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Allen & Overy LLP's 'excellent' intellectual property department has been described as being¬†'one of the biggest and most prestigious' in London.¬†The practice comprises of dedicated IP litigation, commercial IP and brands teams, and includes partners¬†¬†Marc D√∂ring,¬†Jim Ford¬†,¬†David Stone¬†and¬†Marjan Noor¬†, who is praised for her 'excellent client handling skills and ferocious grasp of detail'.¬†¬†The group is highlighted for capabilities in contentious matters, and is currently representing Huawei in a claim brought by Conversant in the high profile dispute relating to its standard essential patents and FRAND litigation.¬† Mark Heaney¬†¬†is recognised for his expertise in this area and boasts 'strong technical understanding of complex technology'.¬† Another key name is Neville Cordell¬†, who is highly regarded for his representation of pharmaceutical sector clients in litigation, but also 'provides a first class service in non-pharma patent cases'. He, alongside Heaney, successfully acted for Seoul Semiconductor in patent litigation against Everlight, which was ultimately settled in Seoul's favour. The 'great thinker' Mark Ridgway¬† is another individual to note for telecoms, pharmaceutical and biotech patents litigation. In an example of the teams non-contentious experience, Nigel Parker¬† led advice to TUI AG on intellectual property elements of its ‚ā¨381m sale of Travelopia to KKR. Clients of the team include Pfizer, Merck & co, The Coca-Cola Company and Samsung. Changes to the team include¬†Nicola Dagg's departure to¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

The intellectual property practice at Bird & Bird LLP excels in complex disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. The group boasts an impressive client roster that includes Teva Pharmaceuticals, Monster Beverage Company and Qatar Airways. The group represented Actavis in litigation before the Supreme Court in a dispute with Eli Lilly, which resulted in the high-profile judgment introducing the doctrine of equivalence in patent law. Co-head of the firm's international intellectual property practice, Morag Macdonald, and recently promoted partner Ewan Grist acted for Fisher & Paykel Healthcare on the successful revocation of three patents owned by ResMed for the design of CPAP masks for the treatment of sleep apnoea. The team also continues to be noted for its strength in the tech sector, with Jane Mutimear and Richard Vary leading representation of Nokia in a global patent and antitrust dispute with Apple Inc and its subsidiaries. In this matter the London-based partners coordinated the litigation, leveraging the firm's international office network to act for the client across nine jurisdictions. Katharine Stephens and Robert Williams head up the practice which includes trade mark, copyright and designs expert Peter Brownlow. Brownlow was instructed by Merck in a complex trade mark and breach of contract dispute against Merck, Sharp & Dohme at the Court of Appeal. Eleanor Root was promoted to the partnership.

Bristows LLP¬† has been described as 'undoubtedly one of the leading IP firms' and attracts praise for its 'strong legal and technical expertise'. The group is highlighted by one client as the '‚Äėgo to‚Äô firm for¬†cost-effective patent litigation in all areas of technology', and was recently instructed by Varian in its global patent dispute with Elekta.¬†Myles Jelf (who 'never fails to impress') led this matter and jointly heads the contentious patents team alongside the 'brilliant, calm and optimistic' Brian Cordery. In another work highlight, the 'exceptionally good'¬†Dominic Adair¬†led a team defending Edgewell Personal Care Company in allegations of patent infringement brought by¬†Gillette. The department has also been instructed by ZTE in a dispute concerning patent infringement allegations and FRAND declarations. Beyond patent litigation, the team, instructed by Mondelez, successfully opposed Nestl√©'s trademark application for the shape of the four finger KitKat in a matter headed by Jeremy Blum. The department is also instructed by other well-known brands such as Samsung, Philips, LVMH and Johnson & Johnson. Key names to note include head of commercial IP¬†Matthew Warren and head of brands¬†Paul Walsh. The firm's¬†'consistently excellent service' was further bolstered by the arrivals¬†of¬†Ian Gruselle¬†and¬†Simon Clark¬†from¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP; they head up the firm's dedicated trade mark portfolio and copyright practices respectively.¬†Greg Bacon¬†and Gemma Barrett¬†were promoted to the partnership.

With 'outstanding experience in the coordination and planning of complex international patent litigation' Powell Gilbert LLP has been singled out as 'one of the the best' in this field. The 'strong team' attracts praise for its 'responsive and pragmatic approach' and is jointly led by Penny Gilbert and Simon Ayrton - who is described as 'intellectually brilliant and a master strategist'. It is instructed by Huawei Technologies in the high profile, multi-jurisdictional patent and FRAND dispute with Unwired Planet, and has been highlighted as 'amongst the first ports of call for IP and telecoms crossover disputes, especially in the FRAND context'. A team, led by the 'truly phenomenal' Ari Laakkonen and the 'technically astute' Peter Damerell successfully defended Garmin in unregistered and registered design infringement allegations brought by PulseOn in relation to fitness watches with optical heart rate sensors. The practice also has a strength for litigation in the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector, and represented Actavis in a dispute with Warner Lambert before the Supreme Court concerning infringement of second medical use claims. Other key names to note include Tim Powell, Zoe Butlerand Bethan Hopewell.

