Burness Paull LLP

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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.

Gold - Firms: solicitors

For several years now, Burness Paull has been the uncontested leader in Scottish IP litigation and competitors confirm that it is “unquestionably deserving of its gold ranking”. It has lately acted in more than half of the actions raised in the Scottish IP Court and added a host of new clients to its roster in sectors from food and drink to pharmaceuticals. Key among them is Harris Tweed Authority, to which it provides comprehensive portfolio management and enforcement support. Leading on this – and heading up the IP practice – is Scottish IP litigation king Colin Hulme. A figure whose reputation proceeds him, he is praised for his “unparalleled knowledge of trademark law”, “proactive and personal approach” and “particular expertise in certification and collective marks”. He has assembled and nurtured a strong team around him, which includes up-and-comer Megan Briggs, who is already receiving recognition from peers. Steering the transactional side of the practice, meanwhile, are Colin Miller and David Goodbrand. Qualified to act in both Scotland and England, Glasgow-based Miller captains the non-contentious IP department and ably sews up IP licensing and franchising agreements; while Edinburgh-based Goodbrand combines IP commercialisation insight with data protection knowledge to superb effect.

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