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Marks & Clerk LLP

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Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and 2 more

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Marks & Clerk Solicitors

Marks & Clerk Solicitors’s team covers all aspects of IP, and is particularly known for its β€˜client-focused approach to litigation’ and β€˜timely, proactive, focussed and effective’ advice. The group stands out for its β€˜excellence’ at partner level, and level of β€˜technical expertise’ at associate level. Practice head Mike Gilbert, is a key name for patent litigation in the life sciences sector, and is β€˜great at client care’. The β€˜very effective’ William Cook specialises in patent litigation and licensing and Graham Burnett-Hall is also a prominent patent litigator. Kirsten Gilbert heads the trade mark and brand protection practice, Michael Moore handles patent and design rights, most notably in the technology sector, Charlie Balme advises on patent disputes and trade mark and commercial IP matters and Dafydd Bevan is β€˜very conscientious and hard-working’. Of counsel Vicky Butterworth is β€˜an excellent lawyer’ and β€˜a great team player’. John de Rohan-Truba is β€˜bright, thoughtful and hard-working’, and fellow associate Chris Pratt is β€˜good at technical matters’.

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PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Marks & Clerk Solicitors (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Oxford)

Marks & Clerk Solicitors has a β€˜highly professional’ team of patent attorneys across its eight offices, which was expanded with one senior associate, three associates and Steven Gurney, who joined from an in-house role at Mylan. It is β€˜a very responsive organisation fully able to cope with the fast paced world of start-ups’, and has β€˜good understanding of the pressures on small businesses and a willingness to adapt its processes to accommodate’. Clients also particularly value β€˜its steady professional approach to challenging situations’. Among its impressive and diverse caseload, Sheila Wallace continues to assist key client Gilead Sciences with filing and prosecution of patent and SPC applications as well as defending against EPO oppositions for its Hepatitis C and cardiovascular patents and SPC portfolios. Mark Dauncey is advising Arvia Technology on its multi-jurisdictional patent portfolio management. Robert Lind defended a European patent for Owen Mumford relating to an auto-injector pen against an opposition from a competitor. Paul Chapman assisted a biotechnology company with defending UK and DE revocation actions involving filing and managing SPC applications throughout Europe. Philip Martin and senior associate Rhyan Probert are β€˜consummate professionals with excellent abilities in drafting patent applications’. Julian Asquith and Peter Roberts are also recommended.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Marks & Clerk Solicitors (Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Oxford)

Marks & Clerk Solicitors’s sizeable trade mark team is β€˜absolutely first class’. It is β€˜quick to pick up instructions and has great processes to ensure nothing slips’. The highly regarded Matthew Sammon is advising a supermarket chain on its expansion into Asia, including advising on filing and strategy regarding adoption of marks suitable for local markets and subsequent registration strategy. Edinburgh-based Campbell Newell β€˜knows his onions’; he continued to act for Harris Tweed Authority on the registration of trade marks to expand its brand portfolio, assisted with revoking conflicting third party marks, and acted alongside Burness Paull LLP on enforcement of its trade mark rights. Newell also assisted Wood Group, an energy service provider, with its brand portfolio and trade mark strategy for its recent rebranding project, including filing 39 trade mark applications across eight jurisdictions. Alison Melling is advising a British retailer on its international portfolio and oppositions. Aidan Clarke is also a name to note. Associate Erika Coccia joined from Reddie & Grose LLP in January 2017.

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