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Research & Development Solicitors & R&D Solicitors & R&D Lawyers

 

We are a modern and progressive research and development law firm and we operate new legal services business model, which combines the best aspects of a traditional law firm, with cutting edge developments in the modern provision of legal services.

 

What differentiates us from most traditional solicitors practises is that we operate a hybrid legal business services model. This means that in addition to employing lawyers, we also appoint consultant solicitors who deliver legal services on our behalf. Many of our consultant solicitors work remotely from low cost premises and using the latest IT infrastructure deliver fast, effective and efficient legal services.    

 

Our business model has a very low cost base. With the exception of our administrative headquarters, we only use serviced offices for basic needs such as telephone answering. Any additional fees for using meeting rooms are only incurred, as and when we use the rooms. Where possible we pass these cost savings back to our clients in the form of cost effective fee rates. We do not incur the significant cost overheads, including expensive premises, of more traditional law firms.

 

Our expert team of R&D solicitors deliver a wide range of science and also research and development legal services. We advise on joint collaboration and joint research and development projects and provide advice on development, ownership and cross licensing of intellectual property rights.    

 

Our research and development lawyers assist and advise scientific companies on a diverse range of legal matters including intellectual property and contractual matters. Our R&D lawyers include patent agents who can advise on the development and protection of patent rights. Our team also includes solicitors with expertise in advising on general intellectual property matters including exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights, contract law and corporate law including raising debt or equity finance.

 

We advise on the following:

 

  • Commercial R&D Contracts – Our research and development lawyers advise on joint research and development and commercial collaboration contracts. We provide specific guidance on the ownership of background and foreground intellectual property and any associated cross licensing arrangements.

  • R&D grants – We advise on grant application and tender documentation. Our team also advise on the formation of consortiums for the purposes of R&D grant applications, and in particular the contractual obligations of the members of the consortium in relation to the project.

  • R&D funding – Our research and development team advise on debt and equity funding arrangements. We have extensive experience of advising on equity investments, and we act for both investors and also management teams. We work with tax advisors to structure a tax efficient investment.

  • R&D Collaborations – We advised on both commercial and also corporate collaborations. In relation to corporate collaborations, we can advise on the most appropriate special propose vehicle (SPV) for your research and development project, including forming either a limited company, or limited liability partnership (LLP) joint venture vehicle.

  • Patent protection and exploitation – Our R&D lawyers include patent agents who can advise on patent protection, and applying for patent registration, whether in the UK or overseas. We can also advise on patent exploitation including patent licensing, and also patent enforcement including patent infringement claims.    

 

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OFFICES AND GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SERVICED BY US

 

We have offices in London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford (all by appointment only) and our administrative office is in Market Harborough, Leicester, Leicestershire.

 

We provide legal services all over England and Wales.

 

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CONTACT US

 

Please visit our Contact page and submit an enquiry form or contact us on 0800 567 7595 or if you are telephoning from a mobile on 01858 414284 or by email at enquiries@summerfieldbrowne.com

 

Alternatively, you can contact each of our offices on 020 3292 1306 (London); 0121 259 0005 (Birmingham); 01223 420252 (Cambridge); 01865 784098 (Oxford); 01858 414284 (Market Harborough); 0116 208 1495 (Leicester).

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