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.

Gold - Firms: prosecution and strategy

Silver - Firms: enforcement and litigation

“D Young is an exceptional one-stop shop for all trademark prosecution matters in both the UK and EU.” The group has continued to flourish since Brexit and now manages over 25,000 UK registrations and cloned rights. The close collaboration with its German office has been essential in its recent successes, with plenty of clients benefiting from the team’s pan-European offering, including Skechers, which has placed its faith in Tamsin Holman to oversee the enforcement of its trademark rights in Spain and Denmark in the past year. Holman has also been representing Sega and Procter & Gamble in contentious proceedings. “Tamsin is an IP lawyer of the highest calibre. She consistently delivers high-quality legal work and advice at a very reasonable price. Tamsin is very practical, extremely responsive and simply a cut above the rest.” Taking care of Hard Rock International and LG Chem on the prosecution side is Matthew Dick. “Matthew’s knowledge and professionalism know no bounds. His advice is clear, detailed and transparent. His insight is unparalleled.” His colleague Richard Burton has recently been advising Lumenisity and Americold. “Richard’s expertise, responsiveness and overall communication skills make him wonderful to work with. He is practical, efficient, organized and his attention to detail and the quality of his legal writing are exceptional. Richard goes above and beyond to provide top-quality work product.” Providing further expertise are Jackie Johnson, Anna Reid, Gemma Kirkland, Jeremy Pennant and Helen Cawley. “Jackie is very responsive and provides high-quality advice. She is proactive, efficient and is excellent at guiding clients through IP issues.” “Anna provides excellent advice, focusing on reaching business-friendly solutions. She is prompt, responsive and, in the litigation context, is a formidable adversary. Anna is a pleasure to work with.” “Gemma is responsive, a great communicator and an expert in trademark law. She is an excellent team player and provides quick and insightful strategic advice.” “Jeremy’s knowledge of UK and EU trademark law is unrivalled. He provides excellent, business-focused advice, always seeking a prompt and cost-efficient resolution to various matters. He is extremely responsive, as well as reasonably priced.” Commercial operator Cawley is at her best when handling oppositions and cancellation actions before the UKIPO and EUIPO.

Bronze - Firms

The year 2023 marks the seventh anniversary of the founding of the Munich office of D Young & Co. Since then, the group has grown significantly and has been particularly busy post-Brexit, helping to maintain the firm’s pan-European offering. Jana Bogatz is the standout attorney on board and is highly popular with her peers and patrons. Teva Pharmaceuticals is just one of the many top names she represents. “Jana is extremely responsive, thorough and provides business-friendly advice. She aims to resolve disputes quickly and is a very cooperative legal partner, seeking out what the client’s ultimate goal is, and charting a clear path to reach that goal. Jana’s fees are also reasonable, and she is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

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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