MIP Stars 2017

June 2017

Managing Intellectual Property IP STARS 2017 - The list of highly recommended trade mark practitioners and trade mark firm rankings editorials for IP STARS (2017) have now been published online. 

HGF have been ranked in Tier 1 for Trade mark filing & prosecution in Scotland and Tier 2 for Trade mark prosecution in the United Kingdom. Head of Trade marks David Potter and Partner Lee Curtis have also been recognised and published in the directory as 2017 Trade Mark Stars.  

This achievement comes on the back of a successful year for the firm with new office openings in Basel and Amsterdam, including the arrival of 3 heavyweight trade mark partners; Alexander Hagen, Pieter de Ruijter and Kasper Radstake. This gives the firm a total of 3 offices in mainland Europe and ensuring we are well positioned for the opportunities in post Brexit Britain. 

MIP Trade Mark and Copyright analysis of HGF – UK and Scotland

In addition to 11 offices dotted across the UK, HGF is present in Amsterdam, Basel and The Hague. Its expertise in prosecution work is never in doubt. The firm has continued to grow with new lateral hires and internal promotions. David Potter is head of trade marks. Lee Curtis, Claire Hutchinson and Jonathan Thurgood are among the experienced trade mark attorneys in the firm. According to one client, Curtis "always provides practical solutions to issues". HGF's operations in Scotland remain solid under the leadership of IP Star Gary Wilson. Consultant Neil Mckechnie is in charge of trade marks there. Clients include Rawlplug, The a2 Milk Company, FW Medical and Aker Subsea.

This fast-growing outfit also offers legal services through its sister law firm HGF Law, which is led by Martyn Fish. The law firm welcomed IP litigator Marie McMorrow as a partner in 2016. Other notable lawyers in the group include Antony Gold and IP transactions specialist Janet Knowles who, according to a client, is "very responsive, well-informed and [gets] work done within promised timescales". Gold is a "commercially minded trusted advisor". Tom Nener and Richard Wylie are two rising stars to watch. "They are competitively priced and always offer sound and simple to digest commercial legal advice," one client concludes.

About MIP

Managing Intellectual Property was founded in 1990. They have been researching and ranking IP firms since 1996. As a well-respected publisher in the IP industry, the legal directory, IP STARS, is considered to be the most authoritative and comprehensive.  For more information on MIP STARS 2017 please click here