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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

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.

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PATMA: Patent attorneys
PATMA: Patent attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP¬†focuses on the chemistry, engineering and technology sectors, with Ian Kirby¬†, Susan Kirsch¬†, Gary Small¬†,¬†Hugh Goodfellow¬†and managing partner Richard Jackson¬†at the fore.¬†Kirby heads the disputes team and recently defended Align Technologies against oppositions to its teeth retainer technology. Small is head of the engineering and technology team and recently represented¬†Ethicon, which faced oppositions to its barbed sutures. Paul Bettridge¬†is another key figure in the team and worked with Gilette on its defence against¬†Wilkinson Sword‚Äôs opposition of the client's ‚ÄėFusion‚Äô razor blades. Goodfellow heads the life sciences team and is supported by James Warner,¬†who acted for Gilead in the defence of its¬†tenofovir alafenamide patent against four opponents. Cameron Marshall¬†is also a key figure at the team and advised Merck on its significant appeal against Shionogi regarding the revocation of the latter's patent which was needed for Merck‚Äôs Isentress product.¬†Kirsch is head of the chemistry team.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP covers the whole spectrum of trade mark work, with Roger Lush and Jonathan Day at the fore. Lush's recent work highlights include advising Bear Grylls Ventures on opposing copycat applications in China and Turkey, and assisting Belron with the expansion of its CARGLASS brand in the MENA region. Notable mandates of Day's include representing Western Digital Technologies in a dispute against Seagate Technology regarding the use of the client's WD PURPLE product in comparative advertising. Also recommended is senior associate Lara Elder, who is an expert in brand management and protection.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

The team at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP provides 'excellent service', 'consistently wins big cases' and 'is very well prepared'. Hugh Goodfellow heads the life sciences team and recently represented Abraxis BioScience in its appeal against the UKIPO’s rejection of an SPC grant for Abraxane, which can be used to treat breast, lung and pancreatic cancer. Leading the dispute resolution team is Ian Kirby, who regularly acts on patent and trade mark disputes. Camilla Balleny is also an expert in patent litigation  and recently defended Celegene against three patent revocations relating to its top-selling drug Revlimid, which is used to treat multiple myeloma. Also working on patent disputes is David Wilson, who acted in two High Court patent infringement and revocation proceedings between his client PacBio and Oxford Nanopore Technologies, which allegedly infringed upon the client's DNA sequencing technology. Cameron Marshall worked with Merck on its appeal against Shionogi, which sought to revoke the client's anti-HIV integrase inhibitor ISENTRESS. Other key figures include Jake Marshall, who is head of transactions; James Warner, who leads the life sciences team; Mark Chapman, who heads the biotech life sciences group; and pharmaceuticals specialists Edward Oates.

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