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Paul Rawlinson

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Intellectual property.


Paul is the London-based Global Chair of Baker McKenzie. He joined the Firm in 1986 focusing on intellectual property and made partner in 1996. He served as London Managing Partner from 2013 to 2016, when he was named the Firm's first British Chair. Educated in the UK and France, Paul has advised international clients with extensive IP portfolios on protection and enforcement, and has vast experience in trade mark, trade secret, copyright, design and technology issues. Paul led the Firm's Global Intellectual Property practice group from 2004 to 2010. Since his appointment as Global Chair in October 2016, Paul has been very active with our people and clients visiting our offices in many parts of the world and talking to a range of key national and international media including CNBC, the Financial Times, Bloomberg and Reuters. In his new role Paul also attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos for the first time in January 2017 where he participated in a number of public and private sessions and met clients, NGOs and the media. He has also chaired and spoken at a number of Baker McKenzie external conferences and seminars on business and legal issues. Paul has gained a wide range of experience in trade mark, trade secret, passing off, copyright, design and technology issues. He advises a range of global clients with extensive IP portfolios on strategies for protection and enforcement of their IP rights. He has been instrumental in developing new ways of working with global clients and pioneered the IP group's off-shoring strategy involving the creation of its Global IP Support Centre in Manila. Paul counts Cisco, L'Oréal, HP, JCB, British American Tobacco, and Eli Lilly, among clients he represents both with respect to their UK legal matters and, for many, as coordinator for their global IP needs.


Articled Baker McKenzie; qualified 1988; partner 1995 to date; seconded to Hong Kong office (1991-1993); editor Baker McKenzie 'Guide to Intellectual Property Laws in Central & Eastern Europe'; co-editor of 'Guide to Famous Marks'; chair of global intellectual property group for Baker McKenzie; London office management committee.


English; French; Spanish


IACC - Member; BASCAP - Member; Law Society of England & Wales - Member; International Trademark Association (INTA) - Member; Association des Practiciens du Droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM) - Board Member


University of Kent at Canterbury (B.A. Law) (1984); University of Paris XI (Licence en droit) (1985); College of Law at Guildford (L.S.F.) (1986)


Soccer, tennis, wining and dining, snowboarding.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

The team at Baker McKenzie  is noted for ‘understanding the world of business and providing pragmatic advice’. Key figures in the practice are Michelle Blunt , a specialist in transactional and commercial IP; her clients include Google and HSBC and Jessica Le Gros who leads on global trademark strategies, clearance and disputes. On the contentious IP side, digital media expert Ben Allgrove  regularly acts for clients such as Niantic, Pinterest and Warner Bros, while Paul Rawlinson specializes in brand enforcement and litigation. Michael Hart  advises on copyright, designs and trademark law, Helen Brown  and Julia Hemmings  both focus on commercial, marketing and regulatory advisory work for retail brands.

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