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clients of both firms with unrivalled collective capacity, experience and expertise.”

Jonathan Schlosberg, president of Bowman Gilfillan, said that the firm’s decision to let its IP practice merge with Adams & Adams is for the good of its clients, partners and staff.

“When Adams & Adams approached last year we concluded that, in the context of our own strategic investment priorities for the future, the merger makes sense for our clients, our partners and our staff as it affords them the opportunity to be part of a leading firm in this specialised area and we believe this will add significant value to all stakeholders.”

Adams & Adams also announced that it is opening two new offices in Burundi and Tanzania, bringing the number of the firm’s offices in Africa to four.

Tese openings follow an agreement that the IP practice of law firm Mkono & Co will now operate as the Tanzanian and Burundi IP offices of Adams & Adams.

“Te agreement formalises the long-standing relationship between our firms, and also means that Adams & Adams will use Mkono & Co on an exclusive basis for the provision of IP legal services in Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Burundi,” says Dario Tanziani, chairman of Adams & Adams.

Spoor & Fisher appoints Gcaba as chair and opens new office in Cameroon

South African IP firm Spoor & Fisher has made Nolwazi Gcaba chairperson, replacing Charles Webster, who had fulfilled the role since 2008.

Nolwazi Gcaba

Gcaba, who specialises in trademarks, trade practices and

related litigation, is the first woman to chair Spoor & Fisher, and the first black woman to be elected chair of any large law firm in South Africa.

“Gender and affirmative action are both transformation issues which have been embraced by Spoor & Fisher,” said Gcaba.

“My appointment is a reflection of how forward- thinking the firm is, despite the legal profession being male-dominated.”

She added: “Te area of IP in which Spoor & Fisher specialises has historically been dominated by a very few white firms. It is therefore important for us to work hard at eliminating prejudice and creating a culture of inclusive diversity, with particular focus on bringing women and the historically disadvantaged into the firm.”

Hard on the heels of that announcement, the firm announced the opening of a Cameroon office to

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service the 16 member countries of the African Organisation of Intellectual Property (OAPI). Te office is headed by Professor Ephraim Ngwafor, who said: “I am proud to become part of the Spoor & Fisher network and to have the opportunity to develop my practice with such a broad international blue-chip client base. Te combination of our intellectual capital, local market knowledge and established relationships with the registries in the OAPI countries, gives Spoor & Fisher a clear competitive advantage in the region.”

Walker Morris bags former ITMA president Harris

UK law firm Walker Morris has hired Philip Harris, a former president of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, as a consultant.

Philip Harris

Harris, who was previously head of trademarks at London firm Gill Jennings and Every

LLP, is also an accredited mediator at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Patrick Cantrill, partner and head of IP at Walker Morris, said: “We are delighted that Philip is joining Walker Morris. He is a widely respected figure both nationally and internationally in the IP field and brings to us over 25 years of experience. Philip is not only a solicitor but also a highly experienced trademark attorney and a trademark and design litigator. He will not only greatly assist our trademark and design management services but will also play a key role in our IP litigation practice.”

Arochi, Marroquín & Lindner launches office in Spain

Mexican firm Arochi, Marroquín & Lindner has opened an office in Barcelona.

Te office will provide the firm’s European clients that it has been representing in Mexico and Latin America with a local gateway.

Te office will also assist with the protection and enforcement of IP of Mexican companies.

Partner Paola Tessarolo will lead the Barcelona office. Formerly with Baker & McKenzie, she is a licensed attorney in Spain and Argentina.

Tessarolo is experienced in managing IP portfolios for local and international companies, including investigations, oppositions and appeals before the Spanish Trademark and Patent Office; the Office for Harmonization for the Internal Market, the World Intellectual Property Organization and advising on infringements and domain name litigation.

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Roberto Arochi, a founding partner of the firm, said: “Te opening of our Barcelona office is a natural expression of our client relationships. Although technology allows us to maintain timely communications, a European office reflects Arochi, Marroquín & Lindner’s full commitment to knowledge of the region, excellent service and personal attention.”

Fulbright & Jaworski makes IP litigator a partner

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP has promoted Miriam Quinn to partner, the firm announced in January.

Quinn, a litigator, is based in Dallas, Texas. She regularly handles patent infringement

lawsuits in Texas and throughout the US. She also advises technology companies on enforcement and defence matters related to patents and trademarks.

Quinn’s elevation to partner is one of a string of promotions within the firm. B. Pfeiffer, chair of Fulbright & Jaworski’s executive committee, said: “Each [new partner] appreciates the firm’s commitment to our clients and strives to offer exceptional service. Tese new partners represent the future of Fulbright.”

Kaye Scholer lands IP litigator

Kaye Scholer LLP has appointed IP litigator and counsellor Grace Pan as a partner in its New York office, the firm announced in January.

Formerly a partner in the New York and Tokyo offices of

boutique IP firm Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, Pan is admitted to practise before the US Patent and Trademark Office. She is also a registered Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi, which allows her to practise law in Japan.

Pan’s IP practice has ranged from polymer chemistry to medical devices to semiconductors. She is fluent in English, Japanese, Mandarin and Taiwanese.

“Pan combines a unique combination of IP litigation experience with a long track record defending foreign patents, especially in Japan and Taiwan,” said Kaye Scholer co-managing partner Michael Solow. “Bridging our top-ranked IP and our strong Asia-Pacific practices, Pan is a key addition for us here and in Asia when it comes to advancing the firm’s long-term goals.”

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