CMS' intellectual property department is 'excellent for high level and complex questions', and offers 'a good mix of very sound legal advice and practical tips'. The 'personable and easy to work with' team comprises of 25 partners, following the merger of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017, and attracts praise for its 'good pragmatic commercial advice' across the spectrum of IP rights. Joel Barry heads up the practice which also includes head of patent litigation Gareth Morgan, head of patent prosecution Robert Stephen and head of trade marks Sarah Wright. Morgan, leveraging the firm's pharmaceutical sector expertise, led a team which successfully defended Sandoz in patent infringement proceedings and a regulatory challenge, and is subsequently advising on a £110m claim against Napp Pharmaceuticals on the cross-undertaking in damages as a result of an interim injunction. The London-based team also includes co-head of the firm's international IP group, Tom Scourfield , who is highlighted as being 'thorough and practical, with a great sense of humour'. Scourfield led a team instructed by Nestlé on its attempt to register the shape of its four finger KitKat as a trade mark in the UK and Europe. This included advise on the high profile litigation before both the CJEU and Court of Appeal. Other work highlights include the group's representation of Sky in relation to its global trademark portfolio and of Microsoft in copyright and related litigation. Prior to the merger, Justin Hill and Michael Burdon left the Oslwang team to join Dentons and Simmons & Simmons respectively. Since the merger, Kevin Cordina has also left to join Simmons & Simmons

The 'very competent, bright and effective' intellectual property team at¬†Gowling WLG¬†has been highlighted as 'one of the go to firms for IP disputes', attracting praise for 'responsiveness, business acumen, industry knowledge and zealous advocacy'. In the pharmaceutical sector, the team continued to act for¬†Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Company in litigation concerning in the¬†Humira drug before the Court of Appeal. The team is also instructed by¬†GlaxoSmithKline in an international patent dispute, relating to¬†the technology for making very fine powders. The 'creative, organised and responsive' head of the technology patent litigation group, David Barron, is singled out as 'a leading patent litigator', and led a team acting for¬†SSH Communications Security Corporation in a multi-jurisdictional patent infringement dispute against Sony. Alexandra Brodie¬†is another key name to note, particularly for litigation in the tech sector. 'Great negotiator' and newly-promoted partner John Coldham¬†‚Äď an 'expert in the design field and a go-to person for design disputes' ‚Äď attracts praise for his 'practical, commercial perspective,¬†innovative solutions to problems, and straightforward advice'. Other changes to the team include¬†Matt Hervey's promotion to the partnership.

The 'excellent' intellectual property practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has been described as 'one of the strongest teams in London' for representing innovators in pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent matters. The group was recently instructed by a large bio-pharmaceutical company in high profile litigation before the Court of Appeal. This matter, led by the well-regarded Sophie Rich, required consideration of complex patent and competition law issues. Sebastian Moore (who is singled out particularly for global patent litigation) successfully defended Gilead Sciences, alongside the 'very knowledgeable' Andrew Moir, in a patent infringement dispute brought by Idenix valued at $19m, and relating to Gilead's Hepatitis C treatment, sofosbuvir. The team additionally issued a counterclaim for revocation of Idenix's European patent. Joel Smith heads up the practice and has experience across a range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Smith recently advised Geox in relation to allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off by Gola of Geox's Nebula brand across Europe, and additionally acted for the client in a claim before the UK courts. Other key highlights include representation of Unilever in defense of claims concerning the ownership of inventions made by a former employee in the course of employment. The team has been successful before the UKIPO and on appeal to the High Court and Court of Appeal and is due to continue to act before the Supreme Court.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's very high quality intellectual property group attracts praise for its knowledge across the full-range of rights,and benefits from particular expertise across life sciences, telecoms, consumer, and automotive sectors. Highlighted as 'excellent with cross-border litigation', the 'very down to earth' Daniel Brook led a team, alongside 'master tactician' Stephen Bennett, which successfully represented Eli Lilly before the Supreme Court. In this high-profile matter, the court reversed two earlier judgements in finding Actavis’s generic version of Alimta in direct infringement of the client's patents in the UK, Italy, France and Spain. In the technology sector, practice head Paul Brown is leading a team instructed by HTC in two multi-patent cases against IPCom and Philips, both spanning multiple jurisdictions. The IPCom proceedings involves consideration of FRAND licence teams before the Patents Court, while the Philips dispute concerns the client's alleged infringement of standard essential patents. Illustrating the firm's competencies in trade mark issues, Sahira Khwaja is acting for Merck Sharp and Dohme in a dispute relating to the use of the name Merck. Another key name to note is Charlie Winkworth who is instructed by new clients Gamesys, Waldo, Deloitte and Asahi Europe in trade mark and brand management matters. Stella Wong was promoted to counsel.

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'outstanding' intellectual property department is praised for its¬†'in-depth knowledge' and 'ability to quickly and commercially resolve matters'. The team is headed by¬†Niri Shanmuganathan¬†and includes head of patents¬†Nigel Stoate,¬†Chris Jeffery¬†(who¬†leads the¬†transactional IP group),¬†and¬†IP and media sector head,¬†Mark Owen. A team led by Stoate¬†successfully represented Hospira,¬†a global pharmaceutical and medical device company owner by Pfizer, on the¬†revocation¬†of Cubist's patents¬†‚ÄĒ covering methods of dosing and purifying daptomycin in¬†‚ÄĒ both at the High Court, at the Court of Appeal, as well as at the¬†European Patent Office. With strong tech and telecoms expertise, the team is instructed by ASUS to both defend against and coordinate complex patent litigation across several European jurisdictions. Other key names to note for brand management and trade mark advice include¬†Simon Cohen¬†for patent litigation, and¬†Jason Rawkins,¬†Roland Mallinson¬†and senior counsel Tom Carl. The team has been bolstered with the arrivals of senior associate Michael Yates, associate Simon Jupp¬†and trade mark attorney Tom Hooper who joined the team from Lee & Thompson LLP,¬†Shoosmiths LLP¬†and¬†Baker McKenzie¬†respectively. Paul Mitchell retired.

