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  • Clarion grows intellectual property legal team

    Intellectual property (IP) specialist Karen Brookes has joined Clarion in Leeds as an associate solicitor in its growing IP team.

    Karen, who trained with Pinsent Masons and has over three years’ experience in intellectual property, joins Clarion from a role as in-house solicitor at RH Smith & Sons (Wigmakers) Limited (t/a Smiffys), a global supplier of fancy dress costumes and accessories.  She joins the seven-strong Clarion team which acts for hundreds of businesses in Yorkshire, across the UK   and from overseas.  The specialist team undertakes a wide range of work including international trade mark filing and patent protection advice, UK and international IP litigation and preparing IP assignments, licences and collaboration agreements.  The team is believed to be the largest IP team in a full service law firm in Yorkshire.

    Clarion partner Esther Kirwan, head of the firm’s IP team, said: “Karen comes to us with a highly commercial and technical background and very relevant experience of protecting the intellectual property of a trading business in the real world, and she is a great addition to our growing IP team.

    “We have a wide range of commercial IP clients, all facing different situations and threats to some of their most valued intangible assets, and our ability to increase and broaden our offering in the area of this protection for our clients is a key aspect of Clarion’s growth plans.”

    Karen added: “I wanted to take the experience I gained in-house, combined with my academic science background, and grow within a firm that is building its reputation in IP and general commercial legal services.  Clarion offers a great deal of opportunity and is already highly regarded in the region and nationally, and I look forward to helping grow the IP specialism.”

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