Barker Brettell launches ‘Euro IP’ microsite for US paralegals

Birmingham headquartered Intellectual Property (IP) advisor Barker Brettell LLP, has launched ‘Euro IP’ – a microsite designed specifically for US IP paralegals looking for information, guidance and news on the European IP framework. Euro IP aims to become the ‘go-to’ hub for the state-side IP paralegal community by offering free expert advice about European patent systems and procedures and keeping users abreast of regulatory developments. It also allows quick and easy access to Barker Brettell’s team of IP professionals for further advice and support as and when required.

Recent market research by the firm revealed that for many US based IP paralegals, legal secretaries, patent managers and others performing a similar role; finding the right information on European IP can be a real challenge. According to feedback, while there are numerous sources available, many of them (including some official websites) can be confusing, limited or just not detailed enough. In response, Barker Brettell has built a clear and easy-to-navigate microsite which provides a bank of downloadable, ‘how-to’ documents that collectively give guidance on how to navigate the often-complicated European patent, design and trade mark systems.

“We built the site to create an innovative solution to a real-life problem; ultimately to help make our clients’ lives a little easier where possible,” said John Lawrence, senior partner at Barker Brettell. “The site provides a wealth of useful information that gives practical advice which is easy to find and all in one place. At the request of our clients and contacts, we have covered specific topics such as implementing a restoration plan at the EPO if a deadline has been missed – something we have helped lots of US firms with over the years. We want to help US IP paralegals by delivering meaningful improvements that will help them day-to-day and contribute to their job success.”

The launch of Euro IP follows the firm’s Munich office opening which took place last summer, further strengthening its position as a European IP expert in advance of Brexit.

“Whether or not we’re in the European Union won’t make any difference to our knowledge and understanding of the European IP framework,” continued John. “We will continue to act as European representatives for clients all over the world, either from our UK or Munich offices.”

You can visit Barker Brettell’s Euro IP microsite at