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.’

Mathys & Squire’s 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 2021.

The ‘business-oriented and flexible’ firm is noted for being a ‘highly regarded patent and trade mark practice with an impressive client list drawn from many different industries’. Praise for the team includes:

‘Mathys & Squire offers talent, organisation, sound judgement and responsiveness at exceptional levels‘.

‘They are friendly, approachable, and you feel you are talking to someone who is a member of your team rather than a contractor, which is a huge strength.’

Partner Martin MacLean, who is ‘a biochemistry and biotech expert responsible for prosecuting often revolutionary and highly valuable patent portfolios’, has maintained his Band 1 for the 2021 guide. He is praised for being “A charming and highly capable lawyer with extensive sector-specific experience.” “He has great scientific knowledge.”

Click here to see Mathys & Squire’s full Chambers UK profile for the 2021 edition.

IAM Patent 1000

Mathys & Squire is recommended for patent prosecution in the 2021 edition of IAM Patent 1000:

“Mathys & Squire is dynamic and exceptional in its service. The team helps clients to adapt their strategies in line with business developments and proactively responds to changing external circumstances. Communication is clear and concise, even in relation to the most highly specialised and technical patent applications.”

Much of its work takes place in a cross-border context, thanks to its extensive geographical footprint: a 10-office network across the United Kingdom and Europe is complemented by further outposts in China and Japan.

Making their debuts in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2021 are electronics wizards Alan MacDougall and Paul Cozens. Cambridge office head MacDougall takes the lead in managing the firm’s Japanese business development; while Cozens is an intelligent builder of patent portfolios with an affinity for the cutting-edge fields of AI and cryptocurrency. “Paul has a winning combination of technical ability and commerciality, and is a pleasure to work with. He has dealt with some challenging projects and maintains a positive attitude even when faced with admittedly difficult tasks.”

Other newcomers are Dani Kramer and Andrew White – the former a prolific patent filer and smooth broker of technology-based agreements who is responsible for growing the firm’s Israeli practice; the latter a physicist who mentors start-ups in the medtech, software, telecommunications and automotive fields. “Dani practically unfolds his knowledge in simple terms, providing highly targeted and tactical advice, and painting a clear strategic map.”

“Andrew shows great technical understanding, ensures that the core IP is well defined at an early stage, facilitates joint creative thinking and is always available for a productive discussion.”

The final fresh face in the rankings is biotechnology and life sciences ace Anna Gregson, who is especially at home working with university technology transfer organisations: she is currently conducting patent searches for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in relation to small molecule therapeutics.

Returning to the IAM Patent 1000 this year are Jane ClarkMartin MacLeanCraig Titmus and Christopher Hamer. Clark has been delighting high-technology concerns and universities alike for more than 30 years with the sage global strategy and lucrative IP-related agreements she masterminds. MacLean exhibits a deft touch in managing the portfolios of both corporations and governmental organisations – especially in the biotechnology sphere – and has conducted more than 100 EPO opposition hearings, with a 90%-plus success rate. Titmus also excels in administrative proceedings and shares MacLean’s proficiency for working with players in the vaccine and therapeutic antibody fields; while chemistry boffin Hamer leads the firm’s efforts in China and is “a pragmatic and proactive professional who frames legal issues in a commercial context”. Recent successes include helping Acell Industries to patent its cutting-edge covid-19 related air filtration technology.

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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 2021 edition of World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000 directory. Praise for the firm includes: ‘Recommended without hesitation for its “professional, responsive and wide-ranging service”, the “extremely approachable” Mathys & Squire has an unimpeachable record in protecting and enforcing the cornerstone brands of top UK and international companies.’

Partners Margaret Arnott and Gary Johnston, who jointly head up the firm’s trade mark team, have also been recognised as recommended individuals:

‘Praised to the rafters, Arnott is a 20-year partner at the firm with “profound knowledge of the trademarking process and the ability to lead negotiations effortlessly”. “She sets a benchmark for the IP legal world that is difficult to beat.” Arnott has a commercial solicitor background and is well placed for contentious combat – an important component of her sophisticated, broad-based trademark practice.’

Johnston is a “good strategist and clear thinker who keeps his eye trained on commercial realities”. “He’s hugely knowledgeable, proactive and great fun to work with.” Prosecution and anti-counterfeiting sage Johnston has a global sphere of influence: he undertakes challenging tasks for The Cotswolds Distilling Company and has enjoyed protection success in Europe and the United States, with filings pending in China too.’

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.