About Us

Leading the Field
We are deeply involved in managing some of the world’s leading brands and IP portfolios

Our Firm

Leadership is our heritage and our future

When an entrepreneur named James Poole founded the firm that is now Carpmaels & Ransford back in 1776, he established a legacy that has shaped the world of intellectual property for over 200 years.

Today, from its offices in London, Dublin and Munich, Carpmaels & Ransford is a formidable presence in European intellectual property, acting on behalf of some of the world’s most innovative and successful companies. Never complacent, we are continually expanding our knowledge and experience by recruiting the brightest graduates and sharing our knowledge within the firm and throughout the profession.

We have the largest specialist life sciences group on one site in Europe. We protect some of the most commercially valuable pharma products in the world, and many of our biotech cases form the basis of EPO case law. We are also engaged by some of the world’s pre-eminent technology companies.

Our clients are diverse, from large corporates through to start-ups. With long standing client relationships in the US, Asia and across Europe, we are deeply involved in managing some of the world’s leading brands and IP portfolios.

James Poole’s motivation was to meet a need.  He wanted to help innovators and businesses simplify the process of obtaining a patent. To this day, we are driven by the desire to unravel complexity and guide our clients through the challenges of IP ownership and rights.

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Specialist Teams

Our people are bright with deep knowledge in their fields, broad experience and great inter-personal skills. Harnessing this knowledge and experience is our strength.


Our services are delivered by specialist teams with superb knowledge and professional skills

Whether you need to obtain a patent or trade mark, undertake a complex commercial transaction, manage a patent portfolio or settle a dispute, our teams will work seamlessly on your behalf.

With first-class patent and trade mark attorneys under the same roof as seasoned top-tier litigators, our combined experience provides an unrivalled service in drafting, prosecution and contentious proceedings.


Our practice is organised around five key sectors, each representing a pool of specialist knowledge

Developments in the law and technology are closely followed. Our knowledge is shared with our clients so that they are in no doubt that they are receiving relevant, in-depth advice.

That knowledge is also shared between teams, so that our legal and technical advice is informed by broader industry concerns and commercial solutions.