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Advanced Materials

New developments in materials science can hold huge commercial value

IP in the advanced materials sector

Innovation in advanced materials is enabling humanity to solve some of its biggest global challenges. Significant historical developments in energy capture, healthcare, communications, transport and many other industries have primarily been made possible by the application of novel materials; yet we have still only scratched the surface.

Exports containing advanced materials are estimated to be worth £53 billion to the UK economy with 15% of UK GDP being dependent on materials. More new materials have been made in the past 20 years than in the rest of history and the sector is rapidly developing. With these advances in research and innovation, it is vital that novel materials are protected from an intellectual property perspective, helping innovations to be commercialised.

Our expertise

At Wilson Gunn, our advanced materials team has experience working with clients who are at the forefront of materials science research and application. We act for universities, advanced material manufacturers and companies that integrate the latest innovative materials into components and systems; and across sectors as diverse as marine, energy, steel, optics and automotive as well as many others.

Our patent attorneys have sought patent protection in relation to inventions involving steel, alloys, graphene, composite materials, fine chemicals, elastomers and polymeric materials, and for a variety of advanced material manufacturing processes, such as smelting, moulding, vulcanisation, galvanising, semi-conductor processing and additive manufacturing.

In addition to patent protection, we also advise companies on other issues in this sector including design matters, trade marks and licensing of patented technology.

If your business requires assistance with intellectual property protection, please get in touch to speak to one of our attorneys.

Our advanced materials team