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PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Forresters (Birmingham, Merseyside, London)

Forresters’s 12-partner team has been particularly active in handling opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO. Recent highlights include successfully defending Nevro Group in oppositions against Medtronic and Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation, and representing Intertape Polymer Group in defending an opposition against a German competitor. Its impressive client roster also feature Huawei, Vax, Waters Technologies and Tarmac. Jenny Donald, Matt Barton and Jon Gowshall are names to note in the firm’s life sciences and chemistry group. Within its technology and engineering team, the ‘highly skilled’ Andy Harding is ‘always willing to go beyond the original scope of the project’, while Tim Ashton is ‘very knowledgeable and straight-talking’.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Forresters (Birmingham, Merseyside, London)

Clients of Forresters rate its practice as ‘extremely helpful, fast to respond and providing a first-class level of industry knowledge’. Its strong trade mark team handles portfolio protection and management issues, in addition to having expertise in registered designs, design rights and copyright. In 2016, Janette Hamer assisted The Sargeant Partnership with the successful registration of Handmade Burger Co., which was previously refused on the basis of lack of distinctive character; and Liverpool-based Kate Cruse assisted a global nutrition company with the transfer of a .com domain name from a third party which registered the domain name in bad faith. Diane Wardley retired in 2016.

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