The 'experienced and professional' practice at Baker McKenzie attracts praise for its 'knowledge of intellectual property and sharp business acumen'. It successfully acted for L'Oréal in several disputes, including a patent and registered community designs right infringement claim against RN Ventures. It also defended the client in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute brought by Liqwd (Olaplex), relating to a hair treatment. In another work highlight, Michael Hart acted for a fashion retailer in an action relating to the use of confidential information (of an upcoming product launch) to obtain high proportions of new products using automated bot technology. Practice head Michelle Blunt led a team, alongside Hiroshi Sheraton, which is advising a blockchain and bitcoin innovator on protection of IP assets. The group is also instructed by new clients Swarovski, Liberty Mutual, Dropbox and Sanofi-Aventis. Ben Allgrove specialises in contentious and regulatory IP matters 'is sharp and knows how to outwit the other side in a negotiation'. The 'commercial, strategic and responsive' head of brand management, Jessica Le Gros is also highlighted for her 'high-quality service'. Changes to the team include the departures of trade-mark attorney Tom Hooper and senior associate Alex Morgan  to Taylor Wessing LLP and EIP respectively.

The intellectual property practice at DLA Piper¬†combines 'very strong legal¬†knowledge, very short response times and good value for money'. A team, led by Claire Bennett¬†¬†‚ÄĒ who attracts praise for her 'excellent client management skills' ‚ÄĒ represented Cantel Medical (UK) and Cantel (UK) in a dispute seeking revocation of two patents owned by Arc Medical Design.¬†The team is also highlighted for its fashion retail sector expertise and 'excellent industry knowledge', with the 'careful and thorough'¬†John Wilks¬†leading a team instructed by Mo & Co in a¬†multi-jurisdictional trade mark dispute. It also continues to advise The Premier League on international IP issues and has brought several copyright actions, advised on right ownership, licensing and anti-piracy matters, and deal with illicit streaming issues.¬†The 'legally knowledgeable and commercially astute'¬†Ruth Hoy¬†heads up the practice which includes the 'dedicated and patient' legal director¬†D√©sir√©e Fields¬†‚ÄĒ who is recommended for¬†trade mark and brand protection work¬†‚ÄĒ and senior associate Claire Sng¬†who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters.¬†Adam Cooke left the firm for a career change.

'Combining patent attorneys with solicitors in a seamless way', EIP has 'rapidly established itself as a force to be reckoned with', particularly in patent litigation. The 'dedicated and talented team' is praised for 'producing ruthlessly successful results from a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere', with practice head Gary Moss considered to be the 'talisman at the helm'. The firm is noted as being 'particularly strong in the telecoms field' following its high profile representation of Unwired Planet International in litigation, relating to consideration of standard essential patents and FRAND matters, against Huawei. This case is being led by Moss who boasts 'tremendous strategic vision and provides utterly sound commercial advice', and who, alongside Robert Lundie Smith, is instructed by Conversant Wireless Licensing against Huawei and ZTE in similar proceedings, which, in addition, involve jurisdictional issues. Beyond the telecoms sector, the group represented biotech company Amgen in a patent infringement claim against Accord Healthcare. The team has been bolstered with the arrivals of of counsel Patrick Ryan from Unwired Planet and senior associate Alex Morgan from Baker McKenzie.

Fieldfisher's 'competent, professional and knowledgeable' intellectual property department has attracted praise for being extremely responsive' and 'cognizant of cost pressures'. Highlighted as 'one of the best firms for soft IP work', the team has expertise across a range of rights, particularly design rights, copyright and trade mark, in addition to experience handling complex patent litigation. Illistrative of the groups patent litigation capabilities, the team were instructed by GlaxoSmithKlin to coordinate the multi-jurisdictional dispute with Pfizer relating to Meningitis B vaccines. Additionally, it acted for Sandoz Limited and Hexal AG in a claim for the revocation of G.D. Searle's Supplementary Protection Certificate for HIV treatment darunavir. The practice is also instructed by Google in all UK trade mark work and successfully advised on the invalidation of Nuanti's trade mark BLINK at the UKIPO. The 'commercially astute' Nick Rose heads up the practice alongside Leighton Cassidy, and recently acted for Zockoll Group in a claim for infringement of its community registered design. There have been some changes the team including the promotion of the 'absolutely outstanding' James Seadon to partner and arrival of John Linneker from Dentons.

With 'faultless professionalism' Harbottle & Lewis LLP's intellectual property group has been highlighted as being 'simply fantastic', particularly in the technology, media and entertainment sectors. The group is instructed to defend two defendants against the owners of the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand in a complex High Court trade mark infringement case. The department also has experience acting in patent litigation and infringement advice, particularly in the software and technology sectors. Jeremy Morton heads up the firm's IP litigation team and led the establishment of an IP holding company created following the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, this has included handling the transfer and enforcement of rights. Singled out for her 'extensive knowledge', Shireen Peermohamed attracts praise for 'striking the perfect balance between professionalism and warmth'. Peermohamed, ably supported by the 'excellent and diligent' Kostyantyn Lobov, is instructed by a major US automotive brand to handle all UK IP rights enforcement, including in relation to the misuse of their branding on car parts and accessories. The group was strengthened with the arrivals of chartered trade mark attorney Sharon Daboul and several new associates. Georgy Evans left the team to join Lewis Silkin LLP and Rebecca Collard joined Aegis

Lewis Silkin LLP is 'excellent for soft IP advice and disputes' and attracts praise for 'exceptional speed of service and rounded advice'. 'Experienced and thorough' divisional managing partner Giles Crown heads up the creators, makers and innovators department which includes 'first rate partners, and brainy and hard-working associates'. The team has strong retail sector experience and has been instructed in trade mark disputes by fashion retailers SuperDry and Giordano. The group is also appointed to the legal panels of Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat, managing both contentious and non-contentious aspects of the companies' worldwide trade mark portfolios. A key name to note is head of the dispute resolution practice, Simon J Chapman, who is described as having 'a great sixth sense in litigation'. The team benefits from the addition of Georgy Evans who joined from Harbottle & Lewis LLP and is particularly strong in trade mark matters. The group has also strengthened their patent capabilities with the addition of Chris Hayes from IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett). David Deakin and Phil Rymer are now consultants are the firm.

