One of the best EPO patent opposition practices in Europe
D Young & Co is described as “one of the best EPO patent opposition practices in Europe” and is highly recommended in the annual review of The World’s Leading Patent Professionals by IAM Patent 1000.
We are delighted to be once again highly recommended for patent prosecution and recommended for patent litigation by this leading legal directory.
We are grateful to our clients for their contribution to the research and for their positive feedback, as quoted by IAM Patent 1000 in their review of D Young & Co.
IAM Patent 1000 writes
D Young & Co operates one of the best EPO patent opposition practices in Europe. Having a sixth sense for what will carry the day – and as of summer 2016 an office in Munich, close to the action – its nimble-witted practitioners emerge victorious from crucial proceedings over and over again.
The biotech, chemistry and pharmaceutical practice is chock-full of talent, with Charles Harding, Catherine Mallalieu, Neil Nachshen, Kirk Gallagher, Simon O’Brien, Aylsa Williams and Garreth Duncan all ranked in the IAM Patent 1000 2018. Harding’s rigorous analytical mind is an invaluable asset in the drafting process. “Mallalieu is an incredibly experienced practitioner who is very successful at getting applications through to grant and upheld in opposition – a real star. She’s quick to understand her clients’ technologies and to recognise their business needs. On top of that, she’s always responsive to enquiries and works collaboratively with in-house IP managers and scientists to ensure that their innovations are appropriately protected”. The supremely sharp Nachshen is excellent at advising on the second medical use of approved drugs, formulations and synthetic processes. A “fantastic” ally to have, Gallagher is extremely hardworking and knows life sciences inside out, while O’Brien has the technical expertise and experience to handle even the most delicate and vital matters in a tight timeframe. Williams and Duncan work together so frequently they can practically finish one another’s sentences. “They make an invaluable team and provide a wonderful experience for rights holders. They’re collaborative and bring a lot to the table – it’s clear how committed they are. Clients feel like they have 24/7 access to them, with regular in-person meetings and video conferencing.”
The electronics, engineering and IT practice features two more stars: Anthony Albutt and Jonathan Jackson. Albutt is tremendous in the telecoms space, while Jackson has a preternatural understanding of wearable technologies. With clients receiving support from these nine masterly patent attorneys, no one ever feels short changed.
What is more, the contentious wing of the practice is now flourishing too, meaning that the firm can be effectively used as a one-stop shop. This practice is Ian Starr’s baby and it shows – since establishing it in 2011 he has put his heart and soul into every case and let nothing run away from him. Fellow litigator Richard Willoughby inspires confidence in clients too. He really knows the intricacies of UK courts and has the ability to think on his feet.
Source: IAM Patent 1000 2018
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