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Clyde & Co's Middle East IP team tops rankings across the board

  • Press Releases 18 April 2011 18 April 2011

March and April 2011 has seen the release of four major independent intellectual property (IP) surveys for the UAE, with Clyde & Co achieving unrivalled top tier rankings for their IP service offering across all directories: Chambers Global, Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) and the inaugural World Trade Mark Review 1000 (WTR).

Chambers Global 2011 rates Clyde & Co as the stand-alone top IP firm in the UAE, stating that the firm's ”Outstanding offering in IP became even better this year". In highlighting the strength of the practice, Chambers Global specifically refers to the practice's offering in trade marks, patents, licensing, registration and IP-related disputes work.

One source who was interviewed as part of the survey described Clyde & Co as "My top choice – they really score extra points with their depth of local experience".

In addition to the 'top tier' ranking for the practice, Chambers Global names practice head Rob Deans as the leading IP lawyer in the UAE; underpinned by his recognition as the only individual IP lawyer to achieve a 'top tier' rating. One survey source describes Rob as "obviously great" while another states that he is "a knowledgeable and effective lawyer who is capable of aligning his advice to the commercial needs of his clients".

Joycia Young, who joined the Clyde & Co IP practice in mid-2010, was also identified as a key individual, with Chambers Global describing her arrival as a big boost to the practice and sources proclaiming that she "really hits the mark on a wide range of IP work".

The Legal 500 directory has again awarded Clyde & Co a top tier ranking for its IP practice in the UAE. The 2011 survey specifically praises Clyde & Co's IP team for providing "an international approach with local expertise", combined with an ability "to provide expertise in many Middle Eastern markets, including IP in some of the less “Westernised” states".

The survey singles out practice head Rob Deans for praise, describing him as a leading individual who is "practical, capable and reliable". In addition, the survey references the added strength and depth brought to the practice by partner Joycia Young who joined Clyde & Co from DLA Piper where she previously headed up the IP practice for the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

For the second year running, Clyde & Co has achieved a 'perfect score' in the Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) survey for 2011 by achieving a first tier ranking in each of the four specialist categories covered by the survey for the UAE.

The MIP survey identifies the leading IP firms in more than 80 countries and ranks them in tier across four categories covering 'trade mark prosecution', 'patent prosecution', 'trade mark / copyright contentious' and 'patent contentious'. In 2010 Clyde & Co was the only firm in the UAE to achieve a top tier ranking in all four categories in the UAE and has been able to repeat this achievement for a second consecutive year in 2011.

In addition April 2011 has seen the publication of the first edition World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000), an independent publication focusing exclusively on trade mark practices and practitioners.

The WTR identifies firms and individuals that are setting industry benchmarks for trademark legal services in more than 50 key jurisdictions. In the UAE, Clyde & Co are identified as having "arguably the most highly developed trademark practice in the jurisdiction" and for offering "a level of service ... that is somewhat more in tune with the expectations of international clients".

Clyde & Co are also acknowledged for having more leading private practice trade mark experts than any other firm in the UAE with Rob Deans receiving praise from clients in the region and beyond, who appreciate his "unyielding pursuit of excellence" and "infinite patience and ability to understand tricky concepts in clear layman’s terms".

Commenting on the results, Rob Deans, head of Clyde & Co's IP practice said,

I am extremely thankful to our clients for entrusting us with their work across the Middle East region. We are fortunate to have a highly talented and dedicated team which has worked together to deliver top quality work in some of the most challenging areas in the region. We are looking forward to the year ahead, as we welcome more specialists into our team and we look to consolidate and expand our offering across the region."

Clyde & Co is unique in the Middle East region in that it operates a dedicated IP practice within a full service law firm, allowing the team to provide clients with the benefits of region-specific specialist IP advice within a wider commercial framework.

In addition to being recognised as one of the leading intellectual property firms in the Middle East region, Clyde & Co has also been ranked as 'top tier' by Chambers Global and Legal 500 in various specialist areas, including dispute resolution, construction, corporate, commercial, real estate and shipping.

How the surveys* ranked IP practices in the UAE:

 

Chambers
Global
The Legal
500
Managing IP
  Patent
prosecution
Patent
contentious
Trade mark
prosecution
Trade mark /
copyright
contentious
Tier One Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co

Al Tamimi

Clyde & Co

Abu-Ghazaleh

Saba & Co

Clyde & Co

Al Tamimi

Rouse

Clyde & Co

Abu-Ghazaleh

Al Tamimi

Saba & Co

SMAS-IP

Clyde & Co

Al Tamimi

Rouse

Tier Two

Al Tamimi

Rouse

DLA Piper

Khassawneh

Rouse

The Rights Lawyers

SMAS-IP

United Trademark

SMAS-IP

The Rights Lawyers

Cedar White Bradley

Rouse

The Rights Lawyers

Abu-Ghazaleh

Cedar White Bradley

Saba & Co

The Rights Lawyers

Tier
Three

DLA Piper

Hadef & Partners

The Rights Lawyers

-

Al Tamimi

NJQ & Associates

Rouse

- - -

 

* The World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) does not rank individual firms or practitioners into a tier structure but Identifies Clyde & Co as having the most highly developed trademark practice in the UAE jurisdiction.

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