Defence and security

Read about our experience in the defence and security sector – where safeguarding intellectual property is imperative.

Defence and security are two sectors known for innovation, where shielding intellectual property is imperative.

When you engage with us you can be assured that you will be working with an attorney who specialises in defence and security inventions. You can draw on our extensive experience in this field, and we can offer guidance on all available options for patent applications.

We work with a variety of clients in this sector; from large multi-national defence contractors involved in many different technologies, to global businesses focusing their IP in core areas, to SMEs with new and innovative ideas. We tailor our advice to you and cut out the jargon; factors that are important for many businesses and reflect why clients enjoy working with us.

How we help

Large companies

As well as more traditional outsourced drafting and prosecution work, we help with inventor education programs and invention capture processes. For some businesses we regularly work on-site with in-house teams, helping to support invention capture and developing a patent strategy. Further back along the supply chain, we look after portfolios directly, helping decision-makers with filing and prosecution strategies. We can help you with the special requirements that apply to patent and design applications and any trade mark protection relating to defence and security inventions.


We recognise that protecting your products and services may be fundamental to the lifeblood of your growing business, but that the complexity of intellectual property may be unfamiliar to you and your team. By taking the time to understand you and your business, we aim to help you to identify and prioritise your intellectual property, to support your commercial and business objectives. We collaborate with you so that you can focus on the things that are important to you, safe in the knowledge we are taking care of the intellectual property tasks entrusted to us.

Brand protection

A brand can be the most valuable asset of your business and is used to identify your company amongst your competitors, to attract customers and to convey your values, mission and purpose.

Protecting your brand, particularly if you import or export goods, will be key to the commercial success of your business. We understand that brand protection involves more than securing trade mark registrations: we work with a range of companies in the defence sector where we add by taking a holistic approach that best supports your commercial strategy.

Our team of brand protection experts are here to advise and guide you. We can support you whether you are an emerging or a well-known brand recognised for quality and innovation in this sector.

"We have had a long relationship with Abel + Imray and value their expertise in guiding us through the process of product protection and have been extremely lucky to work with some of their best patent attorneys."

James White, Director, Shield Sights Ltd


We have a wide range of engineering and scientific experience within the sector, including:

  • Military communications
  • Ballistic armour
  • Aerial delivery systems
  • Cyber security
  • Telecommunications
  • Lasers and other optical and imaging systems
  • Software and simulations
  • Electronics
  • Firearm sights
  • Avionics
  • Radar
  • Drones
  • Composites
  • Munition direction and guidance systems
  • Control systems
  • Propulsion
  • Novel aerodynamic control systems
  • Vehicle arresting systems

Whether you are interested in patents to mark out your research territory, license out your technologies, deter competitors or benefit from tax relief, we will work with you to advise and manage your intellectual property portfolio to align with your business priorities.

To discuss your needs in confidence, please contact Matthew Critten.