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 - Agencies
Growth has been the prevailing narrative at Murgitroyd, which has recently acquired UDL Intellectual Property, Creation IP and Dublin-based Hanna Moore + Curley. The latter has added particular expertise in the life sciences, technology and electronic sectors, and has given the international outfit a robust Irish offering with valuable connections to the Chinese IP market. Christian Finn and Joanne Lecky are the names to note in Ireland. Finn began his career as a legal practitioner in Zimbabwe, while Managing Director of Trademarks Lecky is a regular before the UKIPO and EUIPO.
Bronze - Firms: prosecution and strategy
For clients looking for a specialised IP service, Murgitroyd has over 135 attorneys worldwide, covering ground in three continents and providing a 24-hour office network. The firm recently acquired UDL Intellectual Property, Scottish boutique Creation IP and Dublin-based Hanna Moore + Curley, adding to its already impressive footprint. The UK group now manages over 32,000 trademarks, making it one of the largest in the country. Based in Leeds are Gareth Price, Sharon Kirby and Alan Fiddes. Price excels in all areas of trademarks and this is highlighted by his work for JD Sports, which encompasses prosecution, enforcement and licensing issues. Kirby is an expert on brand enforcement and recently launched a successful opposition for Burgess Pet Care. Fiddes is one of the most prolific attorneys when it comes to in-person litigation appearances. Working from London are consultant Mark Green and WTR 1000 newcomer Steve Waine. Green gained in-house experience while at Unilever and has also amassed over 30 years in private practice. Waine impresses for his trademark, copyright and domain name work, which includes representing fashion brand GUESS.
Gold - Firms: trademark attorneys
Murgitroyd offers a comprehensive range of IP services on a truly global scale, with over 135 attorneys operating across three continents. The firm’s growth is showing no signs of stopping following the acquisitions of Hanna Moore + Curley, UDL Intellectual Property and Creation IP. The international outfit is headquartered in Glasgow where Jacqueline McKay and WTR 1000 newcomer Eleanor Coates are based. McKay is a dual qualified patent and trademark attorney who has a wealth of experience in intellectual property, while Coates is a prosecution specialist and a regular before the UKIPO. In the Aberdeen office Mike Vettese excels in managing international portfolios. The music, media and entertainment industries are his main areas of expertise.