Franks and Co


Franks & Co is an established United Kingdom based firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys dedicated to protecting the ideas and innovations which drive businesses around the world. Our practice includes all aspects of patent, trade mark, designs, copyright and knowledge transfer.

Originally established in 1996 by Dr Robert Franks to serve domestic businesses in Sheffield and the UK, the firm quickly progressed into the specialist fields of telecommunications and internet patents at the time when the internet was emerging as a new commerce medium, and as mobile phones became the fastest growing technology in recent history.

Through a merger with the UK firm of Brian Lawrence in 1998 our trade marks department increased several fold, and strengthened our links with traditional industries. Through the merger we can now trace our business back to 1986. In recent years we have grown organically by matching a continuous infusion of technically qualified recruits, with both new and established technology, manufacturing, service and public sector clients in the UK, the US and far east.

The firm consolidated by incorporation as Franks & Co Limited on January 1st 2006.

In 2009 Franks & Co merged with the established Northampton based practice of T M Gregory, a traditional patent & trade mark agency focussing on strong client service and relationships. The T M Gregory business has since been strengthened with the addition of further European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, and forms the core of our southern base.

Based in Sheffield and Northampton in the United Kingdom, we are centrally located in Europe to act as an efficient portal for representing clients from the US, Japan, Korea, India and China in Europe. We represent clients before the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the European Patent Office, the Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market (Community Trade Marks and Designs Office), the UK Patent Office, the Irish Patents Office, and via our wide range of associates, in the US, Japan, China, India, Latin America and throughout the world.

Specialising only in intellectual property, we offer full service intellectual property coverage in a wide range of technologies and business sectors ranging from steel, manufacturing, oil and gas, chemicals, glass, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, bio technology, medical devices, electronics, semi conductors, aerospace, automotive engineering, consumer goods, retail, food, advertising, business methods, and bio technology.

We act for a range of clients, from the worlds largest multi national corporations, through to our local national client base including UK household names and leading consumer brands. Our clients benefit from our in-depth technical and commercial experience across a wide range of sectors.

Our core service is high quality drafting & prosecution work and independent, comprehensive and objective advice. Our multidisciplinary teams provide depth of experience combined with recent up to date technical knowledge to allow our clients the best overall package. We are experts in acquiring, securing and registering IP rights and managing IP portfolios.

We offer a sound commercial focus, good working relationships with our clients and sensitivity to our clients intellectual property budgets.

Once we have established a good relationship with our clients, we find that our clients tend to stay with us for many years.