Williams Powell

British and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

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Our trade marks team is formed of UK and European Trade Mark Attorneys who have experience dealing with a wide range of commercial sectors. Increasingly, Trade Marks are becoming strategic rights.  Bad faith registrations are becoming more frequent and proactive action is often the best line of defence to protect the reputation and goodwill built up in a Trade Mark.  As well as Trade Mark filing and prosecution, the team provide strategic portfolio management services to many new and well known brands, both small and large. They also routinely handle opposition and litigation matters.

Ian Tollett

Ian is a British and European Patent Attorney who has taken the relatively unusual step of qualifying as a Trade Mark Attorney by examination (and was awarded a prize for the highest mark while doing so). Before entering the profession he studied chemistry at The Queen's College, Oxford, where he also submitted a thesis on the history and philosophy of science.

Ian protects inventions in the chemical field, advises SMEs on IP business strategy, and offers IP support during due diligence and investment rounds. He has also managed IP litigation at the IPEC and High Court and has passed an IPReg regulated advocacy assessment. He is therefore able to advise at every stage of the IP lifecycle.

In the past he has been a keen canoeist and oarsman, but stays on dry land these days to pursue his interests of cycling, cocktails and culture.

Stephen Powell

Stephen is a British and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney.  He studied physics at Merton College, Oxford and also has an external law degree from London University.  For eight years he was an examiner in the U.K. Patent Office.  He has a good command of technical German.  He is a member of the Council of the Licensing Executives Society (Britain and Ireland).  

He is a member of FICPI and also a fellow of the Institute of Physics.  He has given I.P. seminars in the U.K., Scandinavia and Japan.  Away from the office he is a hockey umpire and a local school governor. 

Clare Mullarkey

Clare studied Law at Leicester University. She started her career as a trade mark attorney working in-house at Unilever and has worked in other IP firms as well as for a global law firm.

Prior to joining Williams Powell, Clare ran her own trade marks practice.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her young family, reading and foreign travel.