Potter Clarkson adds further weight to ‘best in class’ offer with new litigation & licensing partner

Mark Kramer has joined leading European intellectual property firm Potter Clarkson to head up the firm’s London litigation and licensing team, further strengthening its growing practice in both the UK and Europe.

Mark adds serious strength to the firm’s litigation and licensing capabilities. Having spent more than a decade specialising in contentious, commercial and strategic advice covering the full spectrum of IP rights, Mark brings particular expertise in the retail and creative industries sectors, having worked with many high-street and household brands as well as artists, designers and the leading art and design university.

He also has extensive experience in running multi-jurisdictional cases for major multinationals, adding further weight to Potter Clarkson’s reputation for global dispute resolution strategy.

Potter Clarkson’s litigation and licensing team was established in May 2016, but has since grown to over 20 lawyers across four offices and three countries, and having handled some high-profile litigation and licensing cases for top tier clients during that time, has developed a strong reputation. The team’s recent win for ‘Impact Case of the Year’ at the MIP awards, and nomination as ‘Patent Litigation Firm of the Year’ for the third year running is testament to its success.

The firm has been regularly involved in some of the highest profile IP cases in the UK in the last few years, including Mexichem UK Ltd v Honeywell International, Inc. [2020] EWCA Civ 473; Stretchline Intellectual Properties Ltd v H&M Hennes & Mauritz Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 199; Jaguar Land Rover Ltd v INEOS Industries Holdings Ltd [2020] EWHC 2130 (Ch); and Akebia & Ors v Fibrogen, Inc. & Astellas Pharma Inc & Ors [2020] EWHC 866 (Pat).

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said:

Being part of a specialist IP practice was important to me at this stage in my career and Potter Clarkson’s strategic approach to intellectual property really struck a chord. It is great to be part of a firm where there is the breadth and depth of expertise to help clients protect, leverage and defend their intellectual property in a way that is completely aligned to their commercial objectives.

“The firm has evolved significantly in recent years and I want to be a part of this exciting journey. I have no doubt that the potential of our London team is significant, and I look forward to leading that growth.”

Head of the firm’s litigation and licensing team, Nick McDonald, commented:

We have been ambitious in growing our litigation and licensing team during the past five years, and the creation of a dedicated London team is an important though inevitable step. Mark is absolutely the right person to lead that, and we are hugely excited by his arrival.

“The arrival of another senior practitioner marks an important moment in the development of the firm’s litigation and licensing offering. But our focus is not about being the biggest, it is about offering best in class advice that will help our clients to achieve their ambitions. That’s why we are delighted to welcome someone of Mark’s calibre to our growing team.”