This year’s research highlights 155 trademark attorneys and agents for their excellence in a broad suite of contentious and non-contentious issues, including registering, enforcement and portfolio management.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Shane Smyth is listed for his specialist expertise and valuable wealth of knowledge in trademark licensing and assignments.
Niamh Hall is a go-to name in Ireland for complex IP strategies and EU trademark enforcement.
Gavan Ferguson is applauded for his meticulous handling of top-tier trademark portfolios for a selection of high-profile clients, specialising in the entertainment industry.
Brenda O’Regan is acknowledged for her breadth of experience assisting companies in Irish and EU prosecution and maintenance. She also notable for her work resolving domain name issues.
Sumi Nadarajah manages a broad range of trademark portfolios for national and international players, focusing on global enforcement and prosecution.
Mary Bleahene is highly sought after for her extensive experience advising on trademark matters from selection and clearance to exploitation and defence.
Emma Pitcher is heralded as “an outstanding attorney and colleague” by peers impressed with her trademarks work in the UK and Asia, including domain name disputes and portfolio management.
Tony Pluckrose is renowned for his contentious and non-contentious trademarks work, including due diligence, advisory services and litigation.
John Wallace is highly regarded for his adroit handling of prosecution cases, portfolio reviews and Trade Mark Registry hearings.
Catherine Wolfe is “incredibly smart and an outstanding practitioner”, recognised internationally for her superb representation of an array of high-profile individuals and companies.
Rachel Conroy comes highly recommended for her top-tier brand protection and portfolio management practice.
Marlous Stal-Hilders is a leading light in the trademark arena, excelling in portfolio management and related strategy matters.
Jeroen Cornelis is “one of the best” in his field, providing stellar services in feasibility studies, trademark strategy and protection.
Florence Tordoir specialises in delivering top-tier design prosecution and infringement work on behalf of national and international clients.
Friso Onderdelinden is an “up-and-coming” leader in the field, whose broad portfolio of experience makes him an asset to those seeking trademark assistance.
Milca Graver-De Looper has worked in the trademark industry for over 30 years, and excels in strategic advisory services.
Other leading individuals
Founding Principle of Stobbs IP Limited Julius Stobbs achieves universal acclaim for having “built a significant trademark practice” spanning contentious trademark proceedings, oppositions and cancellations.
Carrollanne Lindley at Kilburn & Strode “gets things done for clients in an efficient manner” and possesses a stellar reputation in trademark prosecution and enforcement.
Iain Stewart gains plaudits from respondents for his careful handling of high-profile trademark portfolios, with notable emphasis on his contentious and domain name dispute work.
Barker Brettell’s Catherine Wiseman garners praise as an adroit trademark strategist, covering trademark concerns from registration through to enforcement.
Roger Lush of Carpmaels & Ransford is “an excellent attorney” who is “really very good” when it comes to trademark protection and enforcement proceedings.
Mark Foreman at Osborne Clarke attracts widespread praise for his management of international trademark portfolios, where he possesses 30 years’ experience.
Andy King at Mewburn Ellis is commended for his first-class trademark services, including portfolio reviews, searches and contentious issues.
At Lewis Silkin, Steven Jennings excels at tailoring IP protection to his multinational clients’ needs, and assisting in start-to-finish trademark management.
The “excellent” Jeffrey Parker of Jeffrey Parker & Company is commended for his agile handling of international trademark protection and enforcement proceedings.
Jussi Mikkola of Papula-Nevinpat achieves high praise from peers and clients for his meticulous handling of contentious issues and foreign trademark registration.
Evelyne Roux of Regimbeau is highly respected throughout the sector for her adept implementation of trademark creation, defence and valuation strategies.
Santarelli is home to Eric Le Bihan, who draws from a strong IP background to manage complex trademark litigation across EMEA. His client base ranges from international companies to SMEs.
Peter McAleese at Akran Intellectual Property garners widespread praise from respondents for his non-contentious trademark practice, covering Italian, EU and international remits.
Giulia Lavizzari leads Dragotti & Associati’s trademarks department, where she displays a “very knowledgeable and sharp” handling of key trademark issues.
Knijff Trademark Attorney’s Boudewijn van Vondelen is “excellent” for trademarks and is renowned for representing a prestigious array of clients across multiple industries.
Bas Kist of Chiever is acknowledged as “the statesman of Benelux trademarks” thanks to his outstanding work in the field.
Turnstone’s Michiel Haegens is “a great trademark attorney”, according to peers impressed with his advisory services on a plethora of trademark concerns.
The “exceptionally good” Giles Corbally at Bomhard IP is lauded as “an outstanding attorney and colleague” whose practice encompasses a range of industries and trademark concerns.
Ulf Willquist of AWA is a major player in the trademarks space, known for his astute understanding of IP strategy and trademark registration matters.
Stefan Day of Isler & Pedrazzini has a long-standing reputation for his superb handling of complex trademark, domain name and licensing issues.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
As co-managing partner of Bereskin & Parr’s trademarks practice, Janice Bereskin receives international commendations from peers who consider her “a highly regarded trademark expert on local and global strategies”.
Gowling WLG’s Jennifer Morton is championed for her “excellent connections with CIPO”, along with her considerable experience and outstanding domestic and international prosecution work.
Margaret Fitzpatrick is renowned for her her impressive advisory services and significant experience in, and top-tier management of, international trademark portfolios.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
DC Collins’ Andrew Butler is recommended for his excellence in contentious and non-contentious trademark issues across a range of sectors.
Linda Chang of Rouse is distinguished by her remarkable facility for providing first-rate counsel to clients on complex trademark disputes.
Tingxi Huo at Chofn Intellectual Property is renowned as “incredibly helpful and efficient” when handling IP and trademark issues.
Hiromichi Aoki leads the trademark department of Yuasa and Hara, producing exceptional work for international clients pursuing litigation and licensing transactions.
Yoshiyuki Inaba at TMI Associates is praised for his top-tier expertise in handling trademark litigation for the engineering and pharmaceutical sectors.
As president of Seiwa Patent & Law Atsushi Aoki possesses over 30 years’ experience in trademarks and is identified as a leading light in the Japanese market.
Nobuyuki Matsubara of Matsubara, Muraki & Associates has over 40 years’ experience of registering 3D trademarks and providing counsel on a range of trademark-related matters.
Kim & Chang’s Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon is respected for her “firm grasp of the legal issues surrounding a wide variety of trademark issues, strong understanding, and ability to provide multiple solutions to problems”.
Hasan Irfan Khan of United Trademark & Patent Services is regarded as “an outstanding attorney and colleague” by respondents impressed with his work in trademark opposition and mediation proceedings
Yawar Irfan Khan is as a “standout practitioner” with over 20 years’ experience in the trademarks arena.