Our History

Page Hargrave was formed in 1991 by the merger of two specialist intellectual property firms, Page & Co. in Bristol and Hargrave & Company in London. The origins of the firm of Page & Co. go back to the early 1980’s, when it was founded in Chippenham, Wiltshire by Edmund John Page, formerly Patents Manager at the very old and famous British Westinghouse engineering company, with that company as a client. The firm developed, took on more partners and in 1985 opened an office in Bristol, from where it could more effectively expand.

The firm of Hargrave & Company was formed in 1968 by Reginald Charles Hargrave, operating initially from premises in Kingsway, near the law courts in The Strand, London. In 1972 Hargrave & Company expanded through merger with the trade mark practice of Sefton-Jones, O’Dell and Stephens, and then again in 1982 with the acquisition of the firm Holborn Trade Mark Services.

In 1991 the opportunity for merger arose. Owing to the complementary skills and expertise in the two firms, and their similar visions for the future, the merger was successful and Page Hargrave came into being on 1 November, 1991. Both John Page and Reg Hargrave have now retired, but their founding work is recognised and remembered through the firm’s name – although we do still occasionally get called “Page Hargreave”, “Page Hargreaves”, “Page Hargraves” and the like!

Our head office is located in Bristol, which is the main city of the South West of England and the nearest English city to the UK Intellectual Property Office headquarters in Newport, South Wales. We also have an office at the Welwyn Garden City Biopark, which is located at the heart of the “Golden Triangle” between London, Oxford and Cambridge. Page Hargrave is exceptionally well placed to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future, and to continue to deliver a first rate service to all of its clients.