Who we are

Rouse is an IP services business focused on emerging markets. We operate as a closely integrated network to provide the full range of intellectual property services, from patent and trade mark protection and management to commercialisation, global enforcement and anti-counterfeiting.

The Rouse Difference

We specialise in the most challenging business environments in the world.

Rouse goes where others have traditionally feared to tread. And we’ve been doing so for longer than just about any other law firm. We’ve long-standing experience and relationships in Asia, Africa, India and the Middle East, for example, because this is where our clients need us to be. In each case, our employees and offices work as a single, integrated team.

We’re part of the specialist teams that are helping create and advise on new laws.

The Rouse Network doesn’t just advise on the law, it helps define it. Thanks to our reputation and the regard in which we’re held, we’re regularly asked to work with IP organisations to shape and draft new laws. Recent examples include customs regulation and trade mark laws for emerging markets such as Myanmar. 

We’re more than just a service provider.

Rouse doesn’t fit into the traditional business model – we’re proud to say we’re different. As an IP specialised services business focused on emerging markets, we wanted to model our business on the roles and responsibilities of in-house teams with a broad view of the IP needs of our clients.



We’re nice people to do business with.

Everyone we meet comments on the Rouse Difference. We’re non-hierarchical, creative and results-oriented. We focus on getting to know our clients really well, working collaboratively in a true partnership to achieve their objectives.

We also build strong and long relationships with both our staff and clients – on average, our employees have worked with us for more than 12 years, while our key clients have been around for even longer. Our fees are also reasonable and totally transparent.

We care passionately about the communities in which we operate.

Supporting the communities in which we work and, importantly, in which our employees live, is something we take seriously. We drive initiatives such as the BioEconomy Academy, which helps protect the natural resources of developing countries. Our IP Ambassadors are focused on bringing into the IP profession young people who might not otherwise have the chance. And Rouse Cares, which aims to improve the lives of others through sustainable initiatives, is a central part of our commitment. We don’t just talk about social responsibility, or do it to add weight to our pitches. We do it because we care.

Our History

Rouse began life in 1990 as little more than a lawyer and a big idea. Peter Rouse's vision was to set up a specialist business that not only offered the best enforcement solutions, but also worked closely with clients in a way that big firms couldn't. Fast forward more than 25 years, and Rouse has achieved both objectives and more. Operating as a network of local subsidiaries and closely aligned independent firms working seamlessly together, Rouse is now widely recognised as one of the world’s leading global IP firms.

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Who we work for

Our clients include many of the world’s leading IP owners, as well as a range of small and medium-sized enterprises who understand that their IP strategy should be closely integrated with their business strategy.

At Rouse, we believe that we only carry as good as the reputation as our clients. We have the privilege of working alongside some of the world's leading IP owners as well as a number of up and coming businesses. Our clients share a collective understanding of the value and importance of a closely integrated and well-constructed IP strategy.

We are equipped with professional IP specialists who work in industry-focused teams to service a broad range of sectors including: Chemical, Consumer, Energy & Cleantech, Life Sciences, Manufacturing & Industrial and Technology, Media & Telecoms.

Our Board

Our Board is made up of knowledgeable, experienced and highly respected individuals from a range of countries and disciplines within the business. It is elected every three years.

Rouse operates as a Network consisting of local subsidiaries of Rouse & Co International (Holdings) LLP and closely aligned but independent firms which work seamlessly together on engagements. Which elements of work are done by which entity depends entirely on the differing regulatory provisions applicable in each country.