Potter Clarkson is ranked Tier 1 for patent prosecution and Tier 2 for trade mark prosecution in the 2020 edition of Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS - the leading resource for companies or individuals looking for experienced legal practitioners for IP advice.
Nine of our partners are also recognised as IP STARS with a further four senior associates recognised as rising stars.
The 2020 survey states:
'UK IP firm Potter Clarkson has made significant progress in recent years towards its European expansion, with new offices and hires in Denmark and Sweden. Market commentators now see it as a European IP firm. The firm is renowned for life sciences and chemistry patent work but also has experienced patent attorneys for engineering and electronics. It also has a strong trade mark and litigation practice. Biotech patent attorney Stephen Smith serves as managing partner.
The firm strengthened its trade marks practice in 2018 by acquiring the London-based IP firm Wildbore & Gibbons. Its Copenhagen office is headed by Benjamin Hoffmann while newly promoted partner Simon Curtis oversees the Stockholm office. In 2020 the firm launched a litigation practice in Denmark called Potter Clarkson Legal; the practice is led by lawyer/European trade mark attorney Lars Karnøe.
There are several recommended European patent attorneys in the firm, including EPO proceedings guru Richard Bassett, Jason Teng, Peter Finnie, Caroline Marshall, Charlotte Crowhurst, Saiful Khan, Craig Brownlie, Robert Pugh and Stephanie Pilkington. Finnie, who specialises in IT and telecoms patent work, is also recommended for IP commercialisation advice. Some of the patent attorneys also hold litigation qualification.
The newly promoted partners to watch are pharmaceutical/chemistry specialist Tony Proctor and electronics/software specialist Daniel Hudson. Stockholm-based Chris Cadman, Frank Harner and Deborah Maxwell are among the promising associates in the patent practice.
The UK trade mark prosecution practice is led by partners Janella Barr, Sarah Talland, Emmy Hunt and Sanjay Kapur. For IP disputes and transactions, the firm has lawyers such as Nick McDonald, Richard Roberts, Mark Snelgrove and Oliver Laing. Snelgrove specialises in commercial IP. The partners are supported by a team of junior trade mark attorneys and IP lawyers such as Edwina FitzHugh and Dave Holt.'