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For some ‘the best IP firm in the region’, Al Tamimi & Company has a particular strength in contentious work. Noted for his ‘solid relationship with government entities and his peers’, Omar Obeidat represented OSN in a criminal case against individuals selling unauthorised pay TV decoders. Ahmad Saleh heads the patent practice. Senior associate Stephen Jiew is ‘highly engaged in clients’ businesses and understands their priorities’. Other clients include Caterpillar.

Clyde & Co LLP is ‘very creative in challenging circumstances’. Joycia Young handles a variety of non-contentious matters, including franchising and licensing, and advises Etihad Airways on its trade marks. Rob Deans handles brand protection work and is praised for his ability to ‘develop intelligent strategies’. Mark Devaney is a new hire from Bone-Knell Symons Intellectual Property.

Rouse attracts praise for its ‘leading industry knowledge and very quick response times’. Chad Dowle (‘very business focused and always gives answers which have practical risks in mind’) acted alongside Samantha Grainger for DP World on its trade mark portfolio. Bassel El Turk and Edward Hardcastle are also key contacts. The firm handles advisory and clearance matters regarding sponsorship campaigns for Visa.

Bird & Bird’s workload encompasses trade mark portfolio management, prosecution, and franchising, among other matters. Melissa Murray heads the practice, which includes trade mark attorney Sau Lin Haouache, who relocated to Dubai from the London office, and senior associate Rob Kindler. Clients include Fabergé and several government-related entities.

DLA Piper Middle East LLP’s IP practice handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious work. Paul Allen advised a car manufacturer on the introduction of a new brand into the Middle East market. Other clients include Reckitt Benckiser.

Gowling WLG’s intellectual property practice is headed by Jon Parker and handles a range of work, from patent filing and counterfeiting to transactional matters. Highlights included advising CrossFit Inc on a dispute with a party seeking to register "X FIT" as a trade mark in several countries across the region. Newly-promoted senior associate Vanessa Delnaud is also a key contact.

Hadef & Partners LLC has bolstered its intellectual property practice with the recruitment of new practice head James Dunne from Clyde & Co LLP. Victoria Woods, who heads the commercial practice, handles transactional IP matters. Munir Suboh joined BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates.

Allen & Overy LLP’s Tom Butcher handles franchising issues and patent matters. He and senior associate Elliott Eames advised Abdulaziz Alsaghyir Investment Company on negotiations with various franchisors.

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla handles IP-rich transactions and disputes. Tarek Saad is a key contact for IP litigation. Gunduz Karimov became head of the practice in 2017 and divides his time between Baku and Dubai.

At Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Abu Dhabi-based senior associate Atif Taher handles transactional IP maters, including franchising. In Dubai Nasser Ali Khasawneh has expertise in Arabic-language trade mark disputes.

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP’s IP practice covers a range of technical and pharmaceutical patent matters as well as "soft IP". Raza Rizvi advised Celgene on a programme of patent protection, and du on the intellectual property aspects of its cloud TV platform. Senior associate Neil Westwood is also a name of note.

Clients are ‘very satisfied’ with the advice they receive from The Bench. Senior legal consultant Joby Beretta advised Atlas Hospitality on franchising arrangements with Pascal Tepper.

TheRightsLawyers’ Mark Hill has a track record of work concerning entertainment and media.

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