HITTING THE LEGAL 500 MARK
18 October 2017
We are delighted to confirm that Potter Clarkson has retained impressive rankings in this year’s Legal 500 directory.
Published annually, the directory styles itself as the leading guide to law firms in the UK, ranking performance and capability on a sliding scale of tiers from one (top) to five.
Commenting on our Trade Mark department, which continues to be recognised as a top-tier offering, the directory says:
"Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson LLP handles all aspects of branding and trade mark clearance, protection and enforcement. In an illustration of the depth and breadth of its capability, Sanjay Kapur is assisting a manufacturer of computer gaming equipment in nine EUTM oppositions, and successfully defended Mariage Frères in an opposition against its Casablanca trade mark application in the UK. In other highlights, John Peacock advised King Features Syndicate and Fleischer Studios on counterfeiting and unauthorised use and applications of Popeye and Betty Boop trade marks, and assisted Authentic Brands Group on trade mark oppositions and domain name disputes. Senior associate Lucy Mills has particular expertise in UK and CTM oppositions, and in negotiating co-existence agreements. Mills and Peacock count Hanesbrands as their client; in 2016, they assisted it with trade mark and design portfolios in the UK and the EU following its recent acquisition of three further portfolios of brands."
On Patents, the firm also retained its tier 2 positioning, with the directory commenting:
"Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson LLP has undergone rapid expansion in Europe with the opening of offices in Stockholm and Lund in 2016, and in Munich in February 2017. Alongside its 'first-class' patent filing, prosecution and opposition practice, 2016 saw the launch of its dispute resolution and commercial department, enabling the firm to handle the full range of litigation and non-contentious commercial advice. The team is praised for providing 'business-relevant and highly pragmatic advice in a timely manner'. Key figures include Stephanie Pilkington, who is rated for her 'knowledge of technology, approachability, willingness to listen and to take on board suggestions'; Ray Charig and Charlotte Crowhurst, who 'bring their extensive IP experience along with a rigorous scientific expertise' and are 'very adept at dealing with academic inventors and the challenges posed by commercialisation of university research'; and Ian Dee, who 'can always be relied upon to give the quality and style of advice that allows clients to make informed decisions'. Richard Bassett, Saiful Khan, Michael Pears, Robert Pugh and Simon Curtis are also recommended. Recent highlights include assisting a global biotechnology company with 11 EPO opposition and appeal hearings, and successfully defending Galápagos NV in an appeal of the EPO opposition division's decision to revoke The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's European patent which Galápagos NV had previously opposed."
Looking ahead to next year’s listings, in light of the full IP service we now offer through the five IP solicitors in our Dispute Resolution and Commercial team, together with the firm’s significant growth in 2017, we’re confident of our winning patent practice securing Legal 500 top-tier status that clients and other directories already acknowledge us for.