We are delighted to announce that Maureen Kinsler has been appointed Chairman of Marks & Clerk International and that David Ward has been appointed Managing Partner of our UK Patent and Trade Mark Attorney business, Marks & Clerk LLP. Both have been elected for three year terms and will be working with the International and UK boards, respectively, to lead the international and UK businesses over the coming years.
Based in our Edinburgh office, Maureen joined Marks & Clerk in 2002 and was made partner in 2004. She has played an active role in the management of the business, sitting on the International Board and overseeing the international marketing and business development functions. A Chartered and European Patent Attorney, Maureen specialises in physics, electronics and software, working with multi-national, SME and public sector clients (including many of Scotland’s universities). David, based in our Birmingham office, joined the firm in 1996, becoming a partner in 2002. He has sat on the UK Board for five years, with responsibility for the firm’s HR function and also chairing its Business Infrastructure Committee. Also a Chartered and European Patent Attorney, David’s specialist field is chemicals (industrial and pharmaceutical). His clients include universities and multi-national companies.
On taking up her position, Maureen commented:
“This is a very exciting time to become chairman of Marks & Clerk’s international business. We have a young partnership, a strong reputation and a wide and varied client base. I am very grateful to Keith, my predecessor, for all of his work during his eight years as chairman, helping steer the group through the global economic crisis and overseeing our continued expansion in Asia. Thanks to him and all of the staff across our business, we are in a very strong position.
“It is now my privilege to lead the business as we continue to work with existing clients – whatever their stage of growth – and develop and grow our portfolio. Our clients face an increased need for international, sound IP advice as globalisation continues and technological development accelerates. As a uniquely international firm with unrivalled strength in breadth and depth, it is our pleasure to help clients meet and exceed their commercial objectives. We are keen to continue our investment in services complimentary to our traditional patent and trade mark prosecution – particularly our litigation and consulting services.”
On taking his up, David commented:
“As a firm, we are focusing on supporting innovation across the country – coming from SMEs, universities, multi-nationals and all other kinds of organisation. I am delighted to be taking on the responsibility of UK Managing Partner as we maintain this focus. I am extremely grateful to my predecessor, Bob Naismith, for all of his work over the last seven years.
“To enable us to support our clients, we are committed to investing in our people and contributing to the wider patent and trade mark attorney professions – as evidenced by our ground-breaking Training Academy for graduates.”
Maureen and David were elected after Keith Hodkinson and Bob Naismith stepped down from their positions as International Chairman and UK Managing Partner at the end of 2015. Keith had been chairman since January 2008 during which time he also served as a director of the insurance provider Pamia Ltd and as a member of CIPA Council and ECTA Council. He oversaw implementation of the merger with Lloyd Wise, the group’s move into LLPs, expansion in Europe and Asia and diversification into wider consulting services. He will be retiring in 2016. Bob was appointed Marks & Clerk LLP’s first Managing Partner in 2009 and has since overseen restructuring of the UK business including provision of a common business platform for all UK offices. He will be also retiring in 2016.