Clifford Chance

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.

Bronze - Firms: enforcement and litigation

“A renowned firm in the region with an exceptional trademark offering”, Clifford Chance is a potent presence on the market whose finely attuned legal and commercial sensibilities have captured the attentions of myriad domestic brands, blue-chip multinationals and government agencies. Setting the bar at a lofty height is Miquel Montañá, who relishes the cut and thrust of multi-jurisdictional disputes. He complements his wealth of IP knowledge with a granular understanding of commercial and unfair competition law to deliver crisp results.

Recommended - Firms: transactions

Bronze - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Bronze - Firms: prosecution and strategy

Clifford Chance provides a cradle-to-grave trademark offering to a client roster befitting of a magic circle law firm and attracts wholly positive reviews in the process: “The overall level of service has consistently been excellent – great client relationship, outstanding legal advice, great knowledge of our business, very efficient and very responsive.” Whether contentious or non-contentious, instructions often have a cross-border angle; but thanks to its 60-strong global IP team across Europe, Asia and the United States, this never poses a problem. Heading up the practice in London are Vanessa Marsland and Stephen Reese. Marsland has walked the firm’s corridors since 1987 and focuses on the technology, media and consumer goods sectors. Recent key highlights include representing the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus Named Halloumi in High Court proceedings. Reese has stacked up two decades at the IP coalface, is intimately familiar with the pharmaceutical sphere and recently assisted BlackRock investment vehicle Fontaine Limited with its first European private equity investment. “He has considerable expertise in his field and both his drafting and negotiation skills are excellent.” Marsland and Reese are also responsible for the overall trademark strategy of the Absolut Company, along with client favourite Leigh Smith: “Leigh has strong knowledge of trademark law and is efficient from both a time and cost perspective. He understands clients’ needs and is very clear and to the point in his advice.”

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