Intellectual Property

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Intellectual property

The directories

Penningtons Manches LLP's 'excellent' intellectual property department is instructed by clients such as Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce and new client Joseph Giles. Anna Frankum heads up the practice, alongside Oxford-based Chris Shelley, and focuses predominantly on non-contentious IP matters, Alex Fox handles disputes, both at litigation and arbitration.

The team builds a ‘long-lasting trust and successful cooperation’ with its clients. Shelley is particularly renowned for his work in the life sciences, publishing and engineering sectors; in one recent highlight he advised new client Inkpath on various issues including data protection and the implications of the GDPR, negotiating contracts and drafting an evaluation agreement. Trade marks specialist Gavin Stenton provides strategic brand protection advice to brand owners in a wide variety of sectors including fashion, sport, drinks, publishing and professional services. Joanne Vengadesan, who splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading, is also highly regarded, as is associate Holly Strube.

The Legal 500 - 2019 edition

Impressive IP practice acting for life sciences businesses, universities and their spin-offs, and also leading fashion, media and retail brands. Recommended for litigation, as well as licence and research agreements. Also noted for IT and software-related matters. 

Strengths: A client says: ‘The team is very user-friendly and are a pleasure to work with.’

Others add: ‘They are extremely responsive and very sensible.’

Notable practitioners
Chris Shelley is well known for his expert handling of licensing transactions on behalf of leading players in life sciences, engineering and publishing. One client says: ‘He's a very good technical lawyer with a very good commercial awareness.’

Joanne Vengadesan of Penningtons Manches LLP advises on software licensing, database rights agreements and trade mark matters. A client says ‘She’s extremely responsive, she communicates clearly and she’s a lovely person.’

Chambers UK - 2018 edition

Penningtons Manches LLP’s client list includes Levi Roots and All Saints. Recent highlights include advising Leon Restaurants on licencing and franchising issues, and assisting RocketSpace, a technology incubator for Uber and Spotify, in expanding its presence in the UK. Anna Frankum, who primarily focuses on non-contentious IP, is ‘highly professional’ and ‘efficient’.

Alex Fox is also a key contact.

Trade mark specialist Gavin Stenton handled several mandates for Oxford United FC. Life sciences, engineering and publishing sector expert Chris Shelley jointly heads the practice with London-based Anna Frankum, and advised Chronos Therapeutics on buying three pre-clinical programmes from a subsidiary of Shire.

Joanne Vengadesan, who splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading, is also highly regarded, as is associate Holly Strube.

The Legal 500 - 2017 edition

Impressive IP practice acting for life sciences businesses, universities and their spin-offs and also leading fashion, media and retail brands. Recommended for litigation as well as licence and research agreements.

Strengths: 'Experienced people with great knowledge, who are commercial and understand the technology market very well and execute deals efficiently.'

'They have been responsive, helpful and a pleasure to work with.'

Notable practitioners  

Chris Shelley specialises in complex licence agreements and acts for pioneers in life sciences and technology. Clients say: 'He has a brilliant grasp of commercial IP matters.'

Rachael Barber is highly regarded by leading fashion and retail brands for her handling of infringement disputes. A source notes: 'She is one of the best litigators I have come across - experienced, knowledgeable and she always takes account of the commercial considerations.'

Joanne Vengadesan is recommended for software licensing, database rights agreements and brand protection. Clients say: ‘She is an excellent negotiator and easy to work with.’

Chambers UK - 2017 edition

The patent practitioners at transactional titan Penningtons Manches deploy their keen commercial instincts and deep sectoral knowledge to superb effect. The South East is their natural stomping ground, thanks to offices in London, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading; but their patrons hail from all corners of the world.

IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2016

A great group of people with true quality across the board.

IAM Magazine, Patent 1000, 2013

With commercial law running through its DNA, this high-end group has a knack for brokering enduring patent licensing deals.

IAM Magazine, Patent 1000, 2013

Our clients

Since opening the company in 2007, Gordon Murray Design has used the services of the Penningtons Manches IP team extensively. Both Anna Frankum and Joanne Vengadesan have become very much part of our team. The legal, practical, commercial and incredibly honest approach they have is fundamental to our strength and flexibility in securing solid win-win contracts with new and existing clients. The relationship we have with Penningtons Manches is critical to our continued success and without this level of service and advice we would certainly not be where we are today.

Huw Owen, Managing director, Gordon Murray Design Limited

Forensic Archive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Home Office, manages a number of intellectual property portfolios relating to forensic science services on behalf of the UK Government. Penningtons Manches advises us on IP and commercial matters, and in particular we have worked with Hamish Corner for many years. Their team understands the environment in which we operate - they are knowledgeable in this area of law, and pragmatic and business-oriented in their approach.

Alison Fendle, Executive director, Forensic Archive Limited

Amadeus Software approached Penningtons Manches for the first time in 2013 and has been extremely pleased with the quality and level of service. We wanted advice on the intellectual property contained in the SAS consultancy and training work that we do. Here at last we have found solicitors who respond quickly, who have extensive legal knowledge of the IT industry, and who produce high quality results on time and within the estimates originally quoted.

Daniel Morris, Director, Amadeus Software Limited

With the successful launch of our ECLIPSE software suite, it was important to feel confident that we had a professional software licence agreement which was clear to the customer and minimised the exposure to Sapienza. Penningtons Manches made the process straightforward, giving pro-active advice in order to achieve the best approach for our business model.

Mike Bearman, Managing director, Sapienza Consulting Limited

The Penningtons Manches team has supported us for several years, drafting our template contracts for the supply of IT services (development, support, hosting) as well as helping us to review customer terms. We have always found them to be highly professional, reliable and thorough. Communication is easy and efficient and they respond quickly with clear advice.

Paul Spearman, Director, 3chillies Limited

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