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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†¬†in Cambridge has ‚Äėa team that is modest in size but works well with client and counsel, and is as good as any and better than most; it provides good, prompt and thorough advice‚Äė. The firm‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledge seems to be top-drawer, especially at the partner level', remarks one client. The firm has six IP partners in its national team, of which two are based in Cambridge.¬†Partner and solicitor advocate Adrian Toutoungi¬†is the key contact and his clients report ‚Äėexcellent service and knowledge of the law; he is¬†very responsive'. He recently assisted the¬†UK Intellectual Property Office with the enforcement of a judgment against a defendant in Sweden, following a high-profile victory at trial in proceedings for trade mark infringement and passing off.¬†Co-head of the firm‚Äôs global intellectual property practice Simon Crossley, who is also head of healthcare and life sciences, is also recommended for IP work. He recently advised a financial institution on market data licensing arrangements. The firm counts Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Holland & Barrett International Limited, China National Nuclear Corporation and Cell Therapy Catapult among its clients.

At Mills & Reeve LLP 'the overall level of service is fantastic with rapid response times and well-communicated dates for deliverables; the firm goes above and beyond to ensure the appropriate advice is given'. The practice is known for 'providing practical advice and making complex issues understandable'. The firm acts for start-ups and spin-outs, small to mid-cap biotechnology and technology companies, and high-value brand businesses. Among its healthcare sector clients are Atlantic Healthcare, Virgin Care and Royal Marsden Hospital. Practice head Alasdair Poore is a leading light in the market. He manages the international trade mark portfolio of Queen Mary University of London, which includes filing and prosecution work. New arrival James Fry, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to lead the life sciences group, has extensive experience in IP, particularly in the areas of technology and brand transfer, product development, R&D agreements and IP strategy. Also recommended are principal associates Richard Plaistowe and Nicola Hanglin, who handle IP protection and enforcement.

Stobbs IP rates '10/10' for its high-end brand management work and clients remark that it is 'good in all areas of IP'. The niche IP firm was formed five years ago by Julius Stobbs, who has extensive experience in trade mark, registered design and copyright law, and its prime focus is on brand management. Stobbs, senior solicitor Chris Sleep and senior trade mark attorney Clare Sugden 'have good knowledge of the law and develop strong client relationships'. The firm climbs the ranking on the strength of its stellar client base, which includes Facebook, Converse, Boots, Barclays, Glencore, McDonald's, O2, PepsiCo, PurpleBricks and Grandmaster Flash. For Facebook and its subsidiaries, the firm advises on trade mark strategy and enforcement, which in 2017 included 80 UK and European Union trade mark opposition, cancellation and invalidity actions. For new client AG Barr, which owns soft drink brands such as Irn Bru and Snapple, the practice conducted a full audit of IP assets.

At Taylor Vinters 'value for money is strong, response times in litigation are good and the firm clearly compares with Silver or Magic Circle firm in terms of knowledge', according to one client. Patrick Farrant leads the 'thorough, responsive and clear' practice, which provides 'excellent service and good value, given that it is so partner-led'. Clients describe Farrant as 'very commercial and considered - he will always think about the practical implications of the drafting - and he is also solutions-oriented and personable'. The firm has a strong team of partners working between its Cambridge and London offices, including Gareth Dickson for contentious IP matters, Louisa Dixon  for brand protection and trade mark work, Chris Keen for expert advice to start-up and emerging technology businesses on IP matters. Senior counsel David Rainford is also highly regarded for biotechnology and IP work. Among the firm's many highlights was Dickson's work for a US-based international IP rights holder with over 300 licensees worldwide on trade mark disputes in Europe, including opposition proceedings, cancellation actions and a relative grounds refusal. Dixon acted for Bridgestone Americas in UK and EU trademark clearance, registration and portfolio maintenance matters. Go Ape, Atlas Genetics, Merz Pharma and the Earlham Institute are also among the firm's clients.

