New technical inventions created by inventors are often most effectively protected by patents. At Ablett & Stebbing Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, we believe that the key to understanding and advising on patent issues is through a thorough comprehension of the inventive technology, as well as the legal concerns involved.

We are very aware of the need to translate every possible aspect of our client's ingenuity into a protectable right. To this end, we aim to work closely with the inventor towards a common goal, and adopt a pro-active role in developing a complete understanding of the invention and its alternatives.

As scientists with various academic specialities, our team of patent attorneys has a thorough experience of a wide range of technologies. Through many years of practicing before the UK Patent Office, the European Patent Office, and Patent Offices in other countries, we have a first hand knowledge of how to prepare patent specifications and surmount the various obstacles that may be raised before a patent is granted.

As patent attorneys trained in the various aspects of Patent Law, we also advise on both the offensive and defensive legal aspects of patents, including conducting clearance searches, assessing infringement and validity, and litigating before the Courts.

We are regulated by the Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg).


Having worked as Chartered Patent Attorneys in both private practice and industry, Peter Stebbing and Graham Ablett set up their own firms in 1982 and 1988 respectively. In 1993, they decided to become partners and founded the firm of Ablett & Stebbing.

Since the founding of the firm, we have progressively expanded from the initial two partners, to the present day multi-disciplinary firm of intellectual property specialists covering all legal and technical disciplines within the field - from biotechnology to information technology, from chemistry to mechanical engineering. We have grown to represent a diverse range of clients from all parts of the world, including small enterprises, Universities, and multinational corporations in Europe, Japan and the United States of America.

Graham Ablett continues to be a partner of the firm. Peter Stebbing passed away in 2011.