Mark is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. He started his career in industry with Unilever and ICI (sadly no longer with us), before moving to Clifford Chance in the early 1990’s where he spent seven years helping to establish and running the Trade Mark Group.
He was head-hunted in 1999 by the IP specialist firm Rouse to set up its UK Trade Mark practice and to head up its International Trade Mark Group which ultimately spanned 13 countries. This gave Mark significant experience of advising clients seeking to expand into difficult emerging markets, particularly China and South East Asia. Mark’s clients range from world famous established brands in the Retail & Consumer, Energy & Utilities and Workforce Solutions sectors, to specialist branding agencies, working on new product launches.
During his 18 years at Rouse, Mark spent eight of them managing the UK business – a time he describes as fulfilling and rewarding.
Mark’s specialty is managing international trade mark portfolios, including devising brand protection strategies, and the clearance, registration, enforcement and exploitation of brands. He is highly regarded within the international IP community and is a regular speaker on trade marks and brands.
Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and a European Trade Mark Attorney. He is currently working with CITMA on the implications of Brexit on EU trade mark and design rights.