See below for a round-up of the latest VS news as featured in our Autumn/Winter 2021 Inside IP!

We welcomed Pawel Piotrowicz as Managing Partner

As of 1 July 2021, Pawel Piotrowicz was elected as Venner Shipley’s new Managing Partner, taking over from Jan Walaski who served in the role since 2015. During Jan’s time as Managing Partner, the firm has continued to grow, not just in size, but in the range of services offered, and in its ambitions, adding a legal team and enhancing its German offering, as well as expanding the trade marks team through a merger with Brookes IP. We thank Jan for everything he has done for the firm as Managing Partner and congratulate Pawel on his new role.

Pawel Piotrowicz commented: “It’s a privilege to take over from Jan as Managing Partner and continue to take the firm from strength to strength. Our business strategy has been paying dividends despite the global pandemic, which brought an entirely new set of challenges. Although the pandemic is not yet behind us, our focus has always been on helping our clients thrive, even in times of change, through excellent service, innovative approaches, and drive to deliver the best results; this focus puts us in a strong position. Venner Shipley is a great firm full of fantastic people, and I’m honoured and grateful that the partnership has placed its trust in me.”

Client satisfaction

Earlier in the year, we conducted a client listening survey. With the changing landscape many faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were keen to understand our changing clients’ needs and ways we can improve our service. We were overwhelmed with the positive responses, with many seeing us as particularly friendly and helpful, and with 94% of our direct clients and foreign agents saying that they would recommend us to their peers.

Thank you to all respondents who were generous with their time providing detailed written feedback. The results showed that the majority of our clients and agents consider the most important areas for service delivery to be technical expertise, efficiency, clear correspondence and proactive insights.

Whilst these were also areas that our clients generally attributed to us, we are taking the opportunity to improve in areas of particular importance to our clients. For example, we are looking at providing more tailored content to our audience with more sector focussed content. We are also looking at our internal policies including our billing processes and have created an open dialogue to provide further feedback on our processes as we move forward.

We were incredibly happy to see that 96% consider our overall service as good, with 63% of those rating our overall service as outstanding. And, 86% consider our technical/legal expertise as good, with 69% of those rating our technical / legal expertise as outstanding. Our friendly and helpful staff, speed, efficiency, responsiveness, quality of work, technical ability/advice and experience were highlighted as key strengths and are attributes that we look to uphold when dealing with all of our clients.
We wanted to thank everyone who participated, our clients’ and agents’ feedback is important to us and will continue to help use adapt the way we work to better suit their needs. If you didn’t have chance to complete our survey, we still welcome any feedback.

  • 96% of our responses considered our overall service to be good, with 63% of responses rated our overall service as outstanding.
  • 96% of our clients rated our technical/legal expertise as good and 69% of those, thought our technical / legal expertise is outstanding!

Directory results

For the third year in a row, we are delighted to announce that we have maintained our Tier 1 ranking for patents in the 2022 edition of the Legal 500. We are also pleased to report that once again we achieved recognition for our trade mark attorney team, and for our legal team for patents (contentious and non-contentious), and trade marks, copyright & designs. You can read the full results here.

We are also delighted to once again be ranked in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners for Litigation and Prosecution in the UK, as well as being recognised for our success at the European patent office. IAM recognises us as “a persuasive one-stop shop for innovators of all sizes from all corners of the globe.” You can read the full results here.

Finally, Chambers UK has also once again ranked Venner Shipley in its 2022 edition. The researcher complements our “roster of experienced patent attorneys with expertise in all manner of disciplines within hi-tech and life sciences’’ as well as our “respected design and trade mark practice’’ and our strengths in opposition and freedom-to-operate. Click here for more information.

Welcoming our new attorneys

With the growing requirements of our clients, we continue to increase our international presence and build upon our expertise.
We are delighted to welcome biotech expert Emma Longland and AI expert Louis Trichard to the team as Senior Associates, and Louis Joliffe, Philip Reid and Emily Hofmann as Associates.

Exam results

We are delighted to report an outstanding year of results in the European patent attorney qualifying examinations. 15 of our associates were successful in passing exams at pre-EQE and full-EQE levels.

Congratulation to the seven associates Henry Aldridge, Nick Barrow, Sud Brodie, Steven Davis, Emma Lonnen, Runhan Luo and James Plunkett becoming EP qualified.

We also congratulate four of our associates, Henry Aldridge, Nick Barrow, Sud Brodie and Steven Davis for fully qualifying as UK patent attorneys.

Promotions

We are delighted to announce a number of internal promotions from 1 July 2021, including the promotion of Matthew Handley to Partner and the promotion of Ben Beasley, Chris Newcombe, Jack Rogan, Kathryn Rose, Alexandra Seymour-Pierce and James Varley to Senior Associate. We have also created a new Director level role for our fee earners, seeing James McDougall promoted to Patent Director and Gloria Parmesan, Camilla Sexton and Yoann Rousseau to Trade Mark Directors.

We also celebrated a number of promotions within our business services support team. Congratulations to all!

Celebrating Brookes IP’s first anniversary as part of Venner Shipley

Since Brookes IP merged with Venner Shipley last November our firm has gone from strength to strength, we are delighted to be celebrating their first anniversary as part of Venner Shipley. Find out more about the merger here.