The 'extremely clever and pragmatic' intellectual property team at Linklaters LLP offer 'very good value' across contentious, non-contentious and transactional IP advice. The team was instructed by Schneider Electric to advise of intellectual property aspects of the company's reverse takeover of AVEVA Group plc. This included transitional trade mark licences to allow the incorporation of Schneider’s software business into AVEVA’s group, in addition to arranging cross-licensing agreements to allow Schneider’s retained business and the divested software business to continue use of certain shared rights. The also has significant patent litigation experience and, with recently promoted partner Yohan Liyanage taking the lead, a team is representing Sanofi group and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc in co-ordination of a global patent dispute regarding medical treatments that reduce cardiovascular disease against Amgen. The group is also defending this client in a patent claim, also against Amgen, relating to cholesterol-lowering therapies. In another contentious matter, the department is acting for acting for Merck & Co in defending a high-profile claim for trade mark infringement and breach of a 1970 contract by Merck.  Ian Karet heads up the team which also includes the 'intellectually rigorous' Nemone Franks and Nigel Jones . William Hill, Just Eat Plc and Unilever are all clients.

Marks & Clerk Law ' intellectual property practice is particularly known for handling patent litigation. The group is defending Genentech in two action brought by Eli Lilly for the invalidation of two of Genentech's patents. Also in the biotechnology sector, head of the life sciences patents team Mike Gilbert, alongside Charlie Balme, is leading a team representing Chugai Pharmaceutical in a jurisdiction dispute against UCB before the UK courts, concerning a US patent. In another work highlight, it is acting for Manitou BF and Manitou UK in a dispute brought by JCB concerning the validity and infringement of three patents for the control system of the overload cut-off of certain telehandlers. The group is also highlighted as being 'very strong on trade mark prosecution and litigation' with the 'incredibly intelligent' Kirsten Gilbert 'brilliantly leading' the trade mark team. Another key name to note is head of TMT patents William Cook.

Highlighted particularly for its brand management expertise, the intellectual property team at Mishcon de Reya LLP attracts praise for its 'strategic thinking and advise based on solid knowledge and sector expertise'. Jeremy Hertzog heads the department which is currently acting for Iceland Foods in an application made by several Icelandic organisations for the invalidity of its EU trade mark, which prevents companies in Iceland using the term 'Iceland'. A team led by David Rose is instructed by Sky on trade mark enforcement matter against Skykick for the use of the word 'Sky'. In another work highlight, the group is defending Dr Reddy's Laboratories in a patent infringement action brought by Warner-Lambert, and in the client's counterclaim for revocation, both in relation to the medication pregabalin. The team also advises Hewlett Packard, Daimler-Mercedes and Pfizer, as well as new clients eBay and the Ladbrokes Coral Group. Key names to note within the department include head of brands Sally Britton, Ray Black, who regularly advises high profile clients on their intellectual property portfolios, and Peter Nunn who is known particularly for his advice relating to online infringement.

Osborne Clarke LLP has a strong and growing intellectual property team with particular expertise in disputes, trade mark advice and brand protection. The 'excellent' and 'thoroughly recommended' Arty Rajendra was appointed head of IP disputes in May 2017 following her arriving at the firm from Rouse IP Limited in February of the same year. Rajendra is leading the team acting for the tenth party, Unwired Planet LLC, in the high profile Unwired Planet FRAND licensing litigation against Huawei, relating to standard essential patents. In another work highlight, a team led by Robert Guthrie successfully acted for Expedia on the registration of HOTELS.COM as an EU trade mark, which required substantial evidence for the acquired distinctiveness of the mark. The department is also instructed by Fred Perry on the management and enforcement of its global trade mark portfolio, and continues to advise Harley-Davidson Europe on trade mark enforcement in the UK. The team has been further bolstered with the arrival of Tamara Quinn who previously headed up Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's intellectual property practice. Other new additions from Rouse IP Limited include director of trade marks Mark Foreman, senior associate Richard May and trade mark attorney Leanne Gulliver.

The 'genuinely outstanding' intellectual property practice at¬†Pinsent Masons LLP¬†has been described as comprising of 'commercially focused,¬†first class intellectual property litigators'. The team, attracting praise for its ability to¬†'balance complex commercial concerns' is particularly strong in patent disputes. It is instructed by¬† Magnesium Elektron on a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute across UK and China.¬†'Excellent and strategic' practice head¬†Clare Tunstall¬†has been highlighted as 'amongst the best pharma & biotech litigators', and is leading a team representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in a claim for the¬†revocation of Gilead's supplementary protection certificate for the HIV treatment Truvada.¬†¬†The 'very wise and practical litigator'¬†Charlotte Weekes¬†is another key name to note in the life sciences sector. The 'bright and thorough patent litigator'¬†Deborah Bould¬†'offers sensible, pragmatic advice' and¬†is particularly recommended in the technology and manufacturing¬†sectors.¬†Iain Connor¬†heads up the groups soft IP practice, 'really wrestles with the client‚Äôs case and does not take no for an answer'.¬†The practice has been bolstered with the additions of Catherine Drew¬†from Olswang¬† ‚ÄĒ who attracts praise for her 'wonderful commercial advice' ‚ÄĒ and Florian Traub¬†from Squire Patton Boggs, who established the firm's European brand portfolio management practice. Other additions include¬†senior associates Mark Marf√©, Mario Subramaniam¬†and trade mark attorney Matthew Harris¬†from Hogan Lovells International LLP, Anderson Law LLP¬†and Fieldfisher¬†respectively.

