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Awards & legal directories

Client opinion is important to us - it is the real benchmark by which we are judged. We are therefore proud of the fact that D Young & Co is one of very few IP firms ranked 'top tier' by all the major UK legal directories. This includes Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Managing IP (MIP), IAM Patent 1000 and WTR 1000.

The legal directories' assessment depends greatly upon client recommendations and considers the firm's capability, depth of expertise, capacity for substantial cases, technical skills, market share, reputation and overall annual performance.

D Young & Co rankings and awards

  • Top tier patent and trade mark firm - Legal 500 

  • Top tier patent and trade mark firm - Chambers UK

  • Top tier patent and trade mark firm - IP Stars (Managing Intellectual Property Global IP Survey)

  • Highly Recommended Patent Firm - IAM Patent 1000

  • 'Gold' status Trade Mark Firm - World Trademark Review (WTR 1000)
  • Super Lawyers in IP Law - Tamsin Holman, Richard Willoughby & Ian Starr (and Matthew Dick a Super Lawyers 'Rising Star')
  • UK IP Firm of the Year 2016 - ACQ5 Global Awards

  • UK IP Firm of the Year 2013 - Corporate Livewire Global Awards

  • UK Trade Mark Prosecution Firm 2017 & 2012 - IP Stars (MIP) Global Awards

  • IP Law Firm of the Year 2011 - Lawyer Monthly

Legal 500 says:

D Young & Co LLP is 'excellent on all fronts' and the team handled EPO opposition and appeal work, in addition to a number of high-profile contentious matters including litigation. 

Attracting substantial praise from clients, D Young & Co LLP is, according to one, 'an absolute badge of excellence'.

The patent team at D Young & Co LLP is “consistently excellent” and is “very customer focused”, and its ‘business acumen and industry knowledge of the patent attorney landscape is very impressive’. 

Managing IP says:

"First class" IP boutique.

The team recorded a number of wins in 2016 for well-known brands in proceedings before the UK IPO and EUIPO.

Dynamic D Young & Co...Its contentious and prosecution practices operate seamlessly and have been successful for years.

"High quality legal work and advice at a reasonable price". "They're very responsive to our needs".

With offices in London and Southampton, the "pioneering" D Young & Co is among the most respected IP boutiques in the market...They have a dynamic partnership and talented people.

The team is widely seen as one of the very best in the market, employing some of the most impressive practitioners and involved in some of the most interesting work.

[D Young & Co] is a firm enthusiastically recommended by its clients: "The quality of their work is stellar.  The partners and associates take the time to be thorough without overcharging for time," says one, who adds: "D Young's overall level of service is excellent.  It delivers high quality work at a reasonable price, and is very responsive to its clients' needs."  

D Young & Co is a leader in the UK prosecution market.

Clearly in the premier league of patent attorneys covering biotech in the UK. 

World Trademark Review says:

"D Young is just the most amazing IP company – you can leave it all in its hands and you never have to chase a thing." The firm's metamorphosis into a comprehensive litigation and prosecution service provider has been a widely followed story on the UK trademark scene and the near-unanimous verdict is that it has managed the transition with phenomenal success. 

Heralded as "the best in Europe", D Young & Co is also home to a flourishing disputes practice and as such "represents one of the more successful marriages between filing and litigation". "A real standout element of D Young is its bold advocacy in support of our company's interests, but with a finely honed sense of what is achievable in the real world," reported one patron.

Commentators continue to watch "forward-thinking" D Young with interest, following the recruitment of "top-calibre litigator" Ian Starr and his squad to complement its roster of trademark attorneys. The trailblazing move has equipped the firm to provide persuasive one-stop service to a cadre of prestigious household names, including PepsiCo, Rolex, Renault and Duracell. Work ranges from fixed-price searches to tailored solutions to the most complex disputes.  "The results are excellent:  D Young & Co delivers top-quality legal advice at a reasonable cost, and is very responsive to rights holders' needs."  

IAM Patent 1000 says:

Its squad of technically astute professionals makes light work of all prosecution matters, while its chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical group boasts particular proficiency in oppositions before the EPO.

"You can't fault the fantastic quality of the work D Young & Co puts in. It collaborates efficiently to find the best solutions."

[D Young & Co's] "Overall level of service never falls below excellent. It delivers quality patents for a reasonable price and is exceptionally responsive."

Clients and peers alike heap bountiful praise upon "rising star" D Young & competes at the highest level on a worldwide basis. "Its critical evaluation of patentability is faultless and its advice on patent strategy and prosecution shows a profound level of understanding of the technology involved."

Clients enthuse that "it has the perfect balance between an understanding of the law, complex scientific issues and the budget constraints of a business".

Chambers UK says:

A leading name in the filing of both patents and trade marks. Its substantial roster of attorneys enables it to cover nearly every specialism and need, including litigation.

Responsiveness: "Nothing seems to be too much of a problem. I don't know how they do it but whenever there is an urgent issue they drop everything and make sure we get what we need."

Client service: "They are professional and personal at the same time."

D Young & Co offers clients a full IP law service, hosting solicitors as well as patent and trade mark attorneys, and it is the first firm to acquire legal disciplinary status (LDP).

As one of the best and biggest such firms in Europe, D Young & Co performs enforcement and litigation as well as registration, prosecution and portfolio management services.

The firm's expertise in electronics and software, biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals is particularly well regarded

[D Young & Co is] highly regarded for its work on a wide range of patent matters. Its attorneys act across all types of technology, from life sciences to electrical engineering, and it also enjoys a thriving trade marks practice. 

Commentators note the quality of the service provided by the firm, with one highlighting that "the entire team is keen to make sure they understand what we want, from fee earners to business support assistants." 

An "absolutely top-notch" service. 

Excellent at both oral proceedings and high-pressure cases. 


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