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Silver - Individuals: prosecution and strategy
Singled out as “one of the most reputable firms in the UK”, thanks to its “excellent work product”, J A Kemp has not slowed down over the last year. It ably serves a prestigious client base which includes a significant number of US and Japanese names; while its separate French entity, JAK France, ensures it can still act before the EUIPO and prosecute trademarks across the continent post Brexit. Driving the group’s success is head of trademarks James Fish, who has lately been taking care of Diversey’s entire global portfolio outside the United States and Canada. “James is a formidable operator and has always been an unfailingly polite and helpful partner. He is responsive; provides interim thoughts to prevent wasting time going down blind alleys; and his advice is always accurate and solid.” At his side is Aaron Newell, who is not only a UK-qualified solicitor, but also a Canadian barrister and solicitor and an Australian solicitor and trademark attorney – all of which comes in handy on international mandates for the likes of Aston Martin. He is described as “extremely knowledgeable, articulate and a master of his field”: “No matter what time of the day or night you send an email to Aaron, a comprehensive reply is received immediately. He is someone who you enjoy working with and who you can completely rely on. He routinely goes beyond the direct question asked and considers the long-term implications of his approach.” Captaining the Oxford office is 20-years-experienced trademark wizard Ben Mooneapillay, who is hailed as “absolutely first class – he is responsive, commercial and always provides intelligent analysis”. He has been managing the entire global portfolio of Roja Parfums alongside colleague Charlotte Stirling, an “excellent attorney” who has provided the gamut of trademark services for 20 years and also turns her hand to domain name dispute resolution. Also with two decades’ experience under his belt is Tom Albertini; he heads up the designs practice and holds a Higher Courts Litigation Certificate, allowing him to appear before the IPEC, the High Court and on appeal to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He has recently been protecting the trademarks of the Royal British Legion, including its celebrated poppy symbol.