Attracting praise as 'excellent on quality of service, responsiveness and the value', Simmons & Simmons intellectual property team offers 'pragmatic, timely, strategic and business sound advice'. The practice is headed up by Michael Gavey , who led a team and is acting for GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development on three projects, which has required IP advice and negotiation and drafting of agreements, ownership and cross-licensing provisions.  The team has also been engaged to handle trade mark disputes and patent revocation claims. Kevin Cordina joined from CMS and heads the patent prosecution team, which includes Michael Burdon who joined from Olswang.  Other names to note include recently promoted partner Darren Meale, who is recommended as being 'excellent on trade mark matters'.

Following its merger with Redd, Wiggin LLP¬†has been considered 'top of its game in the media copyright-trade mark world', and attracts praise for its 'breadth of expertise in¬†intellectual property and the media sector'.¬†The group is instructed by¬†Cartier International, Montblanc-Simplo and Richemont International in an appeal to the Supreme Court brought by BT and EE relating to website blocking orders. Rachel Alexander¬†and Simon Baggs¬†‚ÄĒ who have both attracted praise for being 'very commercial, strategic and conscientious lawyers'¬†‚ÄĒ are leading this matter which concerned issues of who should bear associated coasts of blocking subscribers to access websites selling counterfeit products. In another work highlight, the team is representing Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in a copyright claim against TuneIn concerning radio transmission streaming.¬†Baggs heads the practice which includes¬†Anna Carboni, who is¬†recommended for trade mark and copyright matters; Sara Ashby, who is a¬†'fantastic litigator'; and¬†Simon Chalkley¬†who is noted for transactional IP matters. Other key clients include Microsoft, Netflix and Gucci.

Praised for its 'technical expertise' and 'great service' Carpmaels & Ransford LLP has been highlighted as 'good value for money'. Ian Kirby  heads the dispute resolution practice and led a team acting for Arc Medical Designs in a claim against Cantel for patent infringement, in addition to advising in relation to counterclaims for infringement of registered and unregistered design rights. The group also represented Align Technology in patent infringement proceedings against ClearCorrect and Your Smile Direct in relation to clear dental aligners. It is also instructed by Allergan in IP matters, including in dispute, trade mark clearance and registration. David Wilson is also recommended for patent litigation. Other key figures include head of transactions Jake Marshall, and Roger Lush and Jonathan Day, who jointly head the trade mark department.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles both contentious and transactional matters across the full-range of rights. The 'highly knowledgeable' Mary Bagnall solely heads up the practice following Ian Wood stepping down from a management role, and attracts praise for 'delivering clear, concise advice in a pragmatic, commercial way'. Bagnall continues to lead representation of Cadbury in attempts to register its iconic colour purple as a trade mark. Key names to note include Jennifer Pierce who is 'willing to go that extra mile' and heads the commercialisation and transactional IP practice; the 'strong' head of trademark portfolio strategy and prosecution practice Kate O’Rourke . The 'exceptionally gifted' associate Olivia Gray is also highlighted. Nick White joined the team from  Couchmans LLP.

The 'excellent' intellectual property team at Cooley (UK) LLP¬†attracts praise for being 'easy to work with, proactive and for offering practical advice'. The group is particularly known for trade mark work;¬†clients include Twitter, for which it handles on all aspect of its European trade mark matters, from filing to enforcement. The group also act for¬†VF¬†Corporation and Yum! Brands on trade mark issues.¬†The 'highly responsive' Nicholas Bolter¬†¬†is recommended as being 'business-friendly advice and great results' particularly in relation to trade mark and design rights. Other key names to note include Nicola Maguire¬†and John Wilkinson,¬†who focus on the life sciences sector.¬†Maguire led a team advising Enterome on its¬†‚ā¨40m joint venture with Nestl√© Health Science, which included joint venture agreement, cross licences and an agreement for the provision of services.

Recommended for 'superb service and excellent value for money' in IP litigation, IP firm D Young & Co LLP attracts praise for its 'industry knowledge' and 'friendly, down-to-earth, yet very professional nature'. The dispute resolution and legal group, led by Tamsin Holman, acts for high profile clients in contentious matters relating to the full-range of IP rights. Clients include Guinness World Records, Marriott Hotels, PepsiCo and Rolex. Antony Craggs 'doesn't fail to impress' and led a team acting for Everlight Electronics in patent litigation against Seoul Semiconductor relating to LED lights. The Europe-wide practice is bolstered by the support of its German office.

The 'proactive and responsive' intellectual property group at Dechert LLP is recommended for cross-border matters and is praised for being 'technically able and well-connected internationally'. Practice head Paul Kavanagh, alongside senior associate Nathan Smith, is advising Alibaba Group on trade mark protection and disputes regarding other rights across Europe, Georgia and the Caribbean. In another work highlight, a team led by Edward Kling in the UK and US-based partner Martin Black acted for Norgine in a dispute relating to the scope of an exclusive licence and supply agreement in the US with Salix Pharmaceuticals. Asos and Thomas Cook Group are both clients.

Praised for its 'good response times, understanding of the business environment and strategic thinking', the intellectual property team at Dentons has been highlighted as offering 'a high quality of service' that is 'good value for money'. The 'highly intelligent and deep thinking' Campbell Forsyth is singled out as 'a superb litigator' and jointly heads the team alongside Justin Hill  Hill has particular expertise in the technology sector and acts for Raytheon on the management of its European portfolio comprising of approximately 300 different IP rights. The practice is also instructed by Tesla on European patent filings and EU registered design filings. Another key name to note is the 'smart and fast-responding' Anna Copeman who heads the trade mark team and leads representation of Virgin in licensing and disputes.

