Water management & water treatment

Regulation, climate change, increasing environmental standards, the requirement for supply resilience to global industry and the planet’s expanding population present broad challenges for the water management and treatment industry.

The technology emerging to respond to these requirements is diverse, spanning the treatment of wastewater with minimal environmental impact, desalination, transportation, infrastructure and more. 

Developments in drainage systems, water metering, flood defences, domestic water consumption management and leak monitoring and prevention are continuous, with Industry 4.0 providing real-time data to analyse and tune water networks to satisfy ceaseless demand for this essential resource.  

The HGF water management and treatment team’s expertise spans aerobic and anaerobic wastewater treatment plants and processes, electrochemical water treatment, sulphur removal processes, wastewater analysis, potable water pipes and fittings, filtration and ultrafiltration technology, desalination plants and processes, electrodeionisation (EDI) technology, clarifiers and separators and ion exchange resins and ion exchangers.  

Our large group of specialist patent, trade mark and IP solicitors, have expertise in engineering, microbiology, chemistry, electrochemistry and electronics, and advise large corporations, as well as universities and SMEs, in developing IP strategies for the geographical footprint of water technologies, including EMEA, Singapore, USA and Australia, covering IP protection, freedom to operate, licensing and exploitation and litigation across six European countries.

Latest updates

IAM Patent 1000 2021

The IAM Patent 1000 – the world’s leading patent professionals 2021 guide has now been published. HGF has 18 European attorneys listed. IAM Patent 1000 is a unique guide that …

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Event - 20th July 2021

WIPR Patents Live webinar: Protecting medical devices in Europe—avoiding common pitfalls

WIPR Patents Live is holding a complimentary session on July 20, at 5pm BST/12pm ET, where HGF Partner & Patent Attorney Kieran Killough will present on ‘Protecting medical devices in …

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Event - 13th July 2021

Webinar: Patents for the offshore sector

HGF is hosting a ‘Patents for the offshore sector’ webinar on 13th July, 2021. The webinar will be presented by HGF Patent Director Richard Gover. It will include an introduction …

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HGF continues its European expansion with the opening of a new business in France

HGF launched the next phase of its European expansion with the opening of its new business in France based in its 22nd European office, in Rennes, France. The office will …

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Medical technology most patented subject matter at EPO in 2020

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent applications also make top 10 most patented. Recent statistics published by the EPO show that a total of 14,295 European patent applications were filed in 2020 …

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How do you intend your software/app to be used?

Is your software/app a medical device? For over 10 years now, software used for medical purposes might be classified as a medical device under EU law. The rules were initially …

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The Internet of Medical Things

Exploring the growth of patents for connected medical devices, and how best to protect them. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to change our lives by creating a connected …

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Event - 9th June 2021

Webinar: Developing effective patent strategies for personalised medical devices in Europe and the US

HGF in Europe and Knobbe Martens in the US are holding a joint webinar on 9th June. In this webinar we will explore considerations for implementing an effective strategy to …

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If you would like to discuss how HGF could help you, contact one of our water management & water treatment specialists.