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D Young & Co LLP

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London, Munich, Southampton

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

D Young & Co LLP

D Young & Co LLP's 'dedicated and careful team' has 'notable depth of insight and experience in IP' and is highlighted for its litigation expertise. The group counts a number of large corporates among its client roster and is also 'a perfect partner for cost-conscious mid-sized TMT companies'. The group benefits from its ability to handle a range of intellectual property disputes; practice head Tamsin Holman and recently promoted partner Anna Reid 'always provide solid and clear advice' on contentious trade mark, passing off, copyright, design and domain name matters; while Antony Craggs  is a name to note for patent litigation.

Practice head(s):Tamsin Holman

Other key lawyers:Anna Reid; Antony Craggs


'The team's strengths are its accuracy, while at the same time avoiding unnecessary formalities or 'red-tape'.'

'With a mixture of solicitors and patent attorneys, D Young is able to assist clients with all their patent prosecution, maintenance and litigation needs at very cost-effective London rates.'

'D Young & Co is very professional yet approachable and never ceases to impress with its technical knowledge and strategy in tricky situations.'

'Antony Craggs is very conscientious and friendly to work with; he has a great eye for detail.'

'Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid both stand-out from their competitors.'

'Antony Craggs loves getting right on top of the detail of a case and ensuring that nothing is missed.'

'Antony Craggs has no hesitation in squaring up to the big guns and providing his clients with strong and robust representation.'

'Antony Craggs makes addressing patent litigation much less daunting and seemingly easier.'

'Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid are highly specialised in international design and trade mark disputes, providing excellent legal and commercial to the point advice in a timely fashion.'

Key Clients


Babcock International Group Plc

Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd

Fortune Brands

GKN Aerospace

Guinness World Records

Lifestyle Products LLC

Marriott Hotels

Metro Bank

Procter & Gamble

Radiator & Bathroom Gallery Ltd

Rothamsted Research




Turner Entertainment Network

Wykamol Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Munchkin in the defence of a registered and unregistered design infringement claim brought by Shnuggle relating to a baby bath, and the related counterclaim for the revocation of the relevant rights.
  • Succesfully defended Asid Reignz Enterprises against an opposition brought by EasyGroup to a UK trade mark application for the mark MR EASY for entertainment services in Class 41.
  • Acting for Guardia Gold in its claim for the infringement of its trade mark Auro by Auromoney.
  • Instructed by Wykamol in Safeguard Europe’s claim for infringement of its patent for a method of treating concrete and masonry and a counterclaim for the revocation of the patent.
  • Advised various clients in the fashion industry on the upcycling of their branded goods by third parties.

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

D Young & Co LLP

D Young & Co LLP demonstrates broad sectorial strength, ranging from the telecoms, manufacturing and electronics sectors to the aerospace, biotechnology and especially the pharmaceutical sectors as key case generators. In addition to a strong patent drafting and portfolio management practice, often chosen by major international clients as well as prestigious universities and research institutes, the group impresses with its powerful UK and European opposition and appeal practice and complementary litigation offering. The team is also well versed in due diligence instructions, often acting for investment funds and venture capital players. Anthony Albutt and Kirk Gallagher direct the practice. In Southampton, physics and electronics specialist Nicholas Malden, electronic technology expert Jonathan Jackson and chemical and pharmaceutical professional Garreth Duncan are key contacts. Neil Nachshen, who focuses on biochemistry and pharmacology, is also noted. Rachel Bateman, Tamara Milton and Southampton's Alan Boyd and Cathrine McGowan made partner. Rooted in London and Southampton, the firm is continuing the expansion of its Munich office. Unless otherwise stated, all practitioners are based in London.

Practice head(s):Kirk Gallagher; Anthony Albutt

Other key lawyers:Garreth Duncan; Jonathan Jackson; Nicholas Malden; Neil Nachshen


'Great team, well coordinated and effective.'

'D Young & Co is very client-attentive and does exactly what it promises, which saves much of our time and effort to communicate.'