The intellectual property practice at¬†Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP¬†is particularly well-known for transactional and commercial advice.¬† Key names include¬†Giles Pratt¬†who led a team instructed by¬†Coty on matters relating to the exclusive licence of the Burberry brand for fragrances and make-up products.¬†There have been a few changes to the team with¬†patent litigators Justin Watts¬†and senior associate Matthew Shade¬†departing to join WilmerHale, and the arrivals of the 'sharp, knowledgeable' Christopher Stothers‚ÄĒwho¬†attracts praise for his 'complex technology'¬†expertise ‚ÄĒand¬†counsel Laura Whiting¬†from Arnold & Porter.

The intellectual property and technology team at Jones Day is recommended for its combination of 'strong technical expertise, practical advice' and 'very fast response times'. The team is particularly recognised for its life sciences patent litigation experience and defended Celgene Corporation's patents concerning its blockbuster anti-cancer drug, Revlimid in, against Accord Healthcare in three separate cases. Practice head Alastair McCulloch led a team which successfully represented BioMarin Pharmaceutical in a patent dispute against Sarepta Therapeutics, resulting in negotiation of a license and settlement agreement. Rebeca Swindells is another key name to note, particularly for contentious matters concerning copyright, trademarks, design, database rights and confidential information.

'Very strong' technology and intellectual property team at Kemp Little LLP attract praise for being 'very knowledgeable and responsive'. Paul Garland heads up the team and led a team which represented Pulse On in a patent court case against Garmin for infringement of its heart rate monitor design. The group is also instructed by Ferrari and continues to advise on the company's trade mark and design rights in the UK. Rebecca Halford-Harrison and Mark Lewis are names to note for IP disputes. The department's impressive client roster also includes Coca-Cola Enterprises, Thompson Reuters and Sony Corporation. Rachael Barber joined the team from Penningtons Manches LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright's intellectual property department comprises teams focusing on brand management; litigation; and transactional licensing. The group is instructed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies in patent litigation brought by Pacific Biosciences of California relating to disruptive technology in the DNA sequencing market. Jonathan Ball has technology expertise and is leading a team continuing to defend Ingram Micro in claims for alleged infringement of mobile patents brought by IPCom, including in FRAND considerations. Michael (Mike) Knapper heads up the global practice and specialises in commercial and transactional elements. Another key name to note in the London office is Huw Evans.

The team at Reed Smith LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters across the full range of rights.  Michael Skrein has been highlighted as being 'dedicated to great client service' and took the lead acting for leading internet service providers in an application for blocking websites which infringed registered trade marks, and subsequent appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Considered to be 'a joy to work with' Carolyn Pepper 'is excellent on commercial matters and disputes'; she led a team representing a global pharmaceutical business on several IP matters including a corporate joint venture and trade mark licensing. The group is also known for being able to leverage the firm's strong media and entertainment sector expertise in acting for well-known clients in this area. Practice head Gregor Pryor is a key name to note in this area.

The intellectual property team at RPC is highlighted for its 'proactive and to the point advice'. The department is largely known for trade mark work;  highlights included defending Sports Direct International in a trade mark infringement claim brought by the owners and licensee of the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand, in relation to clothing and toiletry products bearing the name Beverly Hills. On the transactional front the team advises Agent Provocateur on licensing arrangements, including franchise agreements and trade mark licence agreements, across a number of jurisdictions. Practice head Jeremy Drew  is 'as tough a litigator and negotiator as they come' The group, and particular its technology sector offering, has been further bolstered with the arrival of Jon Bartley from  Penningtons Manches LLP.

The 'technically strong' intellectual property team at Slaughter and May¬†provides¬†'well-thought-out advice' particularly in strategic, commercial and transactional matters. The group is¬†instructed by Tata Steel Group on complex IP element of the company's ‚ā¨15bn joint venture with¬†thyssenkrupp, this included brand licensing and¬†research and development agreements. In another work highlight, the department acted for¬†Tottenham Hotspur¬† on its kit supply and sponsorship agreement with Nike.¬† Susie Middlemiss¬†heads the practice and has particular expertise in disputes, while¬†Cathy Connolly¬†leads on non-contentious IP matters. Other key names to note include David Ives, particularly for international licensing arrangements, and recently promoted partner Duncan Blaikie.

The intellectual property and technology practice at Squire Patton Boggs handles both non-contentious intellectual property matters and disputes. Key names to note include Andrew Wilkinson, Carlton Daniel (who has particular expertise advising clients in the advertising, marketing and media sectors) and Robert Wegenek for IP licensing. Kerry Lee joined the team from Walgreens Boots Alliance. Former practice head Carl Rohsler and Florian Traub left the team to join Memery Crystal LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP respectively.

The 'bright, commercially-minded, and creative' intellectual property practice at Stephenson Harwood¬†'combines practice and experience from different jurisdictions', and is considered 'a leading firm in multi-jurisdictional IP litigation'. The team acted for GlaxoSmithKline in a trade mark dispute¬†against Sandoz, in relation to the use of colour purple on asthma inhalers. The 'formidable litigator'¬†and 'experienced negotiator and strategist'¬†Eifion Morris¬†lalongside the 'calm and imperturbable solution-seeker'Rob Jacob, which includes proceedings across several jurisdictions.¬†Morris and Jacob¬†jointly head the practice alongside the 'highly knowledgeable'¬†Alexandra Pygall, who is singled out for her¬†'excellent¬†litigation strategy'. In another highlight, the team is representing Blue Power in a¬†‚ā¨1bn damages claim for breach of contract and breach of confidence including a misuse of trade secrets against¬†Eni. It is also¬†acting for¬†Eureka Shipping in a patent infringement dispute relating to technology for the loading, transport and unloading of cement products.

Highlighted for its intellectual property litigation expertise, WilmerHale handles disputes relating to the full scope of rights, particularly for clients in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team was bolstered with the arrival of Justin Watts from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, who has significant biotech experience, and Matthew Shade. Other key names to note include Anthony Trenton.

