Marks & Clerk
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- Founded at Year 2016
Marks & Clerk was founded in 1887 by George Croydon Marks who was joined in partnership by Dugald Clerk a year later.
Marks was a renowned engineer. As a colleague of Thomas Edison, he became a director of a number of record companies including Columbia and EMI. He was also a politician who, after a career as an elected Member of Parliament, was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Marks of Woolwich.
Clerk was the inventor of the two-stroke gas engine and spent many years developing the technology. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and a frequent expert witness in patent litigation. Clerk was made a Knight of the Realm in recognition of his services to science and technology.
With increasing professional demands, the founding partners concentrated more and more on intellectual property rather than general technical and engineering practice.
From its origins in Birmingham, Marks & Clerk rapidly expanded to other cities under the guidance of Clerk. Marks tended to focus on the development of the firm’s extensive international reputation and business contacts. As early as 1911 the British press referred to Marks & Clerk as being "recognised as the greatest firm of its kind in the world".
Our firm still enjoys a similar reputation today. The network of offices has grown over the years, with new Marks & Clerk offices opening their doors regularly:
- UK – 1887
- Canada – 1921
- Hong Kong – 1973
- Luxembourg – 1989
- Singapore – 1995
- China – 1997
- Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP (UK) – 2003
- France – 2005
- Anthony Evans & Co. (Hong Kong) – 2008
- Malaysia – 2009
- Australia – 2011
- Marks & Clerk Consulting LLP – 2012
Lloyd Wise, a firm with which Marks & Clerk merged in 2007 dates back to 1849.
Although we are proud of our past, our focus is on the future. We are always looking for new ways to build on our heritage to better serve our clients.
Our patent attorneys around the world are experts in securing the most effective patent protection for their clients, regardless of their size or industry. All of our offices provide expert drafting and prosecution services, strategic advice on patent portfolio management, and services to help clients manage and maximise their use of their patents post-grant.
Our experienced and international trade mark team advises clients, from SMEs to large multinationals, across all industries, on strategically protecting their brands and enforcing their rights.
With copyright laws varying from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, our network of patent and trade mark attorneys and lawyers provide a uniquely international approach to copyright matters. Working in all areas of copyright – software, video games, websites, promotional materials, books, films, TV programmes, music and apps.
Whether you have design processes already in place or want to explore this right in more detail, we can offer you tailored advice and work with you to plan and implement a protection strategy. Registered design rights are a form of IP protection that businesses can employ to protect branding, material products resulting from research and development and other products.
"Fly-by-night" infringers can cause considerable harm by setting up rogue websites with confusingly similar names. Websites are digital shop fronts: it is important that online identity is protected. The expansion of the domain name system means that it is possible to register keywords (“.music” and “.books”), or specific brand names (“.amazon”, ".mars"). It is also possible to register generic top level names, country codes, or a combination of both (“.org”, “.uk”, “.org.uk” respectively).
Hong Kong's wealth is founded on its highly favourable geographical position and entrepôt trading opportunities. The local population is skilled, adaptable, and adheres to ethics which foster a diligent and creative workforce. The adoption of modern western business methods and technology promises profitable returns on external trade and investment. This naturally creates a demand for protection of creativity and goodwill for a broad base of local, regional and international clients.
To meet this demand, we have the largest team in Hong Kong of specialists qualified and experienced in both intellectual property law and technology disciplines. As a sizeable firm, our attorneys have experience addressing complex patent and intellectual property issues and this allow them to offer clients the highest quality services. Our registered patent and trade mark attorneys, also known as patent agents or trade mark agents, are fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Managing Intellectual Property refers to our Hong Kong office as “a first choice among domestic and international clients”, with IAM Patent 1000speaking of “its unerring ability to draft and prosecute patents across various technical fields and geographies [which] makes it a first port of call for many local and multinational entities”.
With extensive and solid associate relationships in other key Asian centres (including Taiwan, Macau, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and South East Asia) and with our own offices in mainlaind China (Beijing) and many other countries around the world, we are able to assist in protecting inventions, trade marks and designs globally.
We are proud to have received industry awards and to have been ranked in leading positions in industry directories.