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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: prosecution and strategy

For over a century, Dehns has provided a reliable, well-informed and all-encompassing trademark prosecution service to enterprises from across the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. The group – comprised of over 260 staff – works from eight offices in London, Oxford, Brighton, Manchester, Sandwich, Bristol, Munich and Oslo, ensuring that its offering transcends geographical boundaries. Many clients have been with the firm for decades, with some relationships exceeding 50 years in length, thanks to the approachable and flexible working ethos on show. The busy firm also continues to attract new custom, with 65 new trademark clients joining the roster in 2020. It has also seen recent personnel growth – not least thanks to the arrival of litigation head Paul Harris, who made the move from Venner Shipley in 2021. With a caseload encompassing both patents and trademarks, he is set to be a major boon to Dehns’ contentious offering. Receiving high acclaim from peers on the prosecution side are Joseph Letang and Elaine Deyes. London-based Deyes has been with the firm for 25 years and spends her time devising pan-European filing strategies, providing dispute resolution insight and handling domain name and company name suits. Brighton-based Letang, meanwhile, is a trademark prosecution maven who capably tends to the needs of regional SMEs as well as managing the global IP portfolios of heavyweights in the cosmetics, entertainment, restaurants and engineering fields. He has lately been fronting complex opposition proceedings on behalf of Otis Elevator Company and Walter Kidde Portable Equipment. Also based in Brighton, Clare Mann maintains a similarly versatile practice. She is calm, measured and client friendly – all qualities which are essential when managing global portfolios. Heading up the trademark group is Roberto Calamita, who has been resident at the firm since 1985 and is a valuable resource for young enterprises in need of clear and decisive trademark strategies.

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