The 'responsive and reliable' intellectual property team at Arnold & Porter attract praise for 'very helpful, to the point and very good value for the money advice'. Richard Dickinson heads the team and specialises in transactional IP law. Dickinson acted alongside recently promoted counsel Ewan Townsend for Sanofi on licensing arrangements and IP protection issues. Michael Bywell has siginificant technology sector expertise and is a key name to note for contentious matters. Previous co-head of the team Christopher Stothers and counsel Laura Whiting joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP with two associates.

The 'very experienced and thorough litigators' at Baker Botts (UK) LLP are recommended for intellectual property matters, particularly in the energy and natural resources and technology sectors. The department successfully defended Crown Hellas Can in Ball Packaging Europe Ltd’s appeal to the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union for infringment of design rights. In another highlight, the team acted for Liberty Media to advise on all IP aspects of its acquisition of Formula One, which included consideration of its global trade mark portfolio, brand licensing and advertising contracts and TV and broadcasting rights contracts.'Seasoned litigator' Neil Coulson heads the practice and attracts praise for his 'very thorough and a calm approach'.

Brandsmiths offer a 'very down-to-earth approach', and have been described as 'one of the best niche intellectual property litigation firms in London'. The 'very personable and knowledgeable' Adam Morallee heads up the practice which attracts praise for 'constantly being on the edge of case law pushing developments in the law'. Also recommended, particularly for his 'excellent technical ability and client-friendly manner', is newly promoted partner Andrew Lee who specialises in trade marks, passing off and copyright matters. The group's clients include well-known brands such as Lucozade Ribena Suntory, BMW and Microsoft.

Briffa is noted for its track record acting for clients in fashion, food and drink, and technology sectors the team 'really understands the creative industries'. The 'very personable and supremely knowledgable' Margaret Briffa heads the practice, which includes Ralph Wehrle.

Brown Rudnick LLP's intellectual property group acts for a client roster that includes Dean & DeLuca and Novaerus Patents.  Alexander Carter-Silk heads the practice alongside Thomas Meyers, who specialises in the life sciences sector.  Steven James has particular expertise handling matters relating to new and innovative technologies. The team was strengthened with the arrival of commercial technology and privacy specialist Mark Lubbock from Ashurst.

Browne Jacobson LLP 's intellectual property team combines 'extremely fast response times, good industry knowledge, excellent experience and a high level of commercial acumen'. The team acted for London EV Company in a dispute relating to the enforcement of 3D trade marks. The 'clever, sensible and proactiveDeclan Cushley heads up the practice and focuses primarily on non-contentious and strategic brands issues.Kathleen Fox Murphy heads up the groups patent litigation team and led advice to Ericsson on confidentiality and patent aspects relating to the high profile FRAND claims made by Huawei and Samsung in the High Court.  Other key names to note include 'technical expert' Alex Watt and 'hard-working and enthusiastic' associate Giles Parsons.

The intellectual property practice at Burges Salmon LLP is jointly led by Jeremy Dickerson, who focuses on contentious matters and Helen Scott-Lawler, who specialises in transactional work and commercial exploitation of rights. The group has been acting for the UK Government in connection with the merger of the seven existing research councils to form UK Research & Innovation, which required the transfer of substantial IP portfolios and drafting of new agreements. The group continues to act for Starbucks, Waitrose and John Lewis, Victoria’s Secret,  RAC, as well as new client BBC Worldwide, which it advises on all UK and EU trade mark applications, registrations and UK and brand protection issues.

Clifford Chance LLP handles a range of contentious and transactional IP matters. Vanessa Marsland heads up the practice and was instructed by Imagination Technologies plc on the £550m strategic sale  of the company to Canyon Bridge Partners. The group has expertise in cross-border transactions, and advised Mondelez on its $460m sale of its grocery business in Australia and New Zealand, as well as selling the worldwide rights to Vegemite. This complex divestment included  several IP rights under licence from Kraft Heinz. In another work highlight, Stephen Reese led a team which acted for Astex Therapeutics in a drug discovery dispute against AstraZeneca, relating to an Alzheimer’s therapy.

The intellectual property practice at Clyde & Co LLP attracts praise as being 'sound, reliable and responsive'. Ralph Cox is a key name to note for both contentious and non-contentious matters, and 'understands the commercial and transactional context'. Other key names include litigator Chris Burdett and Alejandro Garcia who specialises in international commercial arbitration. Former practice head David Wilkinson left the team to join Ashurst.

The intellectual property practice at Collyer Bristow LLP is 'personable and easy to work with' and offers 'pointed practical advice' that is 'clear and commercial'. The 'responsive and very experienced' Patrick Wheeler heads up the team which includes Tim Bamford, who frequently handles contentious matters.  Former head of brands an retail Karen Fong left the team to join  Keystone Law.

The 'excellent' intellectual property group at Edwin Coe LLP handles a range of IP matters.  The practice is led by Simon Miles, who is highlighted for his 'mastery of complex subject matters in intellectual property', and handles disputes and non-contentious matters with 'knowledge, expertise, and acumen that are without a doubt more than just formidable'. Trade mark attorney Maggie Ramage is also singled out.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's national intellectual property team includes individuals based across the firm's national offices. The group represented easyGroup in a dispute with W3 (owners of EasyRoommate). The practice is also instructed by Coca-Cola on IP aspects of numerous ongoing advertising and promotional campaigns, as well as by John Lewis Partnership to manage the companies worldwide trade mark portfolios. Cambridge-based Adrian Toutoungi is a key name to note for hard IP matters, with Neil Mohring and Andrew Terry (both in the London office) known for soft IP and brand management. Changes to the team include the arrival of Rupert Bent, who formerly headed up the IP group at Walker Morris LLP, and the departure of James Fry to Mills & Reeve LLP.

