Perfect score sees Clyde & Co top UAE IP rankings for forth year in a row.

‘Perfect score’ sees Clyde & Co top UAE IP rankings for forth year in a row.

Clyde & Co LLP has the top practice in the UAE in the field of intellectual property (IP) law, for the fourth year in a row, according to the results of a worldwide review of IP law firms and practices by the specialist publication Managing IP (MIP).

Clyde & Co is also the only firm ever in the UAE to achieve a ‘perfect score’, with a first tier ranking in each of four specialist categories. The survey results, in the words of MIP, provide “a qualitative ranking of the leading firms in each category”.

The categories, as listed in the February 2010 report, are ‘patent prosecution’, ‘patent contentious’, ‘trade mark prosecution’ and ‘trade mark contentious’. Contentious work refers to legal work related to IP, such as licensing, enforcement and litigation, while prosecution work refers to filing of patents or trade marks and associated activities.

The MIP survey, which is in its 14th year of release, involved extensive interviews conducted over five months between September 2009 and January 2010. The aim of the survey is to identify the strongest IP practices operating in each of the prosecution and contentious categories in 75 jurisdictions, including the UAE.

Members of Clyde & Co’s Middle Eastern IP team have backgrounds with top tier specialist firms from around the world, including Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and the UK. The 20-strong team also includes a number of specialists from within the Middle East, and aims to provide clients with a blend of local knowledge and experience together with international-standard quality.

The Head of Clyde & Co’s IP practice, partner Rob Deans, commented: “It’s great to see our hard work being recognised in developing a talented team focused on delivering a service that meets our clients’ needs in the region. Our priorities are and will remain simple; to provide our clients with the specialist support which they require across the Middle East, in line with the standards which they should expect from the very best international firms”

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