Patent star joins K&L Gates as partner

Patrick Sands joined K&L Gates as a partner in its Melbourne office. Sands arrived from Herbert Smith Freehills with patent litigation experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

SIPS welcomes a new associate

Mai Lin joined as senior associate from Baker McKenzie. Lin is a soft IP practitioner with experience in commercial work.

Trade mark star will lead Norton Rose Fulbright’s IP practice

Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Frances Drummond as its global head of IP, effective from July 1 2021. Drummond, who specialises in trade mark protection and disputes, takes over from another trade mark star Tim Kenny.


Potter Clarkson continues to expand

Litigator Mark Nichols joined the firm’s London office as a senior associate. Nichols was previously with Harbottle & Lewis. Patent specialist Louise Tottie joined the Swedish practice from Valea.

IP Star joins Luxembourg boutique firm as partner

Katia Manhaeve has joined Claw after a sabbatical.  The former Allen & Overy head of IP will reunite with colleagues Cyril Pierre-Beausse and Elisabeth Guissart.

Harbottle & Lewis hires a new IP litigator

Soft IP litigator Andrew Terry has joined Harbottle & Lewis as a partner. Terry joined from Eversheds Sutherland, where he was head of IP and media practice.

Herbert Smith Freehills announced IP promotions

The firm promoted litigation specialists Pietro Pouché (Italy) and Emma Iles (Australia) to partner. Italy-based IP lawyers Sara Balice and Spartak Kodra were promoted to Of Counsel and senior associate respectively.

Grünecker proud of climate change action

Grünecker announced that it has reduced its carbon footprint by adopting renewable electricity and paperless working. This was achieved through its partnership with service company TÜV Süd. The firm plans to reduce its emissions further by 2050.

EIP and Stobbs announce a new partnership

EIP and Stobbs announced a new collaboration to provide client-focused patent and trade mark work.  Stobbs specialises in trade mark and brands work while EIP is best known for its patent protection and litigation work.

Mishcon de Reya launched an innovation department

IP litigator Helen Conlan and FinTech lawyer Ashley Winton joined Mishcon de Reya as partners in its newly created innovation department.

Gün + Partners announced three promotions

Gün + Partners promoted soft IP practitioner Talat Yörük to managing associate. Lawyers Begüm Soydan and Direnç Bada were promoted to senior associate.

Von Seidels recruits enforcement specialist

Vanessa Ferguson has joined Von Seidels to lead its anti-counterfeiting practice. Ferguson worked for Kisch IP for over 15 years before setting up her own firm in 2019. She served as president of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law in 2020.

Cuatrecasas strengthens IP practice in Portugal

Cuatrecasas appointed partner Joana Mota Agostinho as the co-coordinator of its IP/TMT practice in Portugal. Associates Nuno Lima da Luz, Catarina Castanheira Lopes and Lavínia Pinto Marques join from CTSU Sociedade de Advogados.

HGF opens in France with a new partner

Patent attorney Vivien Verbrugge joined HGF as a partner to lead its new Rennes office. Verbrugge was previously an in-house counsel at the industrial manufacturing company ITW. He is experienced in engineering and electronics.


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