Clyde & Co is expanding its trade mark and patent filing capabilities in the Middle East, with the addition of a new direct filing office in Bahrain. Opened on 9 August 2015, this new office enables Clyde & Co to provide cost effective and high quality support on intellectual property matters in Bahrain, a key country in the region.
Clyde & Co already provides comprehensive legal support in relation to intellectual property issues in 23 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. This offering is provided through a central ‘hub’ in Dubai, UAE, together with a long-standing network of Clyde & Co offices and corresponding agents throughout the region.
Through its affiliated entity, Clyde IP Services, Clyde & Co has opened an office in the capital of Bahrain, Manama, just minutes from the Bahrain Trade Mark and Patent Offices. This provides Clyde & Co’s clients with access to an efficient and cost effective direct filing capability in Bahrain.
This new office enables Clyde & Co to maintain direct control over all work undertaken in Bahrain, so as to maintain the high quality standards which are a hallmark of the Clyde & Co offering in the Middle East.
Rob Deans, partner and Head of IP within Clyde & Co said: “Our planned expansion throughout the Middle East helps to demonstrate the steps the broader Clyde & Co business has been taking to build on its intellectual property offerings in other offices. This has seen us recently introduce the first dedicated IP litigator to the business in the UK, with the appointment of David Wilkinson as partner, as well as the introduction of an IP practice in Clyde & Co’s associated firm in India – Clasis Law. The aim is for Clyde & Co to be seen as the preeminent IP firm around the world, as it already is for insurance, shipping and aviation matters.”
Clyde & Co’s intellectual property practice has, over the past 25 years, had an impressive track record in the Middle East. Its central office in Dubai has been consistently identified by independent researchers as the leading practice in the UAE, and has variously been described as having ‘good local knowledge’, ‘excellent response times’ (Legal 500, 2015) and ‘commercial understanding’ (Chambers Global, 2015). By adding a direct capability through Clyde IP Services in Bahrain, Clyde & Co is looking to provide its clients with the same level of service throughout the region.
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