Marks & Clerk

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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: trademark attorneys

Patent and trademark attorney firm Marks & Clerk has impressive geographical reach, thanks to its 17 offices worldwide; as such, the practitioners based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen can meet and exceed all trademark needs of a diverse clientele at a local, national and international level. Following the retirement of renowned attorney Campbell Newell, Jason Chester and Janice Morrison have picked up the mantle. “Attentive and easy to work with”, Chester is a particular favourite of Japanese clients and a key member of the firm’s Japanese territory group. He also has an affinity for the food and drinks sector, with several Scottish whisky and gin distillery clients on his books. Morrison is “extremely proactive”, with “an ability to break down problems into smaller pieces and offer multiple solutions”.

Bronze - Firms: prosecution and strategy

One of the oldest IP specialist practices in Hong Kong, Marks & Clerk has been serving clients since 1984. Through strong relationships with foreign associates across Southeast Asia, the firm offers comprehensive trademark services in the region and helps clients ranging from SMEs to multinationals in protecting and enforcing their IP rights – paying particular attention to the individual needs of each business. China-focused UK registered attorney Simon Speeks has been stationed in the Hong Kong office for nearly three decades. His practice covers everything related to trademarks – from portfolio management to dispute resolution and transactions.

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“A strong contender for filing, prosecution and opposition instructions in the European Union”, Marks & Clerk stands out for its “top-tier services and analyses that are to-the-point, timely and brimming with insight. Another plus point is its competitive pricing”. At the helm of its Luxembourg branch – one of 17 offices in an expansive network – is the dextrous Martin Gutwillinger. “One of the best lawyers in the field, Martin communicates clearly, has an open-minded approach and a friendly nature – all of which makes him a pleasure to work with.”

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Premier international IP firm Marks & Clerk has had boots on the ground in Canada for decades: its Ottawa office – the firm’s first outside the United Kingdom – was set up 100 years ago. Also present in Toronto, the firm offers a reliable prosecution and litigation service to well-known domestic and international brands. The group is helmed by Jonathan Colombo, who also serves as Canadian managing partner. He is a seasoned trademark and advertising litigator and counsellor, with more than three decades in the game behind him.

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“Marks & Clerk is very professional in executing trademark services and engaging with clients. They also provide excellent strategic advice and options from various perspectives, while being very transparent about the cost implications of each option.” Through its Kuala Lumpur outpost, the largest patent and trademark attorney firm in the United Kingdom has become a stalwart on the Malaysian IP scene, serving a predominantly foreign client base on IP matters in Southeast Asia. It recently negotiated an amicable settlement for Pear Technologies with Apple in two trademark opposition matters. Director Gerald Samuel offers more than just prosecution services through his law firm, Messrs Gerald Samuel, which works closely with the IP boutique. Admitted in Malaysia and Singapore, he ensures that his clients’ needs in the contentious and transactions space are met.

Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy

A perfect blend of local expertise and global perspectives, the Singapore branch of Marks & Clerk delivers foolproof strategies that cross geographic, commercial, cultural and ideological boundaries. Leader of the IP team Candice Kwok is well versed in the intricacies of trademark law and impresses clients with her “clear, practical advice and awareness of commercial priorities”. Kwok and her team are “highly responsive and professional in handling matters, which is reliable and assuring” to rights holders. Having acted for Authentic Brands Group and LINE Corporation in myriad management and contentious matters, “the best part of Candice’s service was her clarity of thought and advice, her timely communications, and her insight into local practice”.

Silver - Firms: trademark attorneys

Comprising both a law firm and trademark attorney firm, distinct but connected, Marks & Clerk offers a holistic trademark service to a client base of unparalleled size. From five offices across England and three across Scotland, supported by an additional nine bases in locations worldwide, the firm provides percipient brand management advice, robust representation in disputes and assistance with high-rolling commercial transactions. “The team is reactive to clients’ needs, not only replying in a timely manner, but also providing practical solutions. They can anticipate next moves, are very experienced in their field and can often provide analyses there and then, which is reassuring.” In the game for some three decades now, trademark head Tom Farrand interweaves his brands know-how with a wealth of commercial experience from his time developing teams within a leading private-equity owned business. Alongside him is head of trademark dispute resolution and brand protection Kirsten Gilbert, who excels in disputes, pre-litigation strategy and licensing matters, and has an eye for the food and drink industry. Versatile master strategist John Ferdinand is popular with patrons: “He’s quick, thorough, knowledgeable and great on a personal level. His advice is reasonable, with the intent to better the client’s position rather than his own.” The “knowledgeable and user-friendly” Vicky Butterworth is a connoisseur of both trademarks and copyright who advises myriad household-name brands on their commercial IP issues. Last but by no means least, the Cambridge office benefits from the talents of trademark all-rounder Esther Gottschalk, who heads up the US territory group.

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Firmly plugged into the UK innovation scene through a rich tradition of partnership with top companies, Marks & Clerk sustains the largest EU and UK trademark portfolio management practice of any dedicated IP outfit in the country, thanks to the collective diligence and insight of teams in London and seven other regional cities. The firm also acquits itself with distinction on the litigation side, courtesy of Kirsten Gilbert, Vicky Butterworth and Gina Lodge, who anchor the trademark practice at Marks & Clerk Law. A prominent name in Asia, too, the firm has increased its influence in the region as Singapore has grown as an R&D and IP hub. Capitalising on these opportunities, Candice Kwok has burnished her reputation as a practical and strategically savvy operator.

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