At Taylor Wessing LLP 'domain expertise is second to none in the UK, response times are rapid and the breadth of knowledge is vital for clients'. The firm is known for its focus on the life sciences and technology sectors, and its transactional team in Cambridge specialises in complex global licensing, collaboration deals and contract disputes. Its client base comprises leading names in IP-rich industries such as telecoms, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices, electronics, software, automotive, cleantech and energy. Malcolm Bates, who is a partner in the IP and IT group and head of the life sciences practice, and specialist IP and regulatory partner Tim Worden are the key contacts. Their clients include Oxford BioMedica, Ceres Power, Teva and Cambridge Nanotherm. Recent highlights for Bates include advising French biotechnology company TxCell on a strategic manufacturing agreement with Lentigen Technology that could lead to first-in-man clinical studies targeting the prevention of chronic rejection after organ transplantation.

Birketts LLP¬†‚Äėhas good knowledge of UK and international IP and trade mark law, and it consistently represents¬†good value for money versus London-based international specialist firms‚Äô. One client remarks that the firm is ‚Äėas capable of serving our needs as an SME with global exports and IP needs as any more expensive specialist firm'. ‚ÄėPrompt, thorough and to-the-point‚Äė senior associate Nellie Jackson¬†leads the practice and has ‚Äėgood all round knowledge and provides speedy turnaround'. One client remarks that she ‚Äėprovides very commercial and practical advice and understands the market'. She assists Greene King with the management of its trade mark portfolio, which includes¬†clearance searches, the registration of proposed brands, UK and worldwide trade mark filings, UK and EU trade mark opposition proceedings, infringement actions and allegations and ad hoc IP advice.¬†Experienced technology partner¬†Quentin Golder¬†also plays a key role in the practice.

At Hewitsons 'the level of service is exemplary, response time is excellent - especially if things are flagged as time-critical - and the level of understanding of our specialised business area is often astounding', according to one client. For a client base that includes SMEs, multinational companies and Cambridge colleges, the practice handles the international licensing of IP rights, contracts for the development of medical devices, and disputes including IP infringements on the internet. 'His depth of knowledge in the area of IP licensing is amazing and he has an uncanny knack of turning the complex into something extremely clear and straightforward', say clients of Bill Thatcher . The practice also calls upon litigator Mark Elmslie to handle contentious matters, which last year included a case for the British Institute of Interior Design concerning the use of its name. Head of technology Andrew Priest is also recommended.

Marks & Clerk LLP in Cambridge is part of a highly respected intellectual property firm and the practice interacts closely with the corporate team in London to serve a diverse client base in sectors such as technology and life sciences. Managing associate Simon Portman, who recently added experienced solicitor Rayyan Mughal from VSH Law to his team, counts IOMet Pharma, Lyra Electronics and Crown Packaging among his clients. He recently assisted ReagentBio Limited with drafting and negotiating contracts with customers, suppliers, agents and distributors for the supply of assays for research projects. He also supported New England Biolabs (UK) in interpreting and implementing regulatory standards for the storage and supply of genetically modified organisms.

The intellectual property practice at Greenwoods GRM handles a broad range of issues for the firm's clients in the media sector, particularly those involved in magazine and online publishing. The firm also has expertise in the technology sector, which generates IP work for lawyers in its Cambridge office. Head of corporate and commercial David Woods  leads the practice, drawing on his 20 years' of experience in IP contracts and corporate transactions involving IP-rich businesses. Litigators Adele Whaley and associate Jamie McConnell, who is a rising star in the market, are recommended for contentious IP matters. Whaley recently helped a company pursue a copyright infringement and passing off case, which resulted in a former employee removing material from a new website.

The team at Steeles Law¬†is¬†‚Äėexcellent, providing very good advice and dependable, personable service'. The firm has developed a niche practice acting for clients in the hi-tech engineering sector, particularly for companies involved in cycling, motorsport and the automotive industry. These include Robinsons Motor Group and Easy Clean Solutions. The ‚Äėvery approachable‚Äė Nigel Lubbock¬†and head of corporate and commercial Richard Bailey¬†are the key contacts, though clients also recommend corporate solicitor James Hopgood. Barrister Tom Bailey¬†moved to Ashtons Legal. The practice acted for a company that designed new technology for the 2016 Olympic Games and has since been working on a new and groundbreaking technology for a¬†high-profile sport.

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