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Our Trade Mark group is a highly experienced team that is consistently amongst the top ten UK firms for UK and European trade mark filings. We provide specialist advice and support to brand owners operating in a variety of industry sectors in the UK and internationally.

Our Experience

Our team is privileged to represent many large multinational companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups.

Our clients in the UK cover sectors such as luxury fashion, retail, gambling, jewellery, luxury leather goods, finance and defence.

Internationally, we work directly with a number of US corporations, providing a full range of services to companies in a variety of sectors ranging from software and games manufacture to healthcare, medical devices and publishing.

In addition to our direct client relationships, we have strong associations with intermediaries around the world.

Our Expertise

Our practice is headed by Fiona McBride, along with partners Marisa Broughton and Tania Clark. One of our key strengths is our understanding of business strategy. Members of our team have previously worked as in-house trade mark attorneys and are well placed to advise on portfolio management.

Our trade mark services include:

  • Searching
  • Filing and prosecution
  • Renewals
  • Audit
  • Monitoring and policing of trade marks (watching)
  • Litigation including inter partes proceedings and cancellation and invalidity proceedings
  • Transactional work including all post-registration formalities, such as changes of name, assignments, licensing and due diligence for investment purposes.

We are also able to offer expert advice in related fields such as domain names, company names and copyright.

Wider perspectives

All of our team are members of professional bodies and institutions such as INTA (the International Trademark Association), FICPI (Fédération International des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle) and CITMA (The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys). The role of these bodies is to educate members about changes in intellectual property worldwide and to lobby for change where necessary.

For further information please contact the group's lead attorney:

Fiona McBride

Fiona McBride

McBride

Partner

Partner

+44 117 925 3030

Office: Bristol