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Clyde & Co welcomes 'Regional Head of Trade Marks' to Middle East IP practice

  • Press Releases 5 May 2011 5 May 2011

Law firm Clyde & Co LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Parker to the role of 'Regional Head of Trade Marks' within the firm's Middle East Intellectual Property (IP) team.

Jon joins Clyde & Co from the specialist IP firm Rouse where he has most recently been acting as Country Manager. Jon has been based in the Middle East since 2006, and he has extensive experience in managing trade mark portfolios throughout the UAE, the wider MENA region and further afield.

During his time in the Middle East, Jon has been recognised by a number of legal directory publications. The recently released Legal 500 directory states that “…trade mark attorney Jon Parker is outstanding” and the World Trade Mark Review 1000 describes Jon as a "leading light". Further praise comes from Chambers Global 2011 which describes Jon as being "switched on and incredibly helpful".

Jon said of his appointment "I am tremendously excited by the opportunities in my new role at Clyde & Co. The regional capabilities and infrastructure that the firm has developed through over 25 years in the Middle East is second to none. The IP team has a fantastic reputation for quality which is clearly well-deserved. I look forward to working with this friendly and talented team".

Before moving to the UAE, Jon spent five years in private practice in the UK. This followed 10 years at the UK Trade Marks Registry where his position combined a managerial role within the Law Section with acting as a Hearing Officer for matters before the UK Registrar.

Welcoming Jon, Clyde & Co's Head of IP, Rob Deans, said "We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Jon's calibre on board. His technical abilities balanced with his straightforward and commercial approach makes him the perfect person to drive forward our trade mark practice across the Middle East. I am sure that our clients will see a huge benefit
from his arrival."

Clyde & Co is unique in the Middle East region in that it operates a dedicated IP practice within a full service law firm, allowing clients to benefit from region-specific specialist IP advice within a wider commercial framework. The firm's expertise covers all aspects of intellectual property law and is strengthened by specialist lawyers in all key areas including patents, trade marks, copyright and the protection and exploitation of know-how and trade secrets.

Clyde & Co has recently achieved unrivalled top tier rankings for its IP offering across four major independent surveys for the UAE, namely Chambers Global, Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property and the inaugural World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000). Clyde & Co is the only firm in the UAE ever to have achieved this feat of being top-ranked in all four of these surveys.

In addition, with the arrival of Jon Parker, Clyde & Co now has more top-ranked IP specialists in the region than any other firm.

Chambers Global 2011 identifies Jon Parker, Rob Deans and Joycia Young from Clyde & Co as leading IP practitioners in the UAE, with no other firm having more than a single person identified.

WTR 1000 identifies Jon Parker and Rob Deans from Clyde & Co as leading trade mark practitioners in the UAE, with only one person from another firm achieving this status.