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Browne Jacobson LLP’s Mark Snelgrove recently advised Connolly Retail on trade mark registrations in connection with the clients proposed re-launch of its London-based luxury goods shop. IP litigator Richard Roberts and Paula Dumbill, who specialises in brand protection and exploitation strategies, are also recommended.

Eversheds LLP is noted for its ‘in-depth understanding’ of the education sector, where it routinely acts for institutions such as Nottingham Trent University, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Loughborough University. The practice acts on a wide range of IP matters, including the licensing of developed technologies and the settlement of patent disputes. James Fry and Selina Hinchliffe are the names to note.

In 2015, Howes Percival LLP was appointed the sole UK legal adviser for the Business Software Alliance, which represents several blue-chip software companies. Matthew Talbot heads the ‘effective and responsive’ department.

Gateley Plc is especially active in the retail, media and food and drink sectors, where the team routinely advises clients including Muller and Pulse Films on a variety of contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Jill Tomasin is the key contact.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited successfully represented Stretchline Intellectual Properties in a widely publicised dispute against retailer H&M. Stewart Vandermark and Jim Carter head the ‘excellent’ department.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP work. The team is particularly experienced in the education sector and routinely acts for clients such as Aston University, University of Warwick, and University of Nottingham. Martin Noble and Ed Wright are the key contacts.

Spearing Waite LLP recently advised the University of East Anglia on copyright issues in connection with the deposit of archived film materials to the client’s East Anglian film archive. John Buckby is ‘outstanding’.

At Geldards LLP, Michelle Craven-Faulkner and her ‘excellent’ team are well versed in the high-tech engineering and creative sectors, with a particular focus on cross-border licensing arrangements.

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