D Young & Co has expanded its Munich IP team by hiring trade mark lawyer Yvonne Stone as an associate. Stone will work alongside IP practitioners such as Jana Bogatz, who joined last year as a partner.

Cabinet Granrut rebranded as Herald Avocats in December 2018. The Paris-based law firm, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, has a range of practice areas including soft IP. Jean Castelain and Richard Milchior are the key IP practitioners in the firm.

Mathys & Squire hired European patent attorney Gerold Fiesser from Herzog Fiesser & Partner to establish its new office in Munich. Fiesser, who co-founded Herzog Fiesser & Partner in 2010, brought along some patent colleagues including Giuditta Biagini, Lorraine Aleandri and Kirstin Wenck. The IP practitioners left behind at Herzog Fiesser & Partner have now formed a new firm called Altmann Stößel Dick Patentanwälte.

Lewis Silkin acquired patent and trade mark attorney firm Ablett & Stebbing, with patent attorneys Graham Ablett, Paul Williams and Thomas Gaunt joining as partners. This bolt-on acquisition means that patent protection will become part of the firm’s IP protection and portfolio management offering. The new partners joined with their support staff including trade mark associate Helene Whelbourn.

Reddie & Grose has welcomed back pharmaceutical/chemistry specialist Robin Ellis as its first full-time Munich-based partner. Ellis was previously an in-house counsel at Sandoz.


The number of principals in AJ Park has increased following the promotion of practitioners such as James Robinson, Jonathan Aumonier-Ward and Kieran O’Connell. Click here to read about all the new principals including Sam Pearson, who joined the firm in March.

Carpmaels & Ransford promoted European patent attorneys Chris Hoggett and Stephen Duffield to partner. Both attorneys were recognised in the 2018 edition of IP STARS (Duffield was ranked as a rising star). Read about Duffield’s patent practice here and Hoggett’s practice here.

FB Rice promoted patent and trade mark attorney Carol Kane to senior associate. Read about Kane's IP practice and other associate promotions here.

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick also promoted some practitioners including Anita Brown, who is now a partner in its trade mark practice. Read about Brown and others who were promoted here.

Shelston IP promoted Allira Hudson-Gofers (patent attorney), Duncan Longstaff (lawyer) and Michael Deacon (lawyer) to the position of principal. Read about the new principals and other promotions here.