Nigel is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney, European Trade Mark Attorney and
Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys with over 25 years’ experience
in representing clients in trade mark and other intellectual property matters.
Nigel joined the trade mark profession in 1987 with a well-known firm of patent
and trade mark attorneys in London, where he obtained his UK trade mark qualifications
by passing the examinations of The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) in
November 1993. Since this time Nigel has been a partner in two leading firms of
patent and trade mark attorneys in London and Bristol and has advised a wide range
of clients from large multinationals to sole traders in the UK, USA, Japan, Switzerland
and The Netherlands in fields as diverse as the motor, telecommunications, electronics,
computer hardware and software, sports goods, fashion, food and consumer goods
Nigel’s expertise, in addition to day-to-day trade mark practice in assisting
clients with trade mark selection and prosecution, includes:
• Global portfolio management advice;
• Trade mark aspects of mergers and acquisitions;
• Due-diligence and clearance searches; and
• Client representation at the Community Trade Marks Office (OHIM) and UK
Intellectual Property Office in opposition, invalidity and revocation proceedings.
Nigel filed and registered the first 3-dimensional trade mark in the UK (the shape
of the Toblerone chocolate bar) in 1994. Recent successes in appeals on oppositions
to the Appointed Person include PetMed Express, Inc. v. Petmeds Limited
(BL O/471/11) and Starfire Publishing Limited v. Ordo Templi Orientis
 RPC 14, the latter a complex case in which refusal of registration of a
trade mark on various absolute grounds were overturned. In case R 2197/2011-2
of 11 May 2012 before the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM Nigel obtained acceptance
of the slogan WE RESTORE, YOU RECOVER, one of the few slogans to have been accepted
Nigel served as an examiner for The Joint Examination Board of CIPA (The Chartered
Institute of Patent Attorneys) and ITMA from 1997 until 2013 with responsibility
for setting and marking one of the advanced level examination papers for qualification
as a Registered Trade Mark Attorney in the UK. He also served as a council member
and director of ITMA from 1999 until 2004 and was a member of its Education &
Training and Continuing Professional Development Committees.
Nigel has a BSc in Geography & Mathematics from Queen Mary, University of
London and a Postgraduate Diploma (obtained with Distinction) in Town & Country
Planning from University of The West of England. He is a member of the European
Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), a Fellow of The Royal Society for the
encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and an Affiliate Member
of The Royal Town Planning Institute.
One thing you may be interested in knowing about Nigel is that he is
an avid researcher of family history.