Vanessa Marsland leads the IP team at Clifford Chance, overseeing a team of nine lawyers, a trade mark attorney and two paralegals. The team works closely with other practices within the firm, but also maintains its own clients.
Non-contentious work has kept the department busy recently, with Marsland and fellow partners Daniel Sandelson and Andre Duminy advising on the IP aspects of Citigroup's disposal of EMI, acting for L'Oréal on a number of acquisitions and disposals, and also providing counsel to Global Radio as it acquired the Guardian Media Group's radio business.
contentious work has included trade mark disputes for Weight Watchers at the Patents County Court and acting for Fruit of the Loom in an opposition at OHIM.
Clifford Chance also recruited two solicitors in 2012, Will Shiel, from Gilbert + Tobin, in August, and James Plummer, from Slaughter and May, in March.