D Young & Co 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.

Silver - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Gold - Firms: prosecution and strategy

Home to trademark attorneys and solicitors who work together like clockwork, D Young & Co is one of the most versatile practices in the top tier of the UK trademark market. Almost all UK firms have had to re-strategise in recent years as a result of Brexit; but D Young & Co’s Munich office – led by Jana Bogatz – is highlighted by German practitioners as one of the most successful examples of a UK outfit setting up shop on the continent. LUSH, Sega, Instagram and Procter & Gamble are just four of the A-listers which have sought out its support this year, and each has been well served by its all-star practitioners. Managing LUSH’s COSMETIC WARRIORS trademark portfolio – and representing it on 30 to 40 enforcement and registry matters at any one time – is a team which includes Tamsin Holman, Anna Reid and Gemma Kirkland. Holman comes with “state-of-the-art commercial understanding”, and has also been busy representing Sega in High Court litigation against Manchester United FC and advising Procter & Gamble on a wide range of contentious matters. Solicitor Reid made partner in 2018 and ably tackles both opposition proceedings and High Court disputes. Jointly, the pair are hailed as “exceptional IP lawyers of the highest calibre”: “They always deliver high-quality legal work and advice at a very reasonable price. They are very practical, understand their clients and are extremely responsive to their needs. They and their colleagues are a cut above the rest and do not disappoint.” Trademark attorney Kirkland brings hands-on experience from her time in-house at BP and receives similarly illustrious reviews: “I have enormous confidence and trust in Gemma’s professionalism and ability to faithfully protect our brands and trademarks throughout the world. She is a huge asset to her firm and her clients.” Tackling Instagram’s UK oppositions work – which has included more than 35 separate matters since the start of 2020 – is solicitor Matthew Dick, who handles brand-related contentious matters of every flavour. “In every instance, Matthew provides efficient and practical legal recommendations aligned with clients’ overall enforcement philosophy and objectives.” Spearheading the trademark attorney side of the practice is Jeremy Pennant, who was one of the first independent experts appointed by Nominet to adjudicate on UK domain name disputes. “Jeremy always provides wise counsel combined with in-depth knowledge of UK and EU trademark law and practice. His and his team have scored some high-profile trademark victories for Fortune 500 companies.” The hotshot trademark attorneys working alongside Pennant include Jackie Johnson, Helen Cawley and Richard Burton. During a decade with the firm, Johnson has acted in myriad oppositions before the UKIPO and the EUIPO. Cawley’s clients include clothmaker Fox Brothers & Co; while trademark attorney litigator Burton assists the likes of Zoopla Property Group, Adele, Heineken and Lenovo. “Helen is reliable, clear, thorough and shows strong business sense, subject-matter expertise and judgement.” “Richard understands the specific challenges facing a business and provides thoughtful, innovative solutions to complex problems.”

Firm Profile

Clients choose D Young & Co for IP services confident in the knowledge, experience and dedication that has characterised the firm’s work throughout its history.

We are proud of our heritage, built through supporting innovative organisations of every shape and size. Established by David Young in 1891, we have become one of the United Kingdom’s largest IP firms, serving clients throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and all global markets.

Over 200 members of staff are based at offices in London, Munich and Southampton. We remain committed to providing only the best IP advice available – whether to SMEs or international businesses, whatever the invention, technology or brand.

Our client base is diverse and international, including blue-chip and global organisations, research institutes, start-ups and SMEs, and spans all industry sectors and technologies.

We offer a streamlined, cost-effective service to our clients, with trademark attorneys working alongside solicitors and German Rechtsanwälte (attorneys at law). We advise and assist on UK, German and EU rights, as well as global trademark portfolio management and enforcement.

The WTR 1000 states: “The results are excellent: D Young & Co delivers top-quality legal advice at a reasonable cost, and is very responsive to rights holders’ needs.”

Trademark and brand expertise

The D Young & Co trademark team has an impeccable track record, setting the standard in trademark protection and enforcement. We have been ranked top tier in our profession year on year for trademark services in the United Kingdom by all of the major legal directories.

The team works on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious trademark matters, including:

  • trademark clearance searches;
  • global trademark filing and brand strategies;
  • auditing trademark portfolios;
  • worldwide trademark registrations;
  • trademark opposition, invalidation and cancellation actions;
  • trademark appeals;
  • enforcing and defending registered and unregistered trademark rights;
  • trademark infringement advice;
  • due diligence;
  • parallel imports and re-packaging cases;
  • anti-counterfeiting;
  • passing off and comparative advertising; and
  • trademark litigation in UK and EU courts.

Our clients range from innovative sole traders to global brand leaders in a broad range of industries. Particular areas of expertise include fashion, sport, entertainment, engineering and construction, media, fast-moving consumer goods, food and drink, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, financial services and luxury goods.

Our trademark attorneys, Rechtsanwälte, solicitors and attorneys at law are extremely active in the profession, as well as in policy development. When not visiting clients, our attorneys regularly speak at European and international conferences. They present on law and practice developments at events including those organised by the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, the Institute of Trademark Attorneys, INTA, MARQUES and ECTA.

IP litigation specialists

As a legal disciplinary practice, we bring together the specialist IP services of trademark attorneys, solicitors and attorneys at law in a single IP firm. This establishes D Young & Co as an IP centre of excellence and raises the bar for the quality and depth of our IP and related advice. As a one-stop shop for all IP and related issues, we can pass on significant cost savings to clients – whatever their budget.

IP litigation can be technically and legally complex, and involves some of the most valuable assets of a business. We provide clients with a first-class, cost-effective service to resolve their trademark, design, copyright, unfair competition and other IP-related disputes, including those involving confidential information. We are accustomed to acting for both rights holders and alleged infringers in relation to infringement and invalidity actions, as well as actions for declaratory relief.

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