Steven started in the world of IP as an examiner at the UK Patent Office in the late 1980’s before Intellectual Property Offices existed. After qualifying as a trade mark attorney in private practice he moved to Gillette where he became the trade mark manager for their Eastern Hemisphere of over 100 countries. This was at a time when Gillette owned 3 of the worlds top 10 brands with Gillette, Duracelll & Braun. Whilst there he assisted the UNECE with a program that reviewed the gaps between the model harmonised law and how it would be implemented in the 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004. After that he moved to a large London law firm to manage a team administering the European IP rights for a global confectionery brand. He then spent the next 17 years building a well known IP practice for another London law firm. On May 9th 2022 he joined Lane IP as a Senior Trade Mark Attorney. Things have changed considerably since he started under the UK Trade Marks Act of 1938. Britain joined and then left the EU. He has an unusual depth and breadth of experience, from serving injunctions in Germany to raiding counterfeit warehouses in Moscow. He has unique experience in conducting multi jurisdictional searching using official and third party databases. He is ranked on the Gold Tier of the WTR 1000 for prosecution and strategy and they state that “Steven has a big-picture understanding and an intelligent, agile and creative approach to the trademark process. No matter how complex the challenge, he can clearly identify the best strategy and achieve results. He is also excellent at helping clients to understand complex issues, giving them the confidence they need to make the right decisions.”
He also sat on the Joint Examination Board of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys alongside being a CITMA Fellow.
BA (Hons) Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
In his spare time Steven is often found in pool halls and arenas, accompanying his partner who is not only a Ladies World Pool Champion but a far better player than he will ever be! He is delighted to see his home town team of AFC Bournemouth once again rise to play in the top tier of English football.
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