Bond Dickinson’s Leeds office expands Intellectual Property team

UK law firm Bond Dickinson has recruited three Intellectual Property experts to join its national team, based in their office in Leeds.

Samantha Lucas, Rachel Hearson and Amy Galloway will all join the firm from Walker Morris over the next few months.

This follows the recruitment of Patrick Cantrill, Intellectual Property Partner, also from Walker Morris in May. 

Samantha Lucas, solicitor, focuses on IP litigation and has substantial experience gained from a number of cases before the Patents Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court – for example, the dispute from 2013 between band members over the rights to the Wishbone Ash name.

Rachel Hearson is a UK and European trade mark attorney who qualified with Urquhart-Dykes & Lord, the patent attorneys, before joining Walker Morris.

Rachel will add considerable expertise and experience to the existing team at Bond Dickinson dealing with trade marks and designs searching and prosecution and portfolio management.

Amy Galloway has been recruited into the Trade Marks & Designs Unit of Bond Dickinson as a trainee trade mark attorney.

Amy has experience of working on a number of high volume trade mark and design portfolios.

Mark Pearce, head of intellectual property partner at Bond Dickinson said: “We are delighted to have recruited three more IP experts that will bring an array of additional expertise to our firm and our clients.

“We are focused on growth and further recruitment as we cement the position of Bond Dickinson as a major force both regionally and nationally, on the UK IP scene.”

Bond Dickinson’s IP team advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters and has a particular reputation for handling complex IP disputes.

The firm advises on the protection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Bond Dickinson is one of just a few firms that offer trade mark filing and prosecution with dual qualified solicitor-trade mark attorneys.

The team also regularly drafts intellectual property licences and collaboration agreements across a range of specialist sectors.

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