Schlich is an IAM 1000 recommended firm of European and UK patent and trade mark attorneys, focusing on protection and enforcement of intellectual property in biotech, chemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical technologies.
We act for local, national and international clients and, with help from our overseas associates, we protect and enforce IP globally.
Technically, we are a mix of chemists, biochemists and geneticists. This is reflected in our client list, which includes multinational pharmaceutical companies, major biotech companies, international law firms and closer-to-home UK companies that carry out waste destruction, paint recycling, bacteriophage therapies and food processing (to name a few!).
Contentious matters represent a speciality of ours; we have particular expertise before the Opposition Divisions and Appeal Boards of the European Patent Office and have acted before the UK IPO, the UK courts and trade mark tribunals in the UK and at the EUIPO. Namely, we are presently at the forefront of the CRISPR patent battles at the EPO, representing Intellia Therapeutics, Inc.
Technology enables us to operate remotely and from our offices located in Littlehampton, on the south coast of England. Tradition and proper records enable us to act to the highest professional standards. Our weekly team meetings and day-to-day teamwork make us a cohesive unit, and sharing of knowledge and experience means our clients are always supported by the whole team.
We provide employees with full training, ranging from in-house tutorials to external training through recognised professional bodies. Training extends across the whole firm and applies to all, and every voice is regarded as important; the attorneys participate in monthly meetings to discuss and remain updated on relevant case law, whereas the support meetings are focused on running through updates on electronic filing procedures, new rules and best practice in patent and trademark formalities.
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome recruits from all backgrounds. For enquiries regarding work experience and mentoring opportunities or job applications, please email Keira Denton (our practice manager).