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Brodies LLP is ‘a go-to-firm for high-value business-critical issues’. Litigators Gill Grassie and Robert Buchan are recommended, as is Martin Sloan, who heads the non-contentious practice. Clients include major pharmaceutical companies and the Scotch Whisky Association.

Burness Paull LLP is particularly noted for its strength in contentious matters, with Colin Hulme singled out in this regard. David Goodbrand’s non-contentious work includes licensing arrangements in the sports, energy and life sciences sectors. Clients include Sky and the Harris Tweed Authority.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘pragmatic and solutions-focused’ IP practice handles contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing agreements and spin-outs. Jim Cormack is representing the Falklands government in a complex, high-value copyright case before the local courts. Legal director George Campbell, who advises Tunnock’s, is ‘very approachable and great to work with’. Chris Martin regularly handles biosciences-related IP matters.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Paul Carlyle has ‘wide knowledge and a good network of contacts worldwide’; he advised The R&A on its rebrand of The Open. Joanna Boag-Thomson is advising Winduna on licensing a television adaptation of the Winnie the Witch books.

CMS’ practice has a strong track record of advising universities on IP issues regarding investments into bioscience spin-off companies. Carina Healy advised UCL Business on a significant investment into a gene therapy spin-out. Laurence Ward advises the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on sponsorship agreements.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP advises household-name businesses and bleeding-edge bioscience companies on non-contentious matters. Callum Sinclair advised Skyscanner on maintaining its trade mark and domain name portfolio. Practice head John McKinlay regularly handles life sciences matters.

Harper Macleod LLP’s work includes patent transactions and trade mark litigation involving well-known brands. Jamie Watt routinely acts for Celtic FC in defending the club’s trade marks from infringing merchandise.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advises on trade mark and patent matters in sectors including the medical, entertainment and food industries. Ross Nicol assisted Ennismore International Management with the acquisition of the Gleneagles brand. Litigator Susan Snedden is ‘prepared to go the extra mile’.

Anderson Strathern advises on contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters. Katrina Lumsdaine and new recruit Douglas McLachlan (who joined from DWF) are representing Taylor Bowls in a cross-border dispute. Practice head Simon Brown’s clients include STV.

DWF’s practice is led by Colin Miller and attracts praise for its ‘high degree of expertise’. It handles a range of trade mark, software copyright and passing-off disputes for clients including Kwik Fit, which the firm advised on the creation of an Italian franchise.

Lindsays has a track record of advising a range of universities and start-ups on patent licensing. Brent Haywood joined from DWF and is recommended alongside David Wood, who heads the corporate and technology practice.

MacRoberts LLP handles a range of trade mark and patent licensing and transactional matters. David Gourlay advised Kames Capital on its rebranding from AEGON Asset Management. Val Surgenor is also recommended.

Thorntons Law LLP handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Lesley Larg advised The Hutton Institute on plant variety rights as part of a merger of two of its subsidiaries.

BTO Solicitors LLP advises on commercialisation agreements and design rights litigation. Paul Motion represented The Door Company in a web domain dispute.

At Bonaccord, Patricia Barclay advises a range of bioscience companies on IP challenges regarding clinical trials and technology transfers.

In addition to registration of trade marks, Morton Fraser’s Austin Flynn’s work includes patent and trade mark litigation. Clients include retail, hospitality and public sector entities.

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