Appleyard Lees IP LLP

WTR Research

The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy

The stats confirm that Appleyard Lees is one to watch in the UK trademark space: its 50-plus team has expanded by almost two-thirds in the past three years and its revenue has grown by more than 20% over the past five. With offices in Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge and Halifax, it is readily on hand to serve some of the country’s most innovative businesses. Building symbiotic relationships with in-house teams, the group takes time to create strategies that match the needs of clients, prioritising commercial objectives over legal technicalities. Newly minted partner Chris Hoole embodies the firm’s ‘do-it-all’ ethos, as a dual-qualified solicitor and trademark attorney. He has lately been busy with five oppositions and a High Court dispute on behalf of tele-dentistry business Smile Direct Club; and uncompromising anti-counterfeiting campaigns are a further string to his bow. Also dual qualified is Robert Cumming, who has recently been assisting Italian luxury brand Moncler with its global anti-counterfeiting strategy. “Rob understands the role of IP and clearly places its value in a commercial context. When obstacles arise, he can advise quickly on the implications and suggest ways to mitigate the risk for all parties. His insightful advice is invaluable and ensures the smooth running of cases.” Joining Hoole and Cumming in the rankings this year is 30-years-experienced Bill Lister, who has recently been representing Fit Kitchen Ltd in infringement proceedings against Scratch Meals, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. He has carved a niche working on matters involving the BBC’s regulatory department and the Office of Communications during his career.

Firm Profile

Appleyard Lees IP LLP is a leading IP law firm with approximately 60 patent and trademark attorneys and litigators. The firm offers a commercially intelligent approach to client service, incorporating flexibility and adaptability. Striving to be agile, the firm responds to specific client requirements in a way that suits them, tailoring its service accordingly. With a global reach and local knowledge, the firm offers expertise in patents, trademarks, IP strategy, designs, copyright, contentious proceedings and disputes.

With offices in UK innovation hotspots such as Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds, Halifax and the Biohub at Alderley Edge, Appleyard Lees is positioned to provide its clients with expert strategic IP advice in the United Kingdom and across the globe.

Strong client relationships

Appleyard Lees supports a broad range of IP owners, managers and creators, including in-house teams, R&D specialists, owner-managers and branding professionals. Appleyard Lees helps clients protect and monetise their IP assets, and manage post-grant challenges, such as oppositions and appeals, should they arise.

The firm has a collegiate ethos, rooted in fully understanding each client, to establish critical relationships of trust. Appleyard Lees is recognised for fostering and maintaining close-knit and longstanding client relationships, with large multinational organisations and start-up companies alike.

The firm has a fantastic track record of working with some of the world’s most exciting innovators, largest companies and household names, with numerous clients belonging to elite groups such as the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 2000, FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and Forbes Global 2000.

Appleyard Lees’ clients operate across a diverse collection of industries, including chemicals, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, bio and life sciences, pharmaceuticals, metals and heavy industry, higher education, hospitality, leisure and tourism.

Appleyard Lees is equally proud of the role that it has played in the development of high-growth start-up businesses, across an equally varied range of industry sectors.

Highly specialised and commercial legal team

Appleyard Lees is a market-leading firm, having assembled an impressive roster of dual-qualified patent, solicitor and trademark attorneys. The firm has great credibility within the market as its attorneys are able to assess and anticipate clients’ comprehensive needs across the full spectrum of IP matters, including prosecution, litigation and transactional work.

The Appleyard Lees patent team comprises dedicated specialists with hybrid academic backgrounds, PhDs and industry experience. Attorneys’ specialisms cover a range of industry sectors and the latest technologies.

Appleyard Lees’ team of accomplished trademark attorneys serves one of the most diverse client lists in the market. The firm’s client-base includes a number of multinational corporates operating across a broad range of industries, such as chemical, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical, metals and heavy industry.

Driving and supporting innovation

As a firm, Appleyard Lees is proud to drive innovation and to give back through the Appleyard Lees Growth Fund. The fund has been created to enable high-potential start-ups to grow commercially and allow their products and ideas to reach the market. Grants from the Appleyard Lees Growth Fund are awarded on a case-by-case basis to companies with winning ideas, a track record of innovation and a sound strategic approach.

Firm culture

Appleyard Lees recruits the very best IP professionals who have a passion for their individual areas of specialism. All of Appleyard Lees’ people are supported to develop in their roles with the objective of continuously improving client service.

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