15th Anniversary of Franks & Co

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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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Franks & Co are celebrating our 15th anniversary.

The firm started on May 29, 1996 from a single room in the Sheffield Technology Park, in the industrial heartland of England. Initially the practice focused on internet and telecommunications patents, working for companies such as Nortel Networks, HP, Microsoft and Kodak.

In 1997, we moved out of the technology park into one floor of a small office in central Sheffield, and soon we needed to take on two floors. In 1998, we merged with the practice of retiring patent agent Brian Lawrence, which gave us a broader range of national work. This proved to be very timely, as specialist internet work suffered a decline in the stock market decline of 2000.

Since then, we have grown organically from one patent attorney to our present size of eight patent and trade mark attorneys.

In 2009, the practice merged with that of retiring patent attorney Timothy Gregory, which broadened the footprint of the firm to offices in Sheffield and in Northampton.

Along the way, we have filed and prosecuted patents, trade mark and design applications for our clients in almost every country of the world, we have acted for the world's largest corporations including HP, Microsoft, Panasonic, and others through the range of mid sized companies, Universities and down to the smallest individual inventor.

We have take on 12 new graduates to train up as patent and trade mark attorneys and created 18 jobs. Franks & Co staff have so far produced 13 new babies in the past 15 years.

It takes a long time to build a successful patent and trade mark agency, and 15 years is only the start of our journey. For all our clients and staff, we hope that the next 15 years will be equally interesting. Although we expect our organisation and our clients to evolve and change, we will stand by our core values of high quality work and efficient service.

Thank you to all our staff past and present who have helped to build up Franks & Co.

Stephane Ambrosini Iain Croft Philipa Jennings Beverly Richardson 
Kosser Amin Robert Dickson Tracy Johnston Estelle Senior
Debbie Ashmore Estelle Dodworth    Ithel Jones

Sue Shortt

Jonathan Banford

Nicola Edwards

Manfred Kurt

Anita Shurey

Laura Batty

Robert Franks

Catherine Lichota  

Niki Taylor

Gurpreet Bhambra

Hiren Gandhi

Sue Line

Dean Thomas

Claire Birch

Laura Green

Joanne Ludlam

Helen Tomlinson

Georgina Bray

Timothy Gregory

Robert Manning

Elspeth Wadcock

Jill Castledine

Sarah-Jo Hall

Matthew Mitchell

Tracy Webb

Richard Clegg

Rachel Hearson

Louise Mortimer

Toni White

Anna-Louise Coupland 

Graham Hulse

Trish Neild

Helen Whitham

Nikki Craig

Nick Jackson

Martin Neilson




Article Published June 6, 2011