UK Trademark Rankings 2024

Cleveland Scott York

Firm overview:

Cleveland Scott York is a specialist IP firm that provides the full spectrum of trademark prosecution services, offering advice on clearance, protection and enforcement matters. The cost-conscious attorney firm represents clients before the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices, both to raise challenges against similar trademarks or for brands on the receiving end of an opposition. For international clients, Cleveland Scott York collaborates with its network of chosen foreign counsel on global portfolio management. The firm also offers domain name services, defending clients from cybersquatters.

Team overview:

Cleveland Scott York’s practice dates back to 1927. Now, the nearly century-old firm has locations in London, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley and Munich. Referring lawyers are “very impressed with Lorna Hobbs”, who is a partner and trademark attorney with almost three decades of experience in the field. She advises on trademark prosecution, contentious matters and portfolio management.

Key matters:

  • Cleveland Scott York represented pharmaceutical company Galderma in an opposition against Han Biomedica (Han) and its registered mark ‘Hanbio Barrigel’ in the UK. The client relied on its earlier trademark ‘Barrigel’ registered in 2013 in classes five and ten, relating to medical gels that provide protection from radiation during prostate cancer treatment.
  • The client’s first opposition succeeded in respect of the goods ‘collagen for medical purposes’. A high level of visual similarity was found between the marks for the goods in questions, which was likely to cause confusion among consumers. Han was ordered to pay costs to Cleveland Scott York’s client.