'The most professional team I have ever worked with. Excellent advice delivered in a laid back way that enables us as clients to participate in the most productive way.'

'The D Young & Co team is not only strong on patent strategy and management, but, critically for us, they have done an outstanding job of understanding our technology, products and end-use markets, and this understanding has helped them to provide directly relevant advice.'

'Anthony Albutt is very dedicated and service-minded.'

'Nicholas Malden takes a good care of client needs and is always willing to accommodate the client's requests.'

Key Clients

Allergy Therapeutics

GKN Aerospace

Juniper Networks

Lush Cosmetics


Oxford University Innovation Limited



Toyota Motor Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fresenius Kabi in oppositions of two high-value European patents relating to the client's biggest selling pharmaceutical product, adalimumab.
  • Successfully defended the patent relating to the dosing regimen of Teva Pharmaceutical's 40mg Copaxone product.
  • Providing successful patent prosecution services to Airspan Networks, a provider of wireless connectivity solutions for telecoms service providers, since its formation over 20 years ago.
  • Advised Wykamol on Safeguard Europe’s claim for infringement of its patent for a method of treating concrete and masonry and a counterclaim for revocation of the patent. Proceedings were commenced in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in January 2018 and were settled the following month in February 2018.

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

D Young & Co LLP

D Young & Co LLP is especially active in the fashion, luxury, pharmaceutical and consumer product sectors, but also fields a busy caseload in the sports, entertainment, and food and drink sectors. The group impresses with its longstanding experience in the management and development of key trade mark portfolios for prestigious clients, many of which also profit from the firm's powerful in-house dispute resolution practice. Additionally, the group is well versed in domain name disputes. Jeremy Pennant in Southampton directs the practice. The firm also has offices in London and Munich.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Pennant

Other key lawyers:Richard Burton; Helen Cawley; Jackie Johnson; Gemma Kirkland; Tamsin Holman; Anna Reid; Matthew Dick


'D Young & Co has a fantastic team of trade mark professionals who are experts in EU and UK trade mark law. They represent many large companies, so they know what in-house trade mark counsel are looking for. They provide practical solutions, and don't "over-lawyer".'

'I often point to D Young's trade mark team as the gold standard for foreign local trade mark counsel. The firm consistently provides superior and efficient business-friendly advice.'

'Responsive, clear, concise and pertinent advice.'

'The D Young & Co team is unbelievably responsive in their practice. They, of course, have an excellent grasp of the legal issues that I present to them and they deliver high-quality analysis that is easy to digest.'

'Jeremy Pennant is extremely experienced, and always provides practical, excellent advice. Matthew Dick is very thorough, and similarly, looks for a practical solution, from both a legal and business perspective.'

'Jeremy Pennant is a great resource for EU and UK trade mark practice. He and his team are very responsive and provide great, business-relevant and practical advice.'

'Jeremy Pennant's cost-effective work shows a deep understanding of trade mark law and recognition of practical and business interests that impact client decision making. His supporting team is similarly excellent.'

Key Clients

Burger King

Crockett & Jones Shoes

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Grays of Cambridge

Hard Rock International

Johnson & Johnson

Marriott Hotels




Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Exxon Mobil Corporation in obtaining revocation of the trade mark ‘E:MOBIL’ and an award of costs in favour of the client.
  • Chosen by ZPG (Zoopla Property Group) for advice on its worldwide trade mark portfolio, including the conduct of a detailed strategic review of the entire portfolio.
  • Represented Marriott International in a number of related cancellation actions before the UKIPO, Appointed Persons, EUIPO and General Court, all ultimately resolved in favour of the client, including some which involved relative grounds based on copyright, grounds rarely relied on in EUIPO and Court of Justice proceedings.
  • Successfully defended Sky UK Limited’s EUIPO application to register the sign 'CHALLENGE' and logo.
  • Successfully defended Asid Reignz Enterprises Limited against an opposition brought by EasyGroup Limited to a UK trade mark application for the mark 'MR EASY' for entertainment services in Class 41.

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