9 November 2020

Venner Shipley strengthens trade mark offering and expands patent practice with the addition of Brookes IP

We are delighted to announce that trade mark and patent attorney firm Brookes IP has joined Venner Shipley, expanding our trade mark offering and adding further strength to our patent practice.

The addition of Brookes IP sees partners Clare Turnbull, Jane Martin, Rosemary Eve and Jonathan Hancox join Venner Shipley along with senior associate Emma Hodge and other members of staff, raising the total number of partners to 30.

Brookes IP, based in Tunbridge Wells, traces its history and company name back to 1852. It advises on patents, trade marks, designs and copyright, representing multinationals and large companies, SMEs and universities, as well as having a focus on medical device and advanced engineering businesses.

Jan Walaski, Managing Partner at Venner Shipley, commented:

We have been looking to expand our trade mark offering for some time and have found a perfect fit with Brookes IP. As a firm, we are continually exploring ways to adapt and enhance our service in-line with the changing needs of our clients.

This merger not only boosts our trade mark practice but also adds further strength and depth to our market-leading Electronics patent team.

Our Chemical and Life Sciences team also benefits from the addition of a qualified patent attorney with a background in chemistry and many years’ experience of working in the patent departments of two global pharmaceutical companies.’’

Clare Turnbull, trade mark attorney at Brookes IP and incoming Head of Trade Marks at Venner Shipley, said:

“It’s a perfect time for us to be joining Venner Shipley to build on our already busy trade mark practice and to support brand owners not only here in the UK but also through Venner Shipley’s Munich office, allowing easy access to the EU after the Brexit transition period ends.

Protecting and enforcing clients’ rights gives me a great sense of satisfaction and adds value to clients’ businesses.”

Jonathan Hancox, patent attorney and Partner at Brookes IP, added:

“We are excited to combine our experience and expertise with Venner Shipley’s market-leading Electronics team to enable the merged business to develop major patent clients.

Driven by technological advancement, more and more companies are filing and obtaining patents, and IP is increasingly acknowledged by boards as an asset on the balance sheet to be managed and deployed strategically.’’

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