Marks & Clerk is the largest intellectual property attorney firm in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. We have approximately 150 practitioners in the UK and 260 practitioners worldwide and we are the largest filer of European Trade Marks in the UK.
With over 125 years of experience and expertise as a trusted provider of advice and services across the full spectrum of disciplines within the field of intellectual property, through our long-established partners and via 17 offices on three continents across the globe, in concert with our litigation partners Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP, our firm is uniquely placed to provide value-added professional services while retaining a close relationship and understanding of business’s.
Merchant & Gould, a national intellectual property law firm, has been assisting companies of all sizes—from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies—strategically manage, protect and leverage their intellectual property portfolios for 118 years. We handle every aspect of IP from preparation and prosecution to litigations, appeals, and post-grant proceedings. We have broad experience and expertise in patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as licensing, due diligence, opinions, and counseling. With eight office locations and over 100 attorneys, we are positioned to partner with clients throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies – at every stage of their lifecycle – and the investors that partner with them. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, joint ventures, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For more information, please visit fenwick.com<https://www.fenwick.com/pages/default.aspx>.
Thomas Prock is a Partner at Marks & Clerk with more than 18 years’ experience advising clients in the electronics sector on internet related subject matter and computer-implemented inventions. Thomas is also active in protecting inventions in the Cleantech and medical device field.
Thomas graduated with a Diploma in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Ulm (Germany) and went on to obtain his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research, where he investigated the interaction between radio frequency electromagnetic fields and conducting tissue, with particular emphasis on its application to the design of phased array resonators.
Having qualified as a Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney in 2007, in 2014 Thomas became one of the few professionals to also qualify as a Patentanwalt (German Patent Attorney). In the LMG Life Sciences Guide 2014, Thomas is listed as a ‘Life Sciences Star’ for his work in the medical devices area. He is also commended in the inaugural Who's Who Legal - Patent Agents, which refers to him as a “definite inclusion on any list”.
As a professional engineer turned intellectual property attorney, George emphasizes developing and managing patent and trademark portfolios to support the business goals of his clients. Whether coordinating the IP clearance and protection for a new product or handling the ongoing management of an existing corporate intellectual property portfolio that spans multiple product lines, George focuses on creating a coordinated portfolio of IP assets (encompassing patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright protection as appropriate) that supports his clients' strategic business plans and goals.
Drawing on his extensive experience as an engineer in research, design, operations and project management, George develops and integrates IP protection programs that suit his clients and their products, business models, and markets to aggressively protect their market positions and provide a strong foundation for future growth. Because of his diverse experience and his training in both electrical and chemical arts, George is uniquely suited to assist clients in responding to the modern IP challenges confronting corporate counsel, challenges that include not only protecting a company's core business and brands, but also must address IP issues associated with the ancillary technologies and corporate functions necessary to a modern business, such as manufacturing techniques, environmental concerns, IT infrastructure, business methods, internet presence, and supply chain management.
Armen Nercessian <https://www.fenwick.com/professionals/Pages/armennercessian.aspx> focuses his practice on litigation and regularly counsels and represents technology and gaming clients on a variety of copyright, trademark, and trade secret suits, as well as complex consumer class actions. Armen also frequently represents online service providers, including platforms, website optimization services, cybersecurity companies, conduits, and search and location services, concerning intermediary liability claims based on the conduct of users and other third-parties.
Armen maintains an active pro bono<x-apple-data-detectors://2> docket. In 2017, together with Stanford Community Law Clinic, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and the Public Interest Law Project, he defeated an attempt by the California Apartment Association and institutional landlords to block implementation of Mountain View’s ballot measure on rent stabilization. Armen received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law and his B.S., summa cum laude, in Electrical Engineering and Drama from Tufts University.