The firm is a specialist IP prosecution and litigation firm. Established in 1873 we are proud of our heritage but do not rely upon it. Our ethos is exclusively focused on meeting our clients’ needs and expectations now, and on providing our clients with professional advice and support services which are technically excellent, legally sophisticated and commercially astute.
We are a European firm with our primary offices in London the financial and legal centre of Europe, Liverpool in the commercial and industrial heartland of the UK and Munich the seat of the European Patent Office.
Our strong direct client base in Europe and a wide range of experience and expertise allows us to offer the highest standard of advice and assistance in this connection. We work closely with our direct clients, getting to know the businesses and technologies in question and thus advising from a position of knowledge and experience.
We also have a substantial client base overseas and a commensurate network of professional relationships in literally every IP functioning jurisdiction worldwide. The firm believes that its experience in meeting the day to day needs of its direct domestic clients provides the best possible background for understanding the issues faced by its overseas clients and advising on European prosecution and enforcement issues with a strong appreciation of their commercial priorities. Advice from the firm is therefore given from the standpoint of commercial as well as technological and legal awareness.
Expertise within the firm covers an extensive range of technologies, from electronic engineering and mechanical sciences, through to chemistry and biotechnology, and our team includes specialists in trade mark prosecution and enforcement. Litigation specialists also form an integral part of the firm's professional base.Show more +
Sarah Turp is a European Patent Attorney and Chartered UK Patent Attorney, working as a Senior Associate in the chemistry and life sciences team at WP Thompson.
With a background in chemistry, Sarah’s work has encompassed a wide range of subject-matter including energy storage, semi-conductor technologies, pharmaceuticals and biologically active materials, materials science, and medical methods and device technologies. Since joining the profession in 2014, her work has included drafting and prosecuting applications before both the UK Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office, including representing clients at oral proceedings and appeals before the EPO. Sarah also has experience working on litigation and oppositions in both the UK and Europe.
With a keen interest in the nuances of patent law and problem solving, Sarah has worked on applications in a multitude of fields to develop strategies for advancing prosecution and securing protection. She has also worked with clients varying from large multinational companies down to lone inventors and SMEs to prosecute and manage patent applications in numerous countries across the globe.
Graduating from Oxford University in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry, and a particular focus on analytical studies and the synthesis and characterisation of inorganic materials, Sarah completed her PhD studying the chemical control of electronic and magnetic functional materials at St Andrews University. With a particular focus on the development of piezoelectric materials for medical ultrasound and sonar applications, Sarah’s background lends itself well to the application of new materials and technologies in real-world applications.
Sarah is also a member of the Patents Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA) and a contributor to the United Kingdom chapter of International Pharmaceutical Law and Practice by Madelein Kleyn and Louis van Wyk.Show more +