16 May 2022

Venner Shipley News

See below for a round-up of the latest VS news as featured in our Autumn/Winter 2021 Inside IP!

Legal Directory Success

We have been recognised once again by World Trademark Review in their World’s Leading Trademark Professionals rankings for prosecution and strategy and enforcement and litigation. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

WTR 1000 2022 commented “already a powerful force in the UK trademark prosecution sphere, Venner Shipley’s practice was boosted recently through its merger with Brookes IP. Thanks to this expansion of personnel and clients, plus the growth of its Munich offering, the firm has enjoyed a successful year despite recent challenges”.

International Trademark Association Conference

Our Trade Mark and Designs team, comprising David Birchall, Alex Brown, Jane Martin, James Tumbridge, Clare Turnbull, and Yoann Rousseau attended the 2022 International Trademark Association (INTA) conference in Washington, D.C., from April 30 – May 4 2022. INTA is a global association of brand owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and complementary intellectual property (IP) to foster consumer trust, economic growth, and innovation, and committed to building a better society through brands. Our team had a successful trip meeting and networking with a number of peers and colleagues from the IP world. It was great to meet so many of you on the trip!

If you didn’t get a chance to catch up with us in Washington but would still like to discuss anything IP with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by contacting us at

Venner Shipley shortlisted in three categories at the 2022 Managing IP Awards

We are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted for three awards at this year’s Managing IP Awards, taking place 15 June. We have been nominated in the following categories:

  • European Firm of the Year – Patent Prosecution
  • Firm of the Year – Trademark Contentious (Patent & Trademark Attorney Firms)
  • Firm of the Year – Patent Prosecution

Congratulations to all other firms who have also been shortlisted for awards and we look forward to (hopefully) a great night of celebrating next month.

Exam success

We are delighted to announce a number of recent exam successes on what has been an outstanding year of results for our trainees and associates.

UK Patent Exams
A huge well done to our associates on their latest UK patent exams results with Louis Jolliffe passing the FD1 – Advanced IP Law and Practice exam and James Plunkett, Louis Jolliffe, Nusrat Rahman, Emma Bridgland, Emma Lonnen and Robert Holbrook successfully passing, FD4 – Infringement and Validity.

Congratulations especially to Louis Jolliffe and James Plunkett who are now registered as patent attorneys in the UK.

Some fantastic results across the board from our trainees with Tasmin Bluck, Alan Brunier, Rachel Challands, Hugh Crook, William Grace, Alexandra Gregory, Carine Makendi, Mark Pearce, Sophie Newgas and Charlotte Wilding all successfully passing the EPO’s pre-EQE exam.

Queen Mary Certificate in IP Law
Finally, many congratulations to Thomas Bridgwater, Carine Makendi, Sophie Newgas, Joseph O’Leary and Alexandra Trodd who all passed the Queen Mary Certificate in IP Law with distinction.

Partner, Jonathan Hewett commented: “We are extremely proud of all those above on their recent exam passes. We understand the pressures these exams can put onto our associates with having to study alongside their day-to-day responsibilities at the firm, and this year’s outstanding results are a credit to them and their hard work – we look forward to watching their careers grow at Venner Shipley”.

Many congratulations to all those below on their results.

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