Linklaters German trademark team jumps ship

Linklaters German IP partner Kay-Uwe Jonas is set to leave the magic circle firm early next year, taking the entire Cologne trademark team with him.

Jonas’ announcement of his departure closely follows that of the magic circle firm’s London-based head of trademark filing and prosecution practice, Roland Mallinson. Mallinson is set to join Taylor Wessing at the end of the year.

Linklaters has seen a spate of losses in recent weeks following a strategic review of its IP practice. The firm is now looking to realign away from trademark filing and portfolio management, in favour of complex cross-boarder matters.

Jonas is taking four Cologne associates and 20 non-legal staff from the Cologne office to head a new boutique firm, set to launch in January. Linklaters’ associate Martin Viefhues will join Jonas as founding partner.

Jonas told The Lawyer: “I wanted to be involved more with trademark work, as that is my particular area of expertise and it is more challenging and interesting. The alternative would have been to stay with Linklaters and to focus mainly on transactional work.”

“The solution we have found is a positive thing for the clients because the team will still exist elsewhere, so clients can rely on expertise and service,” he said.