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

Enforcement and defence of multiple European patents for Align Technology

Carpmaels & Ransford acted for Align Technology in its long running dispute with ClearCorrect in relation to Align’s well-known dental technology Invisalign®, and its aligner design software.

The team, which included litigators and patent attorneys, handled patent infringement litigation before the UK High Court while defending Align’s European patents in opposition appeal proceedings before the Board of Appeal. The team also acted as EU coordinating counsel with a particularly active role on the parallel related EPO proceedings.