Pitmans forced to rebuild IP department

THAMES Valley firm Pitmans is having to rebuild its intellectual property department for the second time this year after losing its head of department after just two months.

Former Pitmans partner John Linneker has returned to Taylor Joynson Garrett where he will take over from Isabel Davies who is now heading the IP department at Jaques & Lewis.

Linneker's departure so soon after joining is a blow to the Reading firm which has been trying to strengthen the section after the defection of two of its IP partners, Marcus O'Leary and Andrew Fishleigh, to Garrett & Co earlier this year.

But managing partner Christopher Avery says he is committed to rebuilding the team and is taking on Jeremy Newton as an assistant from Slaughter and May. The appointment of a new head of department is expected soon.

Linneker's departure from TJG was due in part to frustrated partnership prospects.

“The firm had reassured me that my future was with them, but I was champing at the bit,” he says.

He was lured when Davies' departure created an opening in the trademarks section.

“Linneker's departure is obviously disappointing but it was a direct result of Davies leaving TJG,” says Avery.