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Fax: 020 7739 4309

Email: njp@silvermansherliker.co.uk

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Nigel Parnell Senior Trade Mark Attorney Profile Nigel Parnell
Director of Trade Marks
Email: njp@silvermansherliker.co.uk

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 industries.

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 [2009] 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 by OHIM.

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.