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"We have used Withers & Rogers for many years and they consistently provide excellent and thoughtful advice. In particular, their pragmatic and commercially based advice is invaluable in supporting our IP strategy. I would recommend using Withers & Rogers to any business that is looking for a top quality service underpinned with a real understanding of the commercial needs of the business."
Director of Innovation
King's College London

Withers & Rogers was originally established in 1884 and has since grown to become one of the largest intellectual property firms in Europe with over 85 patent and trade mark professionals.

We are a modern, progressive, responsive and growing business with a prestigious heritage. Today we work with some of the most advanced and renowned companies in the world.

Our history:

1884Messrs Withers and Spooner establish a practice in Chancery Lane, London, under the name “J.S. Withers and Spooner”.
1935J.S. Withers is joined in the business by his nephew J.M. (Martin) Wilson, and later by W.C. (Bill) Blatchford.
1950Martin Wilson and Bill Blatchford join J.S. Withers in partnership. The firm has by now developed a considerable overseas client base, particularly in the USA.
1973Withers and Spooner merges with Heron Rogers, to become Withers & Rogers.
1975A Leamington Spa office is established with the acquisition of Edgar Goddin & Co.
1986The first West Country presence is established by the purchase of M J Stephens & Co in Plymouth.
1989The Bristol office opens and, in time, absorbs the Plymouth office.
1997A Birmingham office is established with the acquisition of three small firms, one of which represented renowned inventor Michael Faraday in the 1850s.
2005Withers & Rogers moves from a partnership to an LLP structure.
2007The Birmingham and Leamington Spa offices merge to form a single Midlands office.
2009Withers & Rogers opens a new office in Sheffield, an initiative headed by Paul Foot and David McWilliams.
2014Withers & Rogers opens an office in Munich, close to the European Patent Office. The Munich office, led by Adrian Tombling, immediately proves popular with clients.
2019Withers & Rogers opens an office in the elegant Opéra district of Paris, an initiative led by Russell Edson.
2021Fiona McBride is elected to the position of Chair of Withers & Rogers.
2021The London offices move to the prominent and vibrant setting of 2 London Bridge.