The construction sector is a significant contributor to the UK economy. In 2018 it contributed £117 billion to UK economic output – 6% of the total – and it employs in excess of 3.1 million people.
The sector has been under increasing pressure to provide cost effective construction solutions, whilst minimising the environmental impact. This has led to an increase in the number of companies developing innovative products and processes which helped R&D expenditure in the construction sector reach a record £351 million in 2019, an increase of 9.7% on the previous year. In a sector which has previously seen relatively low levels of investment in R&D, the shift towards innovation will see intellectual property play an increasingly important role as companies seek to protect their investment and increase their market share.
Our patent and trade mark attorneys have extensive experience of working with clients in the construction sector. We act for a number of companies, including multinational corporations as well as small niche enterprises. We have sought patent protection on behalf of our clients for a range of technologies, such as innovative building materials and ventilation systems. We have also advised clients on the protection of ‘green’ inventions designed to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impact.
Our clients include market leaders in specialist building products and, as such, our attorneys have a wealth of experience in seeking protection for technological developments within this sector.
In addition to patent protection, our attorneys can also advise companies on other issues in this sector including design matters, trade marks and licensing of patented technology.
To discuss how we can help protect your intellectual property, please get in touch to speak to a member of our construction team.