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D Young & Co LLP

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London, Munich, Southampton

D Young & Co is one of Europe's best known IP firms, setting the standard for legal expertise and technical knowledge with its top-tier partnership, and highly-qualified, client-focused team.

The firm: Founder David Young established the firm in 1891 in London. One of its first patents concerned the protection of improvements in the manufacture of cornets and other wind instruments. From these small beginnings D Young & Co LLP has grown to become one of Europe's largest IP firms, serving clients throughout Europe, the US, Asia and all global markets.

D Young & Co is proud of its heritage, built through supporting innovative organisations of every shape, size and type. Clients choose the firm for its intellectual property services, confident in the knowledge, experience and dedication that have characterised its work throughout the firm's history. The firm's attorneys and solicitors have a deep knowledge and understanding of the science behind patented inventions, how brands operate in different markets and of the legal landscape underlying IP rights.

As one of Europe's best known IP firms, it sets the standard for legal expertise and technical knowledge, and has been ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and IP Stars. The firm also won UK Trade Mark Prosecution Firm of the Year in the 2017 MIP Global Awards, and was ranked as 'gold' for trade marks by WTR 1000. The firm aligns the services of IP attorneys and solicitors in order to provide a streamlined, cost-effective service to clients that advises and assists not just on UK and EU IP rights, but also on global portfolio management and enforcement.

The firm has recently published the first editions of its books European Design Law and EPO Board of Appeal Decisions. The third edition of its European Trade Mark Decisions book is expected to publish in 2017.

Types of work undertaken: Patents: D Young & Co has one of the most respected and largest patent teams in Europe, providing a full range of patent services, including patent drafting, filing and prosecuting, and representing clients at oppositions and appeals.

Trade marks: the D Young & Co trade mark team has an impeccable track record, setting the standard in trade mark protection. The firm's trade mark attorneys and solicitors can help with all trade mark requirements, including clearance searches, trade mark registrations and opposition, invalidation and cancellation actions.

Designs: D Young & Co's highly regarded team of experts is experienced in advising on the full range of issues relating to product design, packaging, branding and copyright across all commercial sectors. As well as filing registered design applications in the UK and EU, the team also files them worldwide through its foreign design attorney network.

Dispute resolution and legal: D Young & Co's solicitors have extensive experience in all forms of intellectual property dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration. They have acted in high-stakes cases relating to all technical areas. In addition to conducting litigation in the UK, the firm has extensive experience in co-ordinating and supporting multi-country disputes involving courts across Europe, Asia and the US.

Other offices: Munich, Southampton

  • Number of UK partners: 32
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 53

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