Alexandra Pygall

WTR Research

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 - Individuals: enforcement and litigation

Recommended - Individuals: Anti-Counterfeiting

Recommended - Individuals: transactions

“Stephenson Harwood is outstanding. Reliable and exceptionally professional, they are dedicated to clients’ needs. Their advice is detailed and always comes with specific, practical recommendations; and their speed, flexibility and strategic approach to IP matters are much appreciated.” Equally capable in challenging cross-border trademark litigation as in the negotiation of high-rolling licensing deals, the firm regularly secures landmark decisions and is in hot demand for unusual cases, such as those involving issues of residual goodwill and non-traditional trademarks. Two recent highlights include representing GlaxoSmithKline in the much-debated ‘purple’ and ‘shape’ litigations relating to its inhaler products; and assisting EasyGroup with between 15 and 20 separate trademark infringement matters. Handling both is Rob Jacob, an “outstanding lawyer with an impressive CV”. “His IP knowledge, memory, speed and responsiveness are truly fascinating. His diligence, pragmatism and ability to think outside the box are all highly impressive. He is intuitive, yet thorough and assertive, and an exceptional strategist with a keen eye for detail.” Jacob has also been a valued adviser to Gap UK on a number of administrative proceedings, alongside colleague Alexandra Pygall. “Smart, practical and commercially astute”, Pygall is “a mine of IP transactional information and adored by clients”. She places her focus on the life sciences and luxury brands sectors. Also practising on the transactional side is Naomi Leach: like Pygall, she works across both patents and trademarks and specialises in life sciences and luxury goods. A smooth broker of licensing agreements and M&A deals, she was promoted to the partnership in 2019. Rounding out the team is Eifion Morris, an esteemed trademark strategist who has raised the firm’s profile in the IP space through his role as CEO.

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