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Browne Jacobson recognised as leading brand and IP specialists in rankings

1 February 2017
Law firm Browne Jacobson has been named as one of the world’s leading trade mark experts following publication of the latest World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 rankings for the second successive year.

In addition, the national firm have again been named in the Trade Mark contentious category in IP Stars – a guide to the world's leading intellectual property (IP) firms and practitioners, specialising in contentious patent and trade mark work.

The WTR 1000 rankings is an independent directory that recognises leading legal trade mark practices and practitioners across more than 70 jurisdictions. It analyses the breadth and depth of expertise, presence within the market and the level of work that professionals in that sector are instructed on.

According to the guide, “intellectual property, particularly trade marks, is a central plank of its full-service offering and the young, ambitious and dedicated team has been buzzing this past year”. The team are also considered a “dynamic ensemble” which also “boasts thriving brand consultation and monetisation practices”.

They were also noted for their contentious work with London Taxi Corporation.

The firm was ranked alongside Simmons and Simmons, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells International, Pinsent Masons and Squire Patton Boggs amongst others. 

Declan Cushley, partner and head of the firm’s commercial and intellectual property team, said:

“After another strong year, I am delighted the team has been recognised once again in WTR 1000. The rankings truly reflect the in-depth knowledge and strategic advice that we as a team can offer to our valued clients on a broad range of IP matters. 

Our specialist IP team continues to attract some of the best and most ambitious IP talent in the UK.

Over the coming year, we will continue to grow our team with the appointments of more industry leading experts. This will allow us to further enhance our credentials and continue to fulfill our commitment to offering a truly partnership approach to our regional, national and international clients.”

Declan Cushley is ranked for his prosecution and strategy work and is considered a “real authority in respect of any trade mark matter, contentious or non-contentious”. Also individually ranked is commercial IP partner Alex Watt for his transactional trade mark work and patent litigation partner Mark Daniels for his enforcement and litigation work.

Declan, who is responsible for the development of the firm’s international network with ‘Pangea Net’ and is an IP specialist advising on a variety of brand and IP issues, was also recognised for the way he has “tailored the group to deliver an excellent service, while charging considerably less than many of its competitors”. He was also praised for his “commercially focused approach” to clients and his “ability to advise on how companies can significantly improve their internal systems.”

Alex, who is based in the firm’s London office, was ranked for his ability to “artfully blend his advertising, marketing, brand strategy, sponsorship and contracts expertise into the practice” and for “bringing an extra dimension to the set”

Mark, an all-round litigator, “delivers high quality work with exceptional cost effectiveness”. Mark, who leads the patent litigation team in the Birmingham office, has a particular focus in the hi-tech sectors (including software, telecommunications and engineering) and regularly assists clients in resolving disputes on the validity and infringement of patents in those sectors.

The firm’s specialist IP practice extends over offices in London, Birmingham and Nottingham. It has extensive experience on various trade mark, design and copyright infringement matters and a premium client portfolio that includes: Mace, Lloyds Banking Group, London Taxi Corporation, Brightspark UK and PZ Cussons (St.Tropez & Charles Worthington), amongst others.

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