London
11 January 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Osborne Clarke snags team from Rouse


Osborne Clarke has boosted its intellectual property and trademark portfolio management practices with the addition of four new attorneys from Rouse Legal.

Arty Rajendra is an experienced IP litigator, with specific focus on trademark, patent and design litigation. She will join the firm as lead partner in the IP team.

Before joining Osborne Clarke, Rajendra worked at Rouse as partner.

Mark Foreman, who also joins from Rouse, is experienced in trademark prosecution and global brand management and has worked for several multinational household brand owners.

Leona Briggs, partner and head of Osborne Clarke’s litigation practice group, said: “We are very excited to have two such highly regarded practitioners as Arty Rajendra and Mark Foreman join the group.”

“They will add strength and depth to our IP team, and underline the investment we are making in our IP practice within the group.”

Richard May and Leanne Gulliver, who are both qualified trademark attorneys, join Rajendra and Foreman.

The team will be based in the firm’s London office.

Briggs added: “Arty, Mark and the rest of the team will fit very well into the culture of the firm and share the same ambition to grow our IP business both in the UK and internationally.”

“We very much look forward to having them at the firm and to the contribution they will make to our growing the business and to deepening our client relationships.”

Jeremy Newman, UK country manager at Rouse, commented: “It has been a pleasure working alongside Mark and Arty over the years. The contribution they have made to the firm’s ongoing growth and success has been enormous and they leave Rouse with our sincerest thanks and very best wishes for the future.”

Newman said that their departure signals Rouse’s move away providing UK civil litigation and trademark agency services from the UK.

He explained: “As an international and specialist IP firm with a focus on complex and emerging markets, we have decided to move away from providing UK civil litigation and trademark agency services from the UK.”

“We will instead intensify our focus in the UK on strategic international IP advisory services to our global client base of multinational corporate clients and private practice associates. This decision does not in any way affect Rouse's owned or associated legal practices outside the UK.”

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