Intellectual Property team recognised for fourth year in a row at WTR and upgraded from bronze to silver status

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Howard Kennedy’s Intellectual Property (IP) team has been recognised as a Silver firm in the latest World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR), for the fourth year running.

A go-to resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise, the WTR 1000 ranks practices based on depth of expertise, market presence and positive peer and client feedback.

“Howard Kennedy is a well-respected and high-quality firm,” the WTR 1000 said. “Though adept at servicing players across an array of sectors, the outfit has a particular affinity for those in the creative industries and has a number of top fashion and video game companies on its roster, as well as world-famous artists.”

The firm’s Silver ranking is a step up from our Bronze listing last year, showcasing the continued growth and strength of the team. This is in addition to being listed in categories including Silver - prosecution and strategy, Bronze - enforcement and litigation and Recommended - transactions, with individual recognitions for all three partners.

Robert Lands

Robert Lands is Head of the IP & Commercial team and has over 25 years of experience in intellectual property, data protection and commercial contracts. He is listed as: Silver – individuals prosecution and strategy; and Recommended – transactions.

As the WTR 1000 entry says: “[He] is a fantastic lawyer who always provides great advice that is creative, thoughtful and practical.”

Colin Sawdy

Colin Sawdy heads Howard Kennedy’s Trade Marks practice. Colin's individual listing saw him promoted from Bronze to Silver for prosecution and strategy, and he is Recommended for anti-counterfeiting.

The WTR 1000 noted: “[He] expertly manages thousands of trade mark records worldwide, effectively collaborates to meet client needs, and advocates for their rights… he is extremely knowledgeable and is a true partner to his clients.”  Colin also brings the added dimension of being fluent in Japanese “which makes him a big hit with patrons like iconic video game company SEGA, for whom he handles the clearance, filing and enforcement of its trademarks across the globe.”

Alex Watt

Alex Watt is an experienced intellectual property lawyer who is known for his work within the art world.

Alex is listed in as a Recommended lawyer for transactions with WTR 1000 commenting: “He understands the full picture in relation to any issue that arises and can identify the optimum solution for his client. His depth of experience of commercial law issues, regulatory issues such as advertising, and his ability to handle early-stage disputes make him the perfect person to work with”.


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