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Browne Jacobson moves up a band in latest brand and IP experts rankings

30 January 2018
For the third successive year, 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. The national firm moved into the silver band category for the first time and had five individual lawyer rankings in the guide.

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.

The guide refers to the firm as “undertaking a slew of headline-making work covering all aspects of trademark protection, enforcement and commercialisation and judiciously recruiting high-level talent, Browne Jacobson is rapidly expanding in the trademark world”. WTR also says of the firm that its “response times are extremely fast, it has a depth of industry knowledge and possesses a high degree of commercial acumen”. They were also noted for the high profile work they handled which included two trade mark cases in and around the Supreme Court. They assisted Comic Enterprises with its infringement claim against Twentieth Century Fox in the contentious ‘Glee’ trade mark case - Comic was delighted with the Browne Jacobson team’s advice and handling of the Appeal to the Supreme Court. They have also worked extensively with high street retailers, as well as with the London EV Company Limited (formerly the London Taxi Corporation Limited) including conducting its 3D trade mark infringement proceedings.

The firm was ranked alongside Burges Salmon, Fieldfisher, Gowling WLG and Simmons and Simmons amongst others. 

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

“We have had another impressive year and I am delighted that the team have not only been recognised in the latest WTR 1000 rankings but have moved up to the silver category and are now ranked alongside some of the top players in the City. This proves the strength in depth of our knowledge and the quality of the strategic advice that we as a team offer to our national and international client base.

2018 will be another exciting year that will see our specialist team further enhance its expertise and continue to deliver exceptional client service across our national base.” 

IP specialist Declan, who is responsible for the development of the firm’s international network with ‘Pangea Net’ and advises on a variety of brand and IP issues, is considered “a skilled IP lawyer with a good view on how intellectual property functions in the real world. He has an eye for commercial solutions and is a good communicator who keeps you updated about new rules and case law that might affect your position.” Also individually ranked are litigators, Cerryg Jones and Bonita Trimmer, alongside patent and trade mark litigator Mark Daniels and commercial IP lawyer Alex Watt.

Cerryg who joined the firm last year from Gowlings “has excellent judgement, always thinks outside the box – not along tramlines – and inspires great loyalty in his team”.

Bonita, who has made her debut in this year’s rankings is referred to in the guide as “an extremely thorough professional with excellent attention to detail and great client-management skills”.

“Trade mark ace” Mark who also leads the patent litigation team in Birmingham is noted for his enforcement and litigation work in the guide. He is considered “extremely bright and unflappable” and “a great partner for a wide range of big-name clients”

“Brand promotion, advertising and marketing maestro”, Alex who is based in the firm’s London office, was ranked for his transactional trade work and his ability to “make his advice resonate with different audiences”.

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 EV Company Limited, Brightspark UK and PZ Cussons (St.Tropez & Charles Worthington), amongst others.

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