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    Schlich is an IAM 1000 recommended firm of European and UK patent and trade mark attorneys, with an experienced support team including paralegals, secretaries and accounts staff. Technically, we are a mix of chemists, biochemists and geneticists.

    We are particularly experienced in handling biotech, chemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical technologies; however, we see a wide variety of inventions, which gives us the chance to explore new fields to those within which our attorneys have studied in their academic careers.

    Our attorneys have experience in obtaining and enforcing IP rights not only in the UK; we protect and enforce IP rights globally.

    Our clients range from close-to-home UK individuals and SMEs to multinational pharmaceutical / biotech companies and international law firms. Our range of local, national and international clients can result in exciting travel opportunities for those who are interested.

    Our workload is not limited to patents; we regularly advise on the registrability of trade marks and designs and help clients identify the existence of unregistered rights.

    Contentious matters represent a speciality of ours; we have particular expertise before the Opposition Divisions and Appeal Boards of the European Patent Office. Namely, we have enjoyed considerable success in a series of high-profile oppositions relating to CRISPR patents.

    We provide full training, ranging from in-house tutorials to external training via 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 case law, and support meetings are held to discuss new rules and best practice.

    Our weekly team meetings and day-to-day teamwork make us a cohesive unit, and sharing of knowledge and experience means we support our clients as a team.

    We are an equal opportunities employer and a signatory of IP Inclusive’s EDI Charter. We welcome recruits from all backgrounds without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.

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    Employee Numbers (approx.)

    • No. of Employees: 25
    • No. of Partners: 2
    • No. of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 10
    • No. of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 3
    • No. Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 5

    Office Locations

    • Littlehampton, West Sussex

    Areas of Specialism

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Electronics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering - Other
    • Life Sciences
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Physics
    • Technology
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