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Eversheds' Birmingham office has created a new department head after poaching intellectual property expert Philip Atkinson from Manchester firmCobbetts.Atkinson joins Eversheds' Birmingham office as head of IP this week in arole created especially for him. He spent the last year as a partner inCobbetts' IP and media department.Prior to joining 33-partner firm Cobbetts last year, Atkinson worked atManchester firm Lawson Coppock & Hart for 10 years.His joining boosts the partner count in Eversheds' 73-lawyer IP departmentto 21. He has no plans to bring other lawyers with him to his new firm.Atkinson's role has seen him providing guidance on TV series and featurefilm documentation and advising insolvency practitioners on IP matters.Commenting on his departing partner, Cobbetts' managing partner MichaelShaw says: "I have stolen quite a nice paperweight from his office which heleft behind."We very much enjoyed having him here for 18 months or so, we like himenormously."He is well regarded and I have no doubt that the opportunities he has gotwith Eversheds are very exciting for him and we wish him all the best."He adds that there are no plans to replace Atkinson since, having broughtin around 30 lawyers from Manchester firm Slater Heelis last year, he saysthe firm now has a wealth of expertise in that area.Atkinson says: "Eversheds is a large firm which services a European marketwhich is of great interest to me."I am keen to put the emphasis on IP as a hidden value of a business; itshould be seen as a company asset to be managed, protected and exploited."I look forward to advising Eversheds' clients on how to make their IPwork harder for their business."Eversheds senior partner in Birmingham Adrian Bland comments: "IP is now acrucial asset for most businesses. Philip's arrival here will mean that weare even better placed to help our clients in this important area."
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