The 'superb' intellectual property department at Fox Williams LLP provides 'proactive but practical advice'. The group advises Plexus on IP licensing matters in relation to the sale of the company's exploration wellhead business to TechnipFMC. It also acts for Hardy Aimes on the management of its global trademark portfolio. 'Smart and focused' practice head Simon Bennett is considered a 'mastermind' in intellectual property matters. 'Extremely competent' senior associate Rosie Burbidge is another key name to note.

Intellectual property and media specialists Hansel Henson are a highlighted particularly for soft IP and media-related disputes. Founders David Hansel and Thomas Henson head up the practice which includes Justine Flockhart. The team acts for Globefill  (the makers of Crystal Head Vodka) on extension of, and several disputes for protection of, its UK and EU trade mark and design rights. It also continues to act for Interoute in a claim brought by easyGroup. Other clients include Freesat, Steinhoff UK Retail and the Science Museum.

The 'competent and knowledgeable' team at Howard Kennedy LLP acts for clients such as Pandora Jewellery, Strada Italian Restaurants and ePlus Technology Inc. The group was instructed by Micad Systems UK on the acquisition of software company Integrated Handheld solutions, including on IP rights relating to valuable software. It has also acted for large brand retailers and restaurants on strategic IP, including on licensing and joint venture issues, as well as in contentious matters. Robert Landsis highlighted as being 'efficient with an in-depth knowledge' heads up the practice which also includes Mark Stephens CBE, who has particular media sector expertise.

Irwin Mitchell 's intellectual property team acts for Capita on its IP matters, including management of its global trade marks, copyright issues and patented processes and products. The department also handles brand protection and enforcement of rights for the British Chamber of Commerce and retailer Sweaty Betty. The 'hardworking, enthusiastic, commercial' Georgie Collins heads the London office, which includes senior associate and trade mark attorney Kirsten Doherty. The team also leverages its national team, which includes Alex Newman in Leeds.

Locke Lord LLP's intellectual property practice handles contentious, strategic and transactional matters. John Olsen leads the team, and has particular experience handling complex trade mark matters. Other key names to note include Ben Hitchens who has acted for large brands in multi-jurisdictional intellectual property disputes. The group was bolstered with the arrival of Andrew Shindler from King & Wood Mallesons who has expertise across commercial, technology, intellectual property and data protection law.

Penningtons Manches Cooper's 'excellent' intellectual property department is instructed by clients such as Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce and new client Joseph Giles. It successfully represented CHT Germany in oppositions to trade mark applications made for UK and EU trade mark rights by a Chinese company. In another work highlight, the group advised the Institute of Psychoanalysis on copyright and other issues, including contracts with contributors, licensors and publishers. Anna Frankum heads up the practice, alongside Oxford-based Chris Shelley,  and focuses predominantly on non-contentious IP matters, Alex Fox handles disputes, both at litigation and arbitration. Change to the team include the departures of Rachael Barber to join Kemp Little LLP  and Jim Kinnier Wilson to establish Wilson Life Sciences.

Offering 'solid legal advice and a well‚Äďgrounded commercial perspective', the multidisciplinary practice at PwC LLP¬†boasts¬†'a wealth of IP expertise and experience, blended seamlessly with an impressive array of resources and contacts'.¬†The 'talented team' handles¬†strategic advice such as on issues of international licensing, acquisitions and disposal of IP rights in addition to representing clients in contentious matters. It is headed up the 'excellent'¬†Latika Sharma¬†, who is praised for offering 'practical advice'. Jonathan Nugent¬†is highlighted for his 'great client service' and Jennifer Winterhalder¬†is also recommended.¬†Bupa, Chemical Intelligence and RELX Group are all clients.

Stevens & Bolton LLP 's Guildford-based intellectual property team is highlighted as 'excellent', particularly for contentious matters. The department successfully defended Future Publishing in claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. In another work highlight practice head Tom Lingard led the successful representation of Snapbook Photo Printing Studio in trade mark infringement proceedings in both the UK and Poland. The group is also instructed by Kia Motors (UK), Accord Healthcare and new clients Samsung and Nintendo. Charlotte Tillett is another key name to note, Tillet and Lingard both attract praise for being 'responsive and pragmatic in their advice'. Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are singled out for technology sector matters and licensing of brands through franchising respectively.

TLT's intellectual property team handles contentious and non-contentious matters for well-known brands. The group handles trade mark matters for Compare The Market globally, including monitoring and responding to online infringements. Practice head Nick Fenner is leading a team advising digital-only bank Starling Bank on management of its portfolio and IP issues associated with new product launches. The group also acts for Provexis plc on patent protection and on collaborations and licensing arrangements, including with BYHealth in China. TUI Travel, BT Sport and digital agency Cogora are all clients.

The 'cost efficient' intellectual property team at Waterfront Solicitors LLP offers a 'personal service' in contentious matters. The group was instructed by Banijay Rights, Banijay Group and Nordisk Film TV in allegations of copyright infringement and breach of confidence in relation to an international television format. In another work highlight the practice acted for PMS International Group plc in a dispute brought by Fatboy BV alleging infringement of registered design rights. The 'very responsive' Matthew Harris and Piers Strickland jointly head the team.

The 'expert and highly knowledgeable' intellectual property team at Wedlake Bell LLP attract praise for being 'reliable and consistent' and 'providing clear friendly and appropriate advice'. The 'smart, intelligent and authoritative' Michael Gardner heads up the department and is leading a team representing Kaboodle in a trade mark infringement claim against Homebase and Bunnings stores. The 'very thorough and responsive' Jonathan Cornthwaite acts for Momondo Group on trade mark matters, including in trade mark opposition proceedings. In another work highlight, the group is acting for YoBike on licensing arrangements relating to its patented YoBike bicycle rental system and mobile app. Lacoste, Tesco Stores and Which? are all clients.

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