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.
Bronze - Firms: enforcement and litigation
Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy
Beck Greener is known not only for its longstanding client relationships – many of which have endured for several decades – but also for the prestige of the names on its books. While it moves in fields from high technology to pharmaceuticals, the media and entertainment sector is a particular stronghold. In the last year alone, the firm has filed and prosecuted trademarks for Paul McCartney’s company MPL Communications; coordinated international filing strategies for Ed Sheeran and his company Sidewind; acted for data centre service provider Telehouse in a major invalidity claim; and provided comprehensive brands advice to Big Four accounting firm PwC. Acting on the former three pieces is Duncan Morgan; while the latter is being handled by Ian Bartlett. In addition to being a qualified trademark attorney, Morgan benefits from qualification as an IP litigator and enhanced rights of audience before the High Court. His clients include not only some of the biggest stars in music, but also everyone from software developers to publishers and fashion houses; and he also has a growing copyright practice. Practice head Bartlett is three decades seasoned and shows no sign of slowing down, as reflected by his status as the second-most regular advocate appearing before the UKIPO over the past five years. “Ian is extremely good to work with – he gets on very well with clients and has a deep understanding of trademark and related law and process.” Catherine Jewell boasts qualification as a UK trademark attorney as well as an Irish trademark agent, and juggles her soft IP work with a thriving patent practice. “Catherine is a knowledgeable and talented attorney who takes the time to understand the nature of the client’s business and its objectives from an IP point of view, and then works to develop a realistic strategy to achieve those objectives. Her knowledge of the relevant case law, ability to analyse a situation, writing ability, organisational skills and attention to detail cannot be overstated.” Connecting the firm to Europe is Rowland Buehrlen, who manages the Alicante office and is fluent in French and German. A qualified Irish trademark agent, he has developed thorough knowledge of both UK and European trademark law over the last two decades.