Secerna appointment supports drive for environmental technology

Pictured are Jason Boakes and Charlotte Watkins, partners of Secerna

Intellectual property specialist Secerna LLP has been appointed by Sheffield-based global technology group Xeros Technology to support the company’s in-house intellectual property team.

Xeros has developed world leading environmentally friendly technologies which are used in garment manufacturing, domestic and commercial laundry, and microfibre filtration.

Secerna patent attorneys are now working alongside the team at Xeros to look after parts of the company’s international intellectual property portfolio, covering a wide range of geographies including Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Secerna’s work, which accounts for a significant proportion of the Xeros patent portfolio, includes progressing applications on existing and newly developed technologies.

Xeros has developed technologies to reduce the amount of water, energy and chemicals required to manufacture and launder garments and fabrics and also the abatement of microplastics pollution.

The company licences its technologies to some of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers in these fields. The company was named one of 50 ‘Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles’ in August this year.

Secerna partner Jason Boakes said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Xeros team, whose innovative technologies have created sustainable solutions in laundry and apparel manufacturing across the globe. The fact that they are a fellow Yorkshire business is the cherry on the cake.”

Xeros Global IP director Gordon Ellis said: “Xeros’ business model is to generate license income through our IP. Put simply, without robust patents and geographic coverage we would not have a business. That’s why we choose the IP specialists we work with very carefully.

“We’re delighted to be working with Secerna on our IP portfolio. They have an excellent reputation and we were impressed by the breadth of knowledge and expertise. They are a vibrant and enthusiastic team and already they have helped us progress several patent applications to successful allowance and grant.”

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