Since the discovery of bronze, alloys have been at the forefront of technological development. Despite thousands of years of human endeavour there are still many new discoveries in this field. We work at the cutting edge, helping our clients gain patent protection for alloys related to hydrogen storage, rare-earth magnets, corrosion resistance, magnetic refrigeration, to name a few.
At Carpmaels & Ransford we bring together the technical expertise of attorneys with academic backgrounds in Materials Science from top universities, with experience of navigating the legal nuances associated with patenting alloys.
For instance, the European Patent Office takes a particular approach to the examination of claims to alloys compared to other classes of chemical compositions. This can lead to problems if not accounted for when drafting patent applications. We know what to expect from European examiners, how to deal with the particular objections raised to alloy claims, and when to push back. For further information please see our briefing note here.
Our team can handle all aspects associated with patenting alloys, including coordinating global patent prosecution, EPO opposition and appeal proceedings, freedom-to-operate, litigation, and licensing.