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Supercritical Solutions

Supporting this start-up client, which is developing green hydrogen, from testing, advising on R&D options to attract investors, advising on options for licensing/manufacturing/acquisition, ensuring the IP strategy does not limit future commercial opportunities through diversification and meeting potential investors.


We have worked with this manufacturer of high-end commercial and domestic pizza ovens, which is disrupting the market. We have helped Gozney build on the success of their early domestic range with IP protection for their high-tech model, setting them apart from their competitors in the luxury end of the market in functionality, design and user experience. Starting with a detailed IP audit, we worked with the CEO and COO to develop an IP strategy and help establish a culture of innovation to stay ahead of the competition.

Wirth Research

We assisted Wirth Research in their high-growth phase of developing supermarket shelf edge technology that saves energy by maintaining a stable, invisible curtain of air. With a fast pace of development and demanding product launch schedules we rapidly build a defensive IP portfolio (with some patents granting in under 18 months). Working directly with board members we readied the IP portfolio for investment rounds.

Incanthera plc

We have advised this biopharma company providing cancer therapeutics from spin-out to IPO (and beyond), helping them to identify and protect valuable IP, with IP agreements and collaborations, and to prepare the sell-side due diligence for an IPO. We frequently adapted the IP strategy along this journey in response to budget constraints and opportunities.


Working from initial start-up through to acquisition by US-based company Mindspeed Technologies (and subsequently Intel). We regularly liaised with their CTO to discuss prospective inventions and the drafting, filing, prosecution and related advice for 30+ patent families and several important brand IP rights in Europe, the US and Asia.

Evolved Intelligence

Advising from initial start-up through to their acquisition by US-based Mobileum. We worked closely with the Founder and Systems Director to select inventions for filing and prosecution in view of a limited IP budget, handling the drafting and prosecution of these applications across their most important markets, including the US, Europe and South America. We also carried out a key part of due diligence in the run up to their acquisition.

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