Intellectual Property firms Cleveland Scott York Solicitors St Albans and HarpendenLeading intellectual property firms, Cleveland IP and Scott & York IP Law, are to merge with effect from 1 April 2017. The combined firm will be known as Cleveland Scott York.

Cleveland Scott York will bring together the strengths of Cleveland IP and Scott & York to create a firm which offers clients a greater depth and breadth of expertise across both patent and trade mark practices.

Cleveland IP is already a significant player in the trade mark sector – a recent article pointing out that it was ranked third highest by the number of opposition hearings in the UK – and the addition of Scott and York’s trade mark team will make it stronger still.

Patent clients will benefit from a team that is almost twice as large as at present, with a greater pool of sector-specific expertise including medical devices, life sciences, material and nano-technology, mechanical engineering, electronics, software and automotive.

Cleveland Scott York will have offices in London, St Albans, Reading and Brussels. The principal office will continue to be located at Fetter Lane in the City of London, to which the London, Guildhall Yard offices of Scott & York will move.

The new Brussels office will provide the firm with a valuable EU presence.  It is one element in the firm’s strategy to maintain an EU trade mark filing capability after the UK leaves the EU in two years’ time.

Jonathan Clegg, a trade mark partner based in London said: “it is not easy to find merger partners who share the same approach to client service, let alone a similar desire to achieve even higher standards. Cleveland IP and Scott & York are that rare combination and we’re all looking forward to making this happen as we develop our business together.”

Andrew Mackenzie, a patent partner in the St Albans office specialising on engineering and automotive work, added: “the merger gives us greater critical mass, and will make it easier for us to build on the strength of our existing teams”.

Adrian Bradley, a patent partner in the Reading office specialising in life sciences and medical devices, said: “adding a St Albans office to our existing ones in London and Reading offers clients more options for meeting their intellectual property attorneys without having to travel into London when they don’t want to, as well as our excellent facilities in the City when they do”.

The Partners of the two firms would like to thank Adamson & Partners for their assistance in bringing together Cleveland IP and Scott & York to form Cleveland Scott York. Milli Bouri, Partner and UK Lead of Adamson & Partners commented “I am delighted that Cleveland IP and Scott & York, two successful and like-minded firms, have merged to create a compelling platform for their shared vision, fuelling future growth and reinforcing their strong commitment to client service.”

Further information about the intellectual property services Cleveland Scott York can offer is available from Nick Dougan, Practice Director.