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Chambers UK

Mathys & Squire is ranked highly in the Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys category for Chambers UK 2020. The firm is noted for being a ‘highly regarded patent and trade mark practice with an impressive client list drawn from many different industries. Recommended for prosecution, contentious registry actions and IP commercialisation. Assists solicitors with patent litigation in the courts. Has offices in France, Germany and Luxembourg.’ 

One client commented: “I find their work to be phenomenal and a lot of that is to do with how they work with each other internally, which has allowed them to achieve results beyond our expectations.”

A source said: “They have a wonderful combination of good technical expertise, commerciality and dynamism.”

Another client said: “We have an extremely positive impression of the firm – a very safe pair of hands with wide capabilities and able to progress overseas filings with a judicious choice of local agents.”

Partner Martin MacLean is ranked Band 1 for his expertise in ‘prosecuting often revolutionary and highly valuable patent portfolios. A client says: “He is highly responsive and creative, and works very closely with our scientists.”

Click here to see Mathys & Squire’s full Chambers UK profile for the 2020 edition.

IAM Patent 1000

Mathys & Squire is recommended in the 2020 edition of IAM Patent 1000. The firm’s ‘hands on’ ‘A-Z approach to patent prosecution’ and ‘invaluable assistance in contentious scenarios’ is highlighted, with one source commenting: “They showed an excellent balance of lateral thinking, pragmatism and ambition for our invention. Some of their suggestions even went beyond drafting the patent and into ideas that might improve the invention itself.”

Partners Jane Clark, Chris Hamer, Ilya Kazi, Martin MacLean and Craig Titmus were singled out as recommended individuals:

Jane Clark, who “develops new skills for new areas that we get involved in, is creative in finding solutions to difficult obstacles and is very prompt, with strong attention to detail and execution.”

‘Esteemed electronics expert Ilya Kazi “has particular skills at managing complex technical and procedural matters before the EPO and is seldom, if ever unsuccessful in matters he handles”.’

‘Chemistry maven Chris Hamer knows all there is to know about ionic liquid technologies and routinely shares his wisdom by lecturing to chemistry and chemical engineering students at Queen’s University Belfast.

‘The firm’s resident biotechnologists include Martin MacLean and Craig Titmus: MacLean showcases his knowledge on the targeting of bacterial toxins through his work for Ipsen Bioinnovation; while sustainable technology start-up Colorifix calls Titmus a “lifesaver” for his slick management of its fabric dye patent portfolio”.’

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IAM Strategy 300

Mathys & Squire partners Ilya Kazi and Martin MacLean have been recommended in IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Following in-depth research, the guide lists the individuals that have been proven to possess world-class skills in the development and roll-out of strategies that maximise the value of patents, copyright, trade marks and other IP rights:

‘The “insightful, analytical” Ilya Kazi is “exceptional”. “He is the ideal IP strategist – he gets people on side easily and quickly, has no airs or graces and puts clients first every time.”

‘Described by the market as “a brilliant patent attorney who carries his wisdom very lightly”, Martin MacLean is “right on top of the most pressing IP challenges”. “He handles mind-boggling technical matters in complex business projects without breaking a sweat.”

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The Legal 500

Mathys & Squire is a Tier 1 ranked firm for patents in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 – UK Guide. The directory has commented: 

‘Mathys & Squire’s life sciences and chemistry and IT, telecoms and engineering departments are among the most active and prestigious patent drafting and filing practices in the market. While the practice counts a high number of international corporations as its clients, it can also look back on a strong track record of prosecution work for start-ups and was appointed as a provider of intellectual property rights services for the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium in 2018.’ Christopher Hamer (who is “always keen to provide support in whatever way the firm can, which is very useful for an in-house team that has several peaks of legal work and different priorities from time to time”) and Martin MacLean (“a real guru in the healthcare and pharmaceutical field, and brings his experience to bear in not only giving very wise legal advice, but also setting things in a commercial context“) direct the life sciences and chemistry group, while Jane Clark and Ilya Kazi (who is “second to none in being able to sit down with a new client and get straight to the crux of the issue they need to resolve. He is excellent both in detail and in longer term strategy, very often coming up with business directions that the clients have not thought of.”) direct the IT and electronics department. Paul Cozens is the head of the engineering practice and the Cambridge-based Alan MacDougall leads the telecoms group. Anna Gregson “is simply outstanding. Professional, pragmatic, approachable and always on hand for advice.” Catherine Booth “excels in: 1) understanding the business needs, 2) learning the technical details, 3) capturing relevant law, 4) persuasive communication both on paper and in person, 5) listening to and countering third parties in real time”. Sean Leach “is technically brilliant and even R&D folks, who are PhDs in their specialist areas, have commended his grasp of new technologies” and Craig Titmus “is highly knowledgeable and consistently meets incredibly tight deadlines”.

