History

Celebrating the past, looking to the future.

Our roots are very much in the world of intellectual property. In 1871, Messrs Abel and Imray – both engineers and founding members of the Institute of Patent Agents – established our firm of patent attorneys in London. 

Over the next 110 years, our reputation and client base grew. Until, in the 1980s, a wealth of work from the South West called for a second office to be opened in Bath. From that point we continued to expand, branching out to Cardiff in the early 2000s. We have a base in Munich where we prepare for European Patent Office hearings, and more recently we opened an office in Spain to strengthen our European capability following the UK's departure from the EU.

Today, our size is our strength. We’re big enough to offer wide-ranging experience and legal expertise, but with a small-firm mentality that means we give each of our clients a personalised service.