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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Browne Jacobson LLP works across all aspects of IP on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has ‘good industry knowledge’, ‘excellent experience‘ and 'a high level of commercial acumen’. Declan Cushley heads the national IP practice and regularly advises Marston’s on oppositions and infringements.  Patent litigation expert Mark Daniels represented the London Taxi Corporation on a dispute against Frazer-Nash Research and Ecotive over alleged infringement of the shape of the client’s taxi cabs. He also advised Roger Bullivant on a patent licensing dispute. Cerryg Jones specialises in trade mark disputes and advised Comic Enterprises on its dispute with Twentieth Century Fox over infringement relating to the former’s comedy venue ‘The Glee Club’ and the latter’s TV shoe ‘Glee’. Consultant Peter Ellis is also a notable name, with significant strengths in contentious matters.

DLA Piper UK LLP  runs the gamut of IP services, with a client roster that includes General Electric, Heineken and McCain. Richard Taylor heads the practice and recently advised The Premier League on copyright infringement issues stemming from streaming services and bars broadcasting its content without a license. Also recommended are contentious IP specialist Satnam Sahota  and Gareth Stokes , who advised Clinigen Group on the IP aspects of its public takeover of Quantum Pharma.

Gowling WLG’s broad IP practice is ‘very efficient’ and ‘practical’, with clients that includes Fujifilm and GSK. Birmingham-based Pat Duxbury  is an expert in life sciences matters, particularly on transactional work. Luke Kempton similarly focuses on life sciences, with expertise in both patent litigation and transactional matters. Soft IP specialist Kate Swaine advised Weetabix on trade mark, copyright and design right matters, and also advised iCandy on alleged infringement from BabyStyle, regarding the design of a pushchair.

Freeths LLP provides 'a great level of service’ where you get ‘timely, pragmatic advice which focuses on the important elements’. The firm primarily works on soft IP matters and is particularly active in the retail sector. Practice head Simon Barker is 'an expert in his field and a safe pair of hands’ and recently advised Birlea Furniture when it took action against Platinum for allegedly infringing upon its BIRLEA trade mark. He also defended Aldi against two separate allegations of trade mark infringement: one from Dualit which alleged it infringed upon the shape of one of its toasters; and another from Miles-Bramwell Executive Services which alleged that the client’s ‘SLIM FREE’ mark infringed upon the accuser’s Slimming World brand. Other key clients include Travis Perkins, Poundland and Center Parcs. Senior associate Kishan Pattni is also a key figure, with notable expertise in the media sector.

HGF Law is known for its ‘depth of knowledge’ with a skillset in hard and soft IP. Marie McMorrow advised Blue Gentian on its product XHose which was alleged to have infringed upon Hozelock and Babystyle UK which allegedly infringed upon iCandy World’s baby strollers. Also recommended is legal director Tom Nener, who is ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘pro-active’ and focuses on contentious IP matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP  has expertise in both contentious and transactional IP matters. Cerys Wyn Davies  heads the practice and has a strong focus on IP matters relating to the technology sector. She recently advised the London School of Economics and Political Science on infringements against its name, logo and reputation. Legal director Jo Alderson   primarily focuses on the IP aspects of M&A and private equity transactions. She recently advised Bosch on the IP elements of its minority acquisition in BOXT.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is skilled in both contentious and non-contentious matters and is a particularly active in the education sector. Nick Briggs has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of IP’, is ‘easy to talk to’, and is ‘calm and very clear in his advice’. He recently advised Don & Low on a complex patent litigation and Novomatic AG on the revocation of a trade mark used by the Marriott hotel chain. Mauro Paiano ‘gives very sensible, pragmatic advice’ and worked with The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education on opposing EQAA European Quality Assurance Agency UG’s registration of the EU trade mark “EQAA”. She also advised Brunet International against design right infringement brought by Brunet against Next on its lace garments.

Wright Hassall LLP's IP practice has notably strong capabilities in the sectors of manufacturing and gaming. Rhys Jarman heads the practice and advised Cad Cam Automotive on oppositions to trade mark applications and Tumble Tots on alleged trade mark infringement. Christine Jackson focuses on non-contentious matters and recently advised an independent games developer on a proposed game software development agreement. Trade mark and branding specialist Iain Colville recently advised a provider of entertainment technology on a licensing rights dispute.

Brethertons LLP ’s work in IP focuses on transactional and contractual matters. Brian Auld heads the practice and has notable strengths in software license agreements. Leanne Lawrence is also a key figure with expertise on the IP aspects of transactions.

Mills & Reeve LLP  is led by Claire O’Brien, who specialises in contentious matters. She recently advised Jaguar Land Rover on its action against Bombardier Recreational Products regarding its sale of off road vehicles called 'Defender', which infringes upon the client's vehicle of the same name. She also assisted the Indian government organisation APEDA on opposing trade mark registrations that use the word 'basmati' but provide 'basmati' rice that doesn't adhere to its traditional technical and geographical criteria.

Shoosmiths LLP s IP team has a heavy focus on the areas of science, technology and engineering. Andrew Brennan  heads the practice and recently advised DynaEnergetics on a patent infringement claim against GeoDynamics and Datalase on its numerous patent license agreements. He also advised the University of Nottingham on its technology transfer contracts and Octopus on the IP elements of its second round investment into Reactive Technologies. The life sciences-focused legal director Lisa Page  recently joined from BPE Solicitors LLP. Other key figures include: senior associate Nichola Jenkins , who specialises in non-contentious matters; associate Imogen Francis , who focuses on the technology sector and IP litigator Eloise Di Pasqua .

VWV works predominantly in the media, creative arts and charities sectors. Doug Locke heads the team and recently advised Malvern College on trademark registrations. Frances Anderson is ‘pragmatic’, ‘aware’ and ‘intelligent’ and his notable strengths in advising on research and development agreements and technology contracts.

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