HGF Birmingham go straight in at Tier 2 in The Legal 500

October 2017

The HGF Birmingham office have been ranked for the first time in the West Midlands and have immediately been positioned at Tier 2 in The Legal 500, with Marie McMorrow (Partner and IP Solicitor) listed as a leading individual and Tom Nener (Legal Director and IP Solicitor) listed as a next generation lawyer. 

This achievement follows a fantastic year of growth for the Birmingham team. Since 2016 the team has grown in both size and stature with the transfer of practices for Marie McMorrow and Tom Nener alongside significant new client wins. HGF is ranked Tier 2 in the regions of Yorkshire & The Humber, North West, and West Midlands. The firm is also ranked Tier 2 London Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys

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HGF Law Leeds – Yorkshire & The Humber

The specialist practice at HGF Law focuses on contentious and transactional IP matters, and is particularly strong in IP litigation in the healthcare and retail sectors. Representative healthcare clients include Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe and Accord Healthcare. Recent highlights include acting for Warwick University in defending a patent entitlement action at the UK IPO brought by a former employee, and acting for Logitech in an action for a declaration of non-infringement and a claim for groundless threats brought by Tech21 in relation to the design of electronic device cases. In the retail sector, it has been devising a strategy for Rocket Games, creator of the Pie Face Game, for dealing with counterfeit products, including direct action.

HGF Law Manchester – North West

HGF Law’s ‘effective team’ attracts praise for its ability to ‘adapt to suit the clients’ needs’. The ‘practical and commercial’ Antony Gold, whose advise is ‘always to the point’, is recommended alongside Janet Knowles, an able transactional lawyer who is experienced in the life sciences industry and has also been working with educational institutions and their spin-out companies. In an illustration of its multi-jurisdictional expertise the team is acting in patent proceedings for an international manufacturing client in the Danish Maritime and Commercial Court. Other major clients include Halfords Group, Specsavers and Brooker Group.

HGF Law Birmingham – West Midlands

According to one client, HGF Law ‘is the best law firm for intellectual property in the West Midlands’. The recent recruitments of Marie McMorrow and ‘outstanding lawyer’ and legal director Tom Nener (‘who is unflappable under pressure and whose judgement is second to none’) from DWF have significantly strengthened the team, which handles brand protection matters – including infringement response and enforcement. Recent work includes representing Jack Wills in a potential trade mark dispute with the British Olympic Association, and advising a Canada-based conglomerate with regards to the alleged misuse of confidential information, copyright and design right infringement by several ex-senior executives. It also acted for a private medical equipment manufacturer in High Court proceedings against a newly formed competitor founded by an ex-employee. Birmingham office head Chris Moore is also recommended. Other notable clients include AGA Rangemaster, Holland and Barrett and Ricardo.

Marie McMorrow listed as a leading individual

Tom Nener listed as a next generation lawyer

PATMA – Patent Attorneys

With 11 offices in the UK and three further offices in Europe, HGF is well positioned to handle Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings, opposition and appeal proceedings and portfolio management for a healthy mix of domestic and multinational clients. Representative clients include AstraZeneca, Smith & Nephew and Lucideon. Matthew Dixon is advising Q-bot on the management of its patent portfolio and succeeded in a European patent opposition for Bespak against Scandinavian Health resulting in the revocation of Scandinavian Health’s European patent relating to an auto injector device. In other highlights, Mike Nelson is assisting Raptor Pharmaceuticals with its European patent portfolio, and Gary Wilson is advising a global materials science company on its global portfolio management and on the prosecution of its patents globally. Chris Moore heads the opposition and appeal group and has solid track record in defending and opposing patents at the EPO. Further names to note include Harry Hutchinson, Jonathan Atkinson and Andrew Wells.

PATMA – Trade Mark Attorneys

HGF has a wealth of experience in oppositions and appeals, as well as IP litigation. The Leeds-based David Potter heads the 10-partner team, which includes Antony Gold, who impresses with his ‘non-confrontational but firm approach, which keeps legal grandstanding to a minimum without portraying weakness and assists in orderly discussions to reach satisfactory settlement’. Lee Curtis is ‘experienced, practical and solution-oriented’. Curtis manages the trade mark and IP portfolio of Laura Ashley globally, which includes handling more than 1000 trade mark registrations, and has advised on a number domain name disputes. Halfords Group and Dunlem Group are also Curtis’s clients. Richard Wylie is regularly called on to manage the trade mark portfolios of clients including high streets retailers, household names and leading entertainment and publishing companies. London-based Stephanie Loeffler-Reading is also highly recommended.

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