​Potter Clarkson ranked in the top tiers of Legal 500 2019

Potter Clarkson is delighted to announce that the recently-published Legal 500 2019 survey once again places our trade mark team in Tier 1 and our patent practice has retained its Tier 2 position. 

The rankings are based on research that was carried out by Legal 500 earlier in the year, before our trade mark department doubled in size when we united with Wildbore & Gibbons, and before we opened new offices in London, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Our trade mark colleagues are quite understandably celebrating this success and we are positive that our patent team will attain a more favourable position in Tier 1 next year, in line with other specialist directory views.

The Legal 500 summary of our winning Trade Mark department:

"Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson LLP has expertise in clearance, filing, prosecution and contentious work. John Peacock is a key figure and assisted the Elvis Presley Estate in opposing the trade mark of 'Elvis Juice' and 'Brewdog Elvis Juice' by drinks manufacturer Brewdog. He also advised Frederickson & Byron, which acted on behalf of the Estate of Prince, in relation to infringement proceedings by a proposed West End musical titled 'Purple Rain'. Sanjay Kapur is also a key figure and is 'easy to deal with', 'responsive' and 'commercial'. He acted for The Norfolk Whisky Company in registering its trade mark, which received an objection due to the name failing to indicate the geographical origin of the product."

The Legal 500 summary of our Patent Practice:

"Potter Clarkson LLP provides 'pragmatic and appropriate advice' and has strong expertise in life sciences, chemistry, technology and energy. Managing Partner Colin Baker leads the team and has extensive experience in advising on patents relating to chemicals and medical devices. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals expert Richard Bassett has 'an extraordinary ability to immediately understand the small details of very complicated subject matters'. Other biotech specialists include Mark Didmon, Stephanie Pilkington, Stephen Smith, Philip Thomas, Jane Wainwright and Andrew Wright. Didmon recently represented Stretchline in its actions against H&M, who used the client's technology in its brassieres. Notable individuals involved in electronics include Ray Charig and Saiful Khan. On the chemistry side, Charlotte Crowhurst, Ian Dee, Stephen McNeeney and Robert Pugh are all important figures. Ian Stevens is 'highly professional', 'has 'a great ability to find just the right arguments and present them', and 'is a really nice person to work with'."

We would like to thank our loyal clients who have been kind enough to act as referees for us. The Legal 500 researchers take into account their feedback and the views from independent sources.

These successes symbolise the hard work of everyone at Potter Clarkson and reflect the team culture we promote within the firm in assisting our clients. 

A copy of the full rankings can be viewed on the Legal 500 website here.