany and Luxembourg.’ 

One client commented: “I find their work to be phenomenal and a lot of that is to do with how they work with each other internally, which has allowed them to achieve results beyond our expectations.”

A source said: “They have a wonderful combination of good technical expertise, commerciality and dynamism.”

Another client said: “We have an extremely positive impression of the firm – a very safe pair of hands with wide capabilities and able to progress overseas filings with a judicious choice of local agents.”

Partner Martin MacLean is ranked Band 1 for his expertise in ‘prosecuting often revolutionary and highly valuable patent portfolios. A client says: “He is highly responsive and creative, and works very closely with our scientists.”

Click here to see Mathys & Squire’s full Chambers UK profile for the 2020 edition.

IAM Patent 1000

Mathys & Squire is recommended in the 2020 edition of IAM Patent 1000.

The firm’s ‘hands on’ ‘A-Z approach to patent prosecution’ and ‘invaluable assistance in contentious scenarios’ is highlighted, with one source commenting: “They showed an excellent balance of lateral thinking, pragmatism and ambition for our invention. Some of their suggestions even went beyond drafting the patent and into ideas that might improve the invention itself.”

Partners Jane Clark, Chris Hamer, Martin MacLean and Craig Titmus were singled out as recommended individuals:

Jane Clark, who “develops new skills for new areas that we get involved in, is creative in finding solutions to difficult obstacles and is very prompt, with strong attention to detail and execution.”

‘Chemistry maven Chris Hamer knows all there is to know about ionic liquid technologies and routinely shares his wisdom by lecturing to chemistry and chemical engineering students at Queen’s University Belfast.

‘The firm’s resident biotechnologists include Martin MacLean and Craig Titmus: MacLean showcases his knowledge on the targeting of bacterial toxins through his work for Ipsen Bioinnovation; while sustainable technology start-up Colorifix calls Titmus a “lifesaver” for his slick management of its fabric dye patent portfolio”.’

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IAM Strategy 300

Mathys & Squire partners Martin MacLean, Anna Gregson and Dani Kramer have been recommended in the 2020 edition of IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

The in-depth research involves speaking to a wide range of senior corporate IP managers in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as third-party IP service providers, in order to identify these IP leaders whose business is the creation, development and deployment of strategies that enable IP owners to gain maximum value from their portfolios.

The ‘commercially savvy’ Anna Gregson is ‘the ultimate safe pair of hands no matter how challenging the brief. She puts her clients first at all times and is a delight to work with’.

Dani Kramer is a discerning choice of partner when dealing with complicated and sensitive patent matters, particularly at the European Patent Office. Highly intelligent, vastly knowledgeable and committed to excellence in client service, he engenders unshakeable trust.’

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World Trademark Review 1000

Mathys & Squire is recommended in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000. Partners Margaret Arnott and Gary Johnston, who jointly head up the firm’s trade mark team, have also been recognised as recommended individuals.

Praise for the firm includes: “Mathys’ advice is plotted on a spectrum of risk to cost and is always formulated with sensitivity to the wider commercial and industry context.”

‘London-based Margaret Arnott heads up the litigation team. “Her incisive and pragmatic approach, combined with her strong grasp of current market trends, saves clients time and money. Reasonable and level-headed, Margaret is adept at curtailing situations in which adrenaline and emotions are running high.”

“She is a privilege to work with. A true accelerator of businesses, she is knowledgeable, approachable and proactive.”

‘UK and European trademark and design attorney Gary Johnston “sees the big picture and is able to plan and execute sensibly and reliably”. Based in Manchester, he leverages his 25 years’ experience in anti-counterfeiting, global portfolio management and filing to his patrons’ best advantage.’

For more information and to see the full WTR 1000 rankings, please click here.

Managing IP – IP STARS

Mathys & Squire is ranked in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP STARS rankings for 2020. We have been highlighted for our expertise in the categories of ‘Patent prosecution’ and ‘Trade mark prosecution – patent & trade mark attorney firms’.

Partners Jane Clark, Paul Cozens and Hazel Ford are ranked as ‘Patent Stars’, while Margaret Arnott, Gary Johnston and Rebecca Tew are ranked as ‘Trade mark Stars’.

Attorneys Laura Clews and Miranda Kent have been ranked as ‘Rising Stars’ in the latest edition of the guide, with David Hobson and Andrew White identified as ‘Notable Practitioners’.

For more information about these rankings and to see our full overview, click here.

ISO 9001

We are proud to be ISO 9001 accredited. By meeting the standards of ISO 9001, the firm has shown commitment to providing a high level of customer service, delivering consistent performance and continuously improving. We pleased to be able to formalise our processes and gain recognition for our commitment to delivering a first-class service to our clients. 

ISO 14001

We are delighted to have achieved ISO 14001 accreditation. ISO 14001 focuses on environmental management and recognises that we are committed to improving environmental performance through efficient use of resources and reduction of waste. We are proud of being an environmentally aware firm.

To find out more about ISO 14001, please click here.