UK law firm Michelmores has appointed Iain Connor as a Partner in its London-based Business team, where he joins from Pinsent Masons’ Intellectual Property team.
The appointment further strengthens the Business team’s intellectual property offering with Iain bringing award-winning experience from leading cases at the cutting edge of the intellectual property field.
Advising companies across a range of sectors – with a particular focus on retail and consumer; technology, FMCG, life sciences and financial services – Iain has led some of the highest profile cases in the UK and then onto the European Court of Justice. This includes taking the first cases to the European Court of Justice on database rights and unfair advantage in trademarks, and the UK’s most important advertising case in respect of Google Adwords.
Iain has supported major household name retailers and financial services companies both in the UK and internationally. Commenting on the move, he said:
“Joining Michelmores’ Business team is a fantastic opportunity to bring together an existing practice and hone it into a specialist intellectual property offering. My ambition is to further grow and develop a preeminent intellectual property practice on a national and international scale.”
Tim Richards, Managing Partner at Michelmores, said:
“Iain’s appointment delivers on a key part of our firm’s strategy to increase and develop our London offering and presence. Iain specialises in helping people and businesses protect their ideas across a range of sectors where innovation is a real priority and brings with him a wealth of knowledge from leading innovative cases at the forefront of IP litigation.”
Iain also advises on advertising matters including ASA and new product clearance issues as well as comparative advertising, marketing and sponsorship issues. He is at the forefront of advising on ESG compliance, and “greenwashing” issues and the litigation risks arising from overstated environmental claims.