Anna Carboni of Redd Solicitors takes an in-depth look at the European Commission's proposals to modernise the Community trademark system and reform the national systems that run alongside it.
"There is no doubt that most of the stated aims of the package will be achieved to some degree, though there is more work to be done to remove ambiguities and increase legal certainty in some respects."
The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers has brought together Iris Quadrio of Marval O'Farrell & Mairal, Marc Wallheimer of Hogan Lovells International, Timothy Golder of Allens and Louis Van Wyk of Spoor & Fisher to discuss levels of work, the growing recognition of the Madrid system, gTLDs and the impact of the global financial crisis on this sector.
Rachel Li-Mei Tan of Rouse looks at how the Trade Mark Review and Adjudication Board and the Courts deal with issues arising in administrative lawsuits in China.
"The much-anticipated revisions to the Trademark Law should add further measures to prevent bad faith filings, and this in turn, may reduce the need to stretch Article 28 beyond its legislative intent."
Leading IP specialist firm Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu once again achieves the highest number of listings in this publication, with 17 of its “first-class” lawyers featured. Following close behind is "international heavyweight" Bird & Bird, which fields 15 individuals, six of whom hail from its London office. Baker & McKenzie earns an impressive 12 listings this year, with practitioners from 10 of its offices recognised. IP specialist firm Rouse Legal boasts the inclusion of 11 of its lawyers, followed by "global giant" Hogan Lovells with 10.
In this section we single out the eight best-represented firms and the 10 most highly regarded individuals in our research overall.
“This is perhaps one of the most interesting times to be a trademarks lawyer,” one source stated, and the reports we have received from around the world concur. Scientific and technological advancements mean the market is both rapidly developing and challenging, and while there is more competition in the market, the work is more complex and time-consuming.
In this section we take a closer look at trends and developments in the trademarks area and how they are impacting on practitioners in different jurisdictions.
With the benefit of over 15 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the trademark legal marketplace worldwide.
In this section we anlayse the findings of our research in greater depth to identify the firms and practitioners who stand out worldwide.
With the benefit of over 14 years of research and tens of thousands of votes from clients and private practitioners, Who’s Who Legal takes a closer look at developing trends in the trademark legal marketplace worldwide.
We identify 572 of the best trademark lawyers across 70 jurisdictions. The most highly regarded individuals and leaders in the field are highlighted here.
Recent high-profile cases such as L’Oréal v Bellure and Daimler v Sany and the litigation over the right of Google’s Adwords to use trademarks as keywords in searches prove that trademark holders are still willing to protect marks and bring infringement cases despite the current economic climate.
Several firms are represented in multiple jurisdictions. Bird & Bird LLP fields an impressive 12 practitioners in eight jurisdictions across Europe and Asia.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.