On 2nd October 1989 Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, “Ride on Time” by Black Box was No 1 in the charts, and the Iron Curtain was still in place across Europe. It was also the day when this firm was born as “Loven & Co” (although the “& Co” was more aspirational than factual!). Keith Loven left his job in the GEC Patent Department in Chelmsford and set up in a tiny space in Moulsham Mill, a former flour mill.
The first office space under the eaves at Moulsham Mill – during windy weather, the desk would get sprinkled with flour displaced from the nooks and crannies of the old building!
Much has changed in the 30 years since then – we’ve been through quite a few Prime Ministers, and the charts are no longer based on the sale of vinyl discs! The Iron Curtain disappeared and some of the old soviet states became members of the European Union. The Internet has changed the way we work and the smartphone in your pocket is infinitely more powerful than the PC in the picture above (but costs less!).
During those 30 years, the firm has weathered several recessions, moved its base to Lincoln, pioneered paperless filing, adopted remote working for all staff and established successful working relationships with patent attorney firms in a wide range of countries around the world. The firm changed its name to LOVEN Patents & Trademarks on becoming a limited company in 2012.
Our current office in Sudbrooke, Lincoln.
While the firm is now well-established in Lincolnshire and Eastern England, some clients from the early days in Chelmsford are still clients of the firm – they appreciate the fact that we still offer a personal service. The firm has developed specialisms in agricultural technology, construction and green energy, while continuing to handle a wide range of other technologies.
Many thanks to all our friends for your help and support along the way. We look forward to continuing to work with all our clients, while welcoming new ones. Call us on 01522 801111 to see how we can help your business stay ahead of the competition.