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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘efficient and proactive, providing great quality of work that is really appreciated’. The Cambridge office plays a pivotal role in the firm’s national practice, which offers commercial and contentious IP services to UK and international companies. The team is ‘excellent; really intelligent and careful in its consideration of all procedural and substantive aspects of a case’. Adrian Toutoungi, who leads the Cambridge team is ‘an intelligent and experienced litigator who is always thinking five steps ahead at all stages of litigation’. ‘Proactive and business-oriented’ head of life sciences Simon Crossley is also recommended. Toutoungi represented the UK Intellectual Property Office in a high-profile trial concerning trade mark infringement and passing off claims that resulted in an award of £500,000 in compensation and an injunction. The firm is now pursuing enforcement actions. Toutoungi also advised Raisio Group on the drafting and negotiation of a licence under the Honey Monster brand. The firm also counts Mylan Pharmaceuticals and China National Nuclear Corporation among its clients.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s team is ‘very responsive, thorough and thoughtful, and it understands the business aspects of any legal strategy’. Clients note that ‘the fees are reasonable for the high level of experience and service the firm provides’, and rate it for its ‘superior professional yet business-savvy approach’. The ‘incredibly intelligent and diligentAlasdair Poore, who leads the IP team, is a registered trade mark and design attorney and ‘has in-depth knowledge of the law and incredible insight into patents and product design’. Principal associates Richard Plaistowe (who ‘has a deep understanding of patent law’) and Nicola Hanglin are also recommended. Poore advised Indian government organisation APEDA, which represents the interests of food exporters, on registering a restriction on the name Basmati to describe only rice that meets specific technical and geographical origin criteria. Claire O’Brien’s highlights included a High Court action for Jaguar Land Rover to prevent sale of replica wheels bearing its registered JLR trade mark. She ultimately secured a permanent injunction, delivery up, damages and costs.

Patrick Farrant at Taylor Vinters is one of the region’s leading lights in IP law and leads the firm’s multidisciplinary technology group. Newly promoted Louisa Dixon leads the firm’s brand protection practice. Senior counsel David Rainford handles the commercialisation of IP assets and the enforcement of IP rights for companies in the software, telecommunications, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Senior associate Chris Keen is a rising star and advises start-up and emerging technology companies on IP matters. Farrant, Rainford and Keen acted for Storm Therapeutics, which raised £12m from a syndicate to pursue work on the identification of small molecules that target RNA-modifying enzymes as the basis for new cancer therapies. Dixon advised tyre manufacturer Bridgestone Americas Group on EU trade mark clearance and registration matters, and assisted Adventure Forest Limited, which operates under the Go Ape! brand, with the management of its international trade mark portfolio. The firm also counts members-only travel club Secret Escapes, Merz Pharma and Atlas Genetics among its clients.

Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘extremely good, quick to respond and has very good industry knowledge’. The Cambridge team plays a key role in the firm’s international practice; key figures in Cambrodge includes IP and regulatory specialist Tim Worden, who ‘understands the need to be proactive, takes the initiative and provides high-quality output over a sustained period’, and head of life sciences Malcolm Bates. The firm advised listed French biotechnology company TxCell on a licensing agreement with research institute Ospedale San Raffaele to enable a collaboration for the development of therapy products for the treatment of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, which involved an option for an exclusive licence under certain Ospedale San Raffaele patents. Bates advised drug and vaccine developer Kymab on a cross-licence agreement with a Chinese company. Other highlights included advising cell and gene therapy company Oxford BioMedica on a strategic alliance agreement that involves a licence for Orchard Therapeutics to use its lentiviral vector gene therapy manufacturing technology to create treatments for rare immune deficiency disorders.

Birketts LLP is ‘a very professional firm that punches well above its weight’. The firm primarily acts for regional clients, although its roster of international clients is growing, as illustrated by its handling of UK and EU trade mark matters for New Zealand winemaker Villa Maria Estate. The team, led by litigator Matthew Atkins, has standout practitioners in trade mark attorney Katherine Shadbolt (who ‘balances commercial objectives with legal requirements’) and senior associate Nellie Jackson (who ‘provides very commercial and practical advice’). The team manages the trade mark portfolio of global group Elektron Technology.

Hewitsonsprovides a very good level of service’ to both small businesses and multinationals. ‘Responses are timely, the advice is solid and reasoned, and the firm has a detailed understanding of clients’ business.’ The ‘extremely diligent, cool-headed and deep-thinkingBill Thatcher provides ‘advice of the highest quality – well reasoned and carefully considered’. Litigator Mark Elmslieprovides pragmatic advice; he is a good communicator who tells it as it is’. Head of technology Andrew Priest is also recommended. Elmslie advised the British Institute of Interior Design on branding and design registration, and assisted Invivoscribe Technologies with retrospective patent actions against infringements of its gene technology patents.

Marks & Clerk Solicitors is a highly regarded specialist IP firm with 30 dedicated specialists spread across its offices in London and Cambridge. The Cambridge office is led by managing associate Simon Portman and acts for small start-ups, prestigious universities and large multinationals across a diverse range of industry sectors. Portman advised IOmet Pharma, which develops novel treatments to combat cancer cells, on three-way IP and chemistry review agreements with potential licensees and investors. He also acted for Bactest Limited, which commercialises IP based on its CYTOMAIA technology platform, on licensing matters for the embedded software in its sludge monitoring system.

Stobbs IP is ‘excellent, always quick to respond to queries’, and provides ‘fantastic business acumen and significant knowledge of trade mark law’. Its client base includes household names such as O2 Holdings, for which it manages its global IP portfolio and handles trade mark infringement disputes, and Virgin Enterprises. The team also acts for publishing and events company Wilmington Plc, and audio equipment manufacturer Monster Inc. Julius Stobbs and his team ‘provide excellent client care and work hard to make sure the advice is as clear and comprehensive as possible’. Senior trade mark attorney Geoff Weller delivers ‘clear, practical and commercial advice’.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has particular knowledge of IP matters governing the media industry, with emphasis on the magazine and online publishing sectors, and is increasingly working for technology companies through its Cambridge office. The team comprises corporate partner David Woods, technology M&A partner Duncan Walker and litigator Huw Wallis, who are supported by a strong team of associates. Highlights included successfully representing a financial management company in a dispute concerning a registered company name, and Adele Whaley’s advice to a company alleging infringement of its trade marks by an online search engine. Jamie McConnell is recommended for contentious matters.

Leathes Prior has grown its IP practice with the hire of two junior solicitors, further strengthening its contentious and advisory capability for technology and franchising clients. Head of commercial litigation Mike Barlow leads the practice, which features head of commercial Peter Sheppard and consultant Jonathan Chadd, both of whom handle IP matters for numerous clients of the firm’s busy franchising practice. Sheppard advised Samurai International Holdings on the management of its trade mark portfolio, which included registrations in New Zealand and South Africa. The firm also acted for Atlas Mapping on the licensing of its mapping software.

Steeles Law attracts praise for its ‘sound and up-to-date advice’. Corporate partner Richard Bailey leads a team with niche expertise acting for clients in hi-tech engineering sectors such as cycling and motorsport. Nigel Lubbock and litigator Tom Bailey are also recommended. The team advised a client on exploiting innovative technology developed for a high-profile sport after its success at the last Olympic Games. Another highlight saw the dispute resolution team defend a client of the Greeting Card Association against misuse of its intellectual property rights. Lindsey Crockett took an in-house role at Gardline Shipping.


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