January 24, 2018

Clyde & Co expands IP practice with partner hire in Middle East

Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the appointment of Mark Devaney as a Partner in its Intellectual Property (IP) practice. Mark will focus on trade mark registration related work across the firm's network of offices in the Middle East, as part of an unrivalled offering in the region covering the entire IP life cycle.

Mark advises clients on all aspects of brand protection, including trade mark filing strategy, trade mark selection and prosecution, validity and oppositions.  His experience ranges from working with large multinational companies on high level brand enforcement matters to assisting start-ups to develop brand protection strategies to complement their business and support their commercial success. 

Mark is a trade mark attorney with over 20 years' experience in the trade mark field. He has spent 18 years in London with Gill Jennings & Every, progressing to the role of partner.  Mark relocated to Dubai in 2016 and he has, since then, been a partner at a specialist IP boutique firm.  Mark has been a recommended IP lawyer in both the World Trademark Review 1000 and Legal 500 directories.

With Mark's arrival, Clyde & Co has a unique offering in the Middle East, as the only firm in the region which is full service across the entire IP life cycle, with each area of IP (registration-related, commercial and contentious) being partner led.

Rob Deans, Partner at Clyde & Co in the Middle East, comments: “As the UAE and wider Middle East become increasingly strategically important to global companies, the need for regional IP protection across the region continues to grow in line with business activity. The calibre of Mark's expertise and his seniority and reputation in the market is a strong enabler to support our clients across the region.”

Mark Devaney says: “I am looking forward to bringing my trade mark knowledge and experience to a firm with such an extensive and established network.  It is important to provide clients with high quality support in protecting and exploiting their trade marks and other IP assets in the Middle East, and the strength of Clyde & Co’s IP offering in the region provides the perfect platform to do this.”

Clyde & Co has been advising clients on IP issues with region specific and highly commercial advice in the Middle East for over 25 years, and it has the largest full-service dedicated IP practice in the region with over 50 professionals.  Clyde & Co's IP team has consistently been ranked as the top IP firm in the UAE since 2010.

Today, Clyde & Co is one of the largest international law firms in the GCC with over 40 partners and 400 staff, operating in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, providing a full-service of local specialists in commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, international arbitration, finance & banking, projects & construction, real estate, regulatory & investigations, and technology.