Our IT specialists are continually pushing the boundaries by bringing important cases to appeal

Our team’s knowledge of the technical and legal framework governing computer-implemented inventions is superb

One of the biggest challenges for our profession is the patenting of software and processes that are implemented with the aid of a computer. This can be problematic, not only in Europe and the UK, but also in other jurisdictions.  

Our team’s deep understanding of the relevant legal issues means that we are skilled at crafting patent specifications that meet the strict requirements of patent offices worldwide. We continually push the boundaries in this area by bringing important cases to appeal before the European Patent Office and national patent offices, as well as in the courts.

Our knowledge of the issues involved is also invaluable in opposition cases and when disputes arise.  We are regularly asked by clients to advise at a strategic level on how to approach patenting in this field, and are frequently called upon to formulate policy with legislators and related organisations.

Senior Associates
Technical Assistants
Portfolio building – the journey from tech start up to multi-million dollar enterprise

From its first patent application to its acquisition by Microsoft, the Carpmaels & Ransford team worked closely with SwiftKey, widely regarded as one of London’s most successful start-ups, to build an impressive intellectual property portfolio. Key to the success of this project was the building of a close working relationship, with one main point of contact for the client, and the provision of appropriately skilled teams to deal with the various issues and technologies that arose. Our collaborative approach guided SwiftKey through patentability, acquisition of patents, designs and trademarks and freedom to operate, and involved counselling on diverse issues including licensing and agreements.

Team: Gary Small, Susannah Dragosavac, John Brunner, Jenny Archibald, Michael Nielsen, Ben Chapman