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7 October, 2021 - 23:48 By Tony Quested

The Legal 500 Guide: East Anglia Intellectual Property VIPs lauded

For Intellectual Property work in East Anglia – more crucial than ever as the local technology and life sciences clusters become increasingly international – Goodwin, Mills & Reeve and Stobbs IP, along with Taylor Vinters and Taylor Wessing share No.1 allocations in the new Legal 500 Guide. Birketts, Marks & Clerk and Penningtons Manches Cooper are rated joint second.

Goodwin is said by the Legal 500 Guide to have made “a series of eye-catching hires; the team now provides both domestic and international clients with a full suite of services, among which the development, protection and enforcement of IP portfolios is a prime focus.”

Mills & Reeve is described as having a strong presence in the technology, life sciences, automotive, food and agriculture, education and sport sectors, with the firm’s work encompassing both IP disputes and commercial IP agreements, R & D and collaboration contracts, branding, technology transfer arrangements, IP licensing and exploitation for both domestic and international clients.

Birketts is branded ‘efficient, commercial and extremely helpful’ and acts for a host of large companies in the region, among them the UK’s largest brewer and pub retailer Greene King Plc.

The guide says the team focuses on the commercial exploitation of IP rights, including patent licensing, development agreements, merchandising and collaborations. 

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP has a six-partner IP practice across its London, Oxford and Cambridge offices and advises on patents, designs, trade marks, copyright and rights in confidential information, particularly in the publishing and life sciences sectors. 

The team combines specialists with contentious and non-contentious expertise and Rachel Bradley, who leads the Cambridge team, has more than 15 years’ experience, including a stint as corporate counsel for a pharmaceutical company. 

Greenwoods GRM has specialist knowledge of the media sector, particularly magazine and online publishing, which sees the firm involved in complex IP matters, says the Guide’s editor.

The Guide adds: “Finance partner Jonathan Reardon in Cambridge, who joined from Al Tamimi & Company, leads the practice along with corporate partner Alastair Gunn and litigation senior associate Jamie McConnell in Peterborough.

“Their work includes advice to companies on investments and acquisitions involving the development and exploitation of IP, as well as contentious matters and support to early stage companies on the protection, development and licensing of IP rights.”

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