Further praise for the firm includes: “The team has a unique blend of diversity of technology expertise combined with individual personal touch, which means that you get both the security that the science is fully understood, along with the in-depth relationship with a single key legal adviser. They are adaptive and responsive to the client’s needs, and very experienced in handling complex collaborative projects with several stakeholders. They also have outstanding commercial expertise, so always see the bigger picture.”

Mathys & Squire LLP is an excellent associate office for EPO patent matters. The team is efficient and responsive. They are in tune with the client’s needs and handle our requests in a professional and well-organised manner. Their experience makes it easy to entrust them with patent filings for UK as well as for EPO matters.”

“Very professional, innovative, reliable and efficient.”

Our trade mark team is also highly ranked in the latest edition of The Legal 500:

‘Mathys & Squire LLP assists with the full spectrum of trade mark prosecution and since its acquisition of Coller IP in December 2017 is also able to offer a comprehensive trade mark valuation and commercialisation service. The group is experienced in assisting large multinationals and domestic start-ups alike, with an especially strong focus on the automotive sector as part of an overall diverse sector offering. The Manchester-based Gary Johnston and the London-based Margaret Arnott, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and heads the litigation practice, direct the team. 

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Managing IP – IP STARS

Mathys & Squire is ranked in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP STARS rankings for 2019. We have been highlighted for our expertise in the categories of ‘Patent prosecution’ and ‘Trade mark prosecution – patent & trade mark attorney firms’.

Seven of our attorneys – Margaret Arnott, Jane Clark, Paul Cozens, Hazel Ford, Gary Johnston, Ilya Kazi and Rebecca Tew – have also been individually ranked as IP STARS, as well as two ‘Rising Stars’ – David Hobson and Andrew White.

For more information about these rankings and to see our full overview, click here.

World Trademark Review 1000

Mathys & Squire is recommended in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000. Partners Margaret Arnott and Gary Johnston, who jointly head up the firm’s trade mark team, have also been recognised as recommended individuals.

Praise for the firm includes: “Mathys’ advice is plotted on a spectrum of risk to cost and is always formulated with sensitivity to the wider commercial and industry context.”

‘London-based Margaret Arnott heads up the litigation team. “Her incisive and pragmatic approach, combined with her strong grasp of current market trends, saves clients time and money. Reasonable and level-headed, Margaret is adept at curtailing situations in which adrenaline and emotions are running high.”

“She is a privilege to work with. A true accelerator of businesses, she is knowledgeable, approachable and proactive.”

‘UK and European trademark and design attorney Gary Johnston “sees the big picture and is able to plan and execute sensibly and reliably”. Based in Manchester, he leverages his 25 years’ experience in anti-counterfeiting, global portfolio management and filing to his patrons’ best advantage.’

For more information and to see the full WTR 1000 rankings, please click here.

ISO 9001

We are proud to be ISO 9001 accredited. By meeting the standards of ISO 9001, the firm has shown commitment to providing a high level of customer service, delivering consistent performance and continuously improving. We pleased to be able to formalise our processes and gain recognition for our commitment to delivering a first-class service to our clients. 

ISO 14001

We are delighted to have achieved ISO 14001 accreditation. ISO 14001 focuses on environmental management and recognises that we are committed to improving environmental performance through efficient use of resources and reduction of waste. We are proud of being an environmentally aware firm.

To find out more about ISO 14001, please click here.