WBD hires intellectual property trade mark Lawyer into its Leeds office

Robin Richardson and Patrick Cantrill

Transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has hired trade mark lawyer, Robin Richardson, to join its expanding Leeds-based Intellectual Property (IP) team.

Robin joins from KISCH IP, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Fellow of the South African Institute of IP Law and a South African-qualified Trade Mark practitioner and domain name adjudicator. His focus include trade marks, social media (including Facebook and Twitter), domain names and brand protection in the commercial and digital arena.

Patrick Cantrill, head of IP at WBD, said: “We are delighted that Robin has joined our IP team. He has valuable experience in delivering clear and practical advice to major clients. Our trade mark lawyers form part of our full-service IP team which supports our clients across the UK and abroad in need of advice on patent, trademark and design right matters. He is a great addition to our team and we all look forward to working with him.”

Robin said: “I am delighted to be joining the intellectual property team at WBD here in Leeds. The firm as a whole has very strong credentials across its 11 key sectors with a fantastic client portfolio. WBD is clearly committed to growth and is well positioned in the ever changing legal marketplace for success in the future.”

The intellectual property team at WBD has more than 150 qualified IP lawyers and patent and trade mark attorneys across its 26 offices in the US and UK.

According to the Chambers, the annual legal guide, the firm’s Leeds-based team is ‘known for their strong IP offering in Yorkshire with a national platform able to advise on strategic portfolio management issues and infringement disputes’. The team also won the Intellectual Property Team of the Year award at the 2018 Yorkshire Legal Awards.

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