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John Wallace

Head of Trade Mark
and Domain Names

John Wallace Partner

John is Head of the firm’s highly regarded and growing Trade Mark and Domain Names Group. He is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney.

John is an acknowledged prosecution expert. He has substantial expertise in relation to Trade Mark portfolio reviews, rebranding programmes and advice on global protection and enforcement strategies. He specialises in providing global strategy advice. John acts for many household names, from major UK retailers to food manufacturers.

John also has particular experience in Trade Marks Registry hearings and regularly takes hearings in the prosecution stages of proceedings for clients of the firm. He has an extensive background of contentious proceedings before the UKIPO, the EUIPO and before Registries internationally and is a particular specialist in Community Trade Mark procedure and opposition proceedings. Recently he has provided litigation support to clients in appeals to the Higher Courts of the EU, including the ECJ.

John frequently acts in counterfeit cases with trading standards and also supports clients in cases involving HM Revenue and Customs.

John acts on a pro bono basis for the charity that provides emotional support, filing UK and Madrid applications on its behalf. He also drafted an agreement between the charity and a subsidiary charity.

Memberships

INTA

CITMA

Qualifications

Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

European Trade Mark Attorney

BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Southampton

Sectors

Financial services

Food and drink

Major UK retailers

Technology

Practice areas

Brand selection and clearance

Enforcement and advisory work

International trade mark strategy

Litigation support

Portfolio management

Trade Mark hearings

Salisbury Square House
8 Salisbury Square
London
EC4Y 8AP
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Testimonials

John Wallace has “extensive knowledge of UK, EU and international trademark procedure” WTR 1000, 2020

An abundant source of insight on registry hearings and a rare trademark attorney with anti-counterfeiting expertise, he is a versatile operator who can be counted on in contentious circumstances. WTR 1000 Leading Trademark Professionals, 2018

Lead Partner, UK Best IP Firms, Leaders League Magazine, 2018

Recommended in WTR 1000 Leading Trademark Professionals, 2017

Recognised as a leading practitioner in Euromoney's Expert Guide, Trade Marks, 2016

Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2016

‘Managing partner and head of trademark and domains John Wallace is someone you can turn to when you need to draw a line in the sand.’ WTR 1000, 2016 (Silver, Individuals: prosecution and strategy)

Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2015

‘Leading the group is John Wallace, who consistently delivers “clear and informative analysis.”' WTR 1000, 2015 (Silver, Individuals: prosecution and strategy)

Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2014

Legal 500, 2014 (Recommended, Trade Mark Attorneys)

"Leading the charge is trademark head John Wallace, a foremost authority on prosecution.” WTR 1000, 2014

‘Emma Pitcher, Tony Pluckrose and John Wallace are singled out as “excellent practitioners to recommend.”’ WTR 1000, 2013

John Wallace is “very knowledgeable, explains things clearly, and is always prepared to go the extra mile.”’ Legal 500, 2011 (Recommended, Trade Mark Attorneys)

Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars handbook, 2018/19

Recognised as a leading practitioner in Euromoney's Expert Guide, Trade Marks, 2018

Recognised in Who’s Who Legal; Trademarks, 2019


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