Mayer Brown outdoes the agents in trademark ranks

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw and Baker & McKenzie have barged aside the trademark agents to land top five positions in 2003’s community trademark filings chart.

Mayer Brown boosted its trademark filings by 77 per cent in 2003, according to figures released by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, moving it up to third place in a table that has traditionally been dominated by patent and trademark attorneys.

Mayer Brown’s London head of intellectual property (IP) Stephen Gare said: “In London, trademark filing is a business that we weren’t in before we merged. In both the US and Germany, trademark filing and prosecution have always been part of the mainstream activities of the firm. It shows the benefit of an integrated IP practice.”

Mayer Brown, with 1,328 filings, has some way to go to top Field Fisher Waterhouse’s 2,026, and the world’s biggest patent and trademark firm Marks & Clerk with 2,267, but it is catching them fast.

The table is the source of much pride among trademark agents, who will be sad to see the law firms encroaching on their turf. Among the other law firms, White & Case recorded a 68 per cent rise in filings and Nabarro Nathanson’s practice was boosted 68 per cent. Baker & McKenzie broke into the top five by boosting trademark filings by 111 per cent.

Clifford Chance was the only law firm to buck the upward trend, with its filings falling by 42 per cent, while Simmons & Simmons re-ported a mere 3.5 per cent increase.

Community trademark filings 1 January 2003-31 December 2003
Rank Firm 1/1/03-31/12/03 classes claimed 1/1/02-31/12/02 classes claimed % change 2002-03 classes claimed 1/1/03-31/12/03 applications filed 1/1/02-31/12/02 applications filed % change 2002-03 applications filed
1 Marks & Clerk 2,267 1,565 +44.86 871 646 +34.83
2 Field Fisher Waterhouse 2,026 1,744 +16.17 468 411 +13.87
3 Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw 1,328 734 +80.93 227 128 +77.34
4 Baker & McKenzie 1,304 452 +188.5 348 165 +110.9
19 Clifford Chance 563 777 -27.54 178 309 -42.39
23 Linklaters 530 498 +6.43 215 195 +10.26
32 White & Case 425 216 +97.76 121 72 +68.06
37 Nabarro Nathanson 373 173 +115.61 99 59 +67.8
50 Simmons & Simmons 250 150 +66.67 59 57 +3.51
Total filings 156,009 112,913 +38.17 57,628 43,291 +33.12
 
Source: ITMA