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Eversheds LLP’s ‘highly commendable’ national IP practice includes Adrian Toutoungi in Cambridge, who ‘provides sound advice with great patience’ and won at trial for the UK Intellectual Property Office in trade mark infringement and passing off-proceedings. In another highlight Toutoungi and Simon Crossley (also based in Cambridge) advised Cell Therapy Catapult on a £20m joint venture.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a ‘highly trusted’ team that provides ‘outstanding advice’. The ‘good-humoured, reliableAlasdair Poore and Peter Wainman are singled out for their ‘practicality and ability to think out of the box’. Poore defended Document Management Solutions against a £1.4m patent infringement claim. Kevin Calder, Greg Gibson and consultant Isabel Napper are also recommended.

Taylor Vinters provides ‘good industry knowledge and excellent commercial advice’. Patrick Farrant advised the British Pharmacological Society on a seven-year contract to publish two leading journals. Senior associate and brand protection specialist Louisa Dixon impresses with her ‘handling of complex issues’. Senior associate David Rainford is also recommended. Professor Stephen Hawking and Merz Pharma are clients.

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘client-oriented, eager to understand clients’ business needs and tailors its advice accordingly’. Malcolm Bates advised TxCell on terminating its collaboration, option, development and licence agreement with Trizell to re-acquire rights to its Ovasave product. Tim Worden is also recommended.

Clients are ‘very pleased with the service’ from Matthew Atkins’ team at Birketts LLP. Associate Kitty Rosser advised Port Technology Holdings on IP aspects of the exploitation of its personal data store and subsequent disputes. Technology group head Quentin Golder and trade mark attorney Katherine Shadbolt are also recommended.

Andrew Priest joined Hewitsons from Memery Crystal LLP to lead its technology department, and has in-depth knowledge of IP and know-how licensing deals. Bill Thatcher, who advises Microsoft, and litigator Mark Elmslie are also recommended.

Cambridge forms the hub of Marks & Clerk Solicitors’ commercial IP practice. Associate Simon Portman conducted an IP and chemistry review for IOMet Pharma for negotiations with licensees and investors, which led to its £400m acquisition by Merck.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has in-depth knowledge of IP in the publishing sector. David Woods advised Stephen Perse Foundation on rights management for e-books. The ‘extremely pragmatic’ Huw Wallis is recommended for contentious matters.

Mike Barlow’s team at Leathes Prior acted for an international company in a trade mark dispute. IP and franchising consultant Jonathan Chadd advises on international business expansion and trade mark protection.

Sloan Plumb Wood LLP’s Philip Sloan is an expert in trade mark and design right protection. He is advising a US healthcare multinational on a long-running dispute.

At Steeles Law, corporate partner Richard Bailey has experience in IP matters and associate Lindsey Crockett is recommended for brand protection matters.

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