Barker Brettell LLP

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Gold - Firms: prosecution and strategy

Indisputably one of the country’s top prosecution shops, as evidenced by its consistent appearance in the top three UK filers, Barker Brettell continues to build on its venerable 130-year legacy. As well as winning several significant new portfolios lately, it has taken on a wealth of new instructions in relation to Brexit, dealing with an unprecedented number of cloned marks. Its team is also expanding; while its Swedish office affords clients reassuring continuity of service across the whole of the European Union. “There is a sense of comfort when you ask Barker Brettell for any trademark advice – you know you are in safe hands. They respond quickly, efficiently and with clarity; and they can always be depended on to provide practical and cost-effective advice directed at your business interests.” One significant new signing is Spectrum Brands Holdings, whose Russell Hobbs portfolio the firm now manages globally and whose Remington brand it manages together with US counsel. Taking care of this work are Tracy Arch and Lisa King. Creative problem solver Arch has been masterminding the firm’s Brexit strategy and the development of its Stockholm office. “She has a direct approach, cutting things down to the key facts without using extraneous words,” reports one overseas peer. King also receives rave reviews from clients: “Lisa can provide clear advice to all parties and detail the options available at each stage. She has deep knowledge and understanding of trademark law, is pragmatic and business focused, and is also a good sounding board to brainstorm ideas with. On a personal level, she is warm, approachable and professional.” Similarly acclaimed are Lucy Walker, who has been advising market-leading health food company Grenade since its launch in 2010; and Rosalyn Newsome, who drives the firm’s relationships with cosmetics clients. Peers observe that Walker provides “practical commercial advice to a quick turnaround”; while clients call Newsome a “consummate professional”. “Rosalyn’s work is timely, and she delivers high-quality, cost-effective, business-oriented guidance and work product.” Completing the line-up is trademarks head and global visionary Catherine Wiseman, who sees problems before they appear and leads by example. “Catherine is a superb brands strategist and trusted adviser to many significant brand owners. Her knowledge, experience and understanding of the international trademark landscape give her an edge over others. She has a deep and experienced international network, and the role she plays in coordinating portfolio management and development across that network should not be underestimated. But more than that, Catherine is technically at the top of her game and over the years has developed the rising stars at Barker Brettell into superb attorneys. Catherine has sound commercial judgement, provides wise counsel and is a true collaborator and connector.”

Firm Profile

Barker Brettell firm profile changes - WTR submission, November 2021

Other office locations:   London, Southampton, Stockholm, Uppsala

Firm description:

Barker Brettell is best known for ‘making clients’ lives easier’ by providing pragmatic and robust advice on the protection of IP assets. With 28 partners and 42 attorneys supported by more than 80 experienced administrative professionals, the practice is located over four offices in the United Kingdom and Sweden. The cornerstone of Barker Brettell continues to be trademarks, patents, designs and copyright, offering clients fully integrated IP solutions. The firm enjoys a strong reputation both nationally and internationally, as well as being consistently top ranked in many of the leading directories and in professional IP research and analysis.

Trademark team

Barker Brettell’s trademark practice comprises 16 trademark attorneys, offering a seamless and consistent service to the practice’s UK, European and globally based clients.

Acting directly before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the EUIPO (until 1 January) and the WIPO, Barker Brettell consistently ranks among the top filers of UK trademarks (and formerly EU trademarks until this work transferred to the Stockholm office).

Key industry sectors include food and drink, automotive, cosmetics, medical, computing and software, energy, aerospace and universities.

For each sector the practice specialisms include IP strategy; the searching, filing and prosecution of applications; oppositions; cancellations; enforcement programmes; negotiation of settlement agreements; renewals; assignments and licensing; domain name issues; internet takedown actions; customs and excise actions; due diligence exercises; portfolio management; and counterfeiting issues.

Senior trademark practitioners

Catherine Wiseman heads up Barker Brettell’s trademark team, and is routinely named as a leading individual in the trademark space. She has been with the firm for 25 years.

Ms Wiseman is a serving member of the Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys (CITMA) Council, which reviews and sets the strategic direction of CITMA. As part of that role she is also on the CITMA Paralegal Committee and is currently serving on the Representative Advisory and Working Groups, which are reviewing the position on representation before the UKIPO.

Partner Tracy Arch is head of Barker Brettell’s food and drink sector group, has been co-chair of INTA’s Trademark Administrator’s Outreach Sub-committee since 2019, and will be joining the Leadership Committee for the next two-year term. Ms Arch is also vice-chair of the CITMA’s webinar and lectures working group and sits on the Events Steering Group.

Partner Lucy Walker is head of Barker Brettell’s attorney development as well as being the firm’s equality, diversity and inclusion officer. Ms Walker sits on the CITMA Education, Qualification and Standards Committee, which oversees and seeks to develop the education programme for members. Ms Walker also sits on the CITMA Paralegal Working Group.

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