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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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John Wallace

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Boult Wade Tennant LLP

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John has two significant roles in the firm. He is the firm’s current Managing Partner and Head of the firm’s highly regarded and growing Trade Mark and Domain Names Group. He is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney


Managing Partner


John is an acknowledged prosecution expert. He has substantial expertise in relation to Trade Mark portfolio reviews, rebranding programmes and advice on global protection and enforcement strategies. He specialises in providing global strategy advice. John acts for many household names, from major UK retailers to food manufacturers.

John also has particular experience in Trade Marks Registry hearings and regularly takes hearings in the prosecution stages of proceedings for clients of the firm. He has an extensive background of contentious proceedings before the UKIPO, the EUIPO and before Registries internationally and is a particular specialist in Community Trade Mark procedure and opposition proceedings. Recently he has provided litigation support to clients in appeals to the Higher Courts of the EU, including the ECJ.

John frequently acts in counterfeit cases with trading standards and also supports clients in cases involving HM Revenue and Customs.

John acts on a pro bono basis for the charity that provides emotional support, filing UK and Madrid applications on its behalf. He also drafted an agreement between the charity and a subsidiary charity.


  • INTA


  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
  • European Trade Mark Attorney
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Southampton

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Within: PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

The 'absolutely first-class' Boult Wade Tennant has a team which is 'experienced', 'punctilious', 'speedy' and 'strategic'. Managing partner John Wallace has extensive experience in trade mark prosecution. The 'client-focused' Emma Pitcher is particularly good at handling trade mark and domain name infringement issues and has considerable experience in Indian IP law. The 'superb' Catherine Wolfe 'always goes above and beyond the call of duty' and regularly advises on IP issues relating to China. Other key figures include Tony Pluckrose, who is an expert in prosecution matters, and Felicity Hide, who specialises in filing and portfolio management.

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  • Boult Wade Tennant ranked top tier for Trade Mark in MIP‚Äôs IP Stars Handbook

    We are delighted to announce that Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has ranked our trade mark practice in the top tier of its 2016 annual survey. MIP’s IP Stars rankings are based on extensive research among thousands of intellectual property practitioners from around the globe, creating one of the most comprehensive and authoritative surveys of the IP legal market. It covers 80 countries and identifies the best patent, trade mark and copyright firms and practitioners in the world.
    - Boult Wade Tennant

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