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Bronze - Firms: prosecution
York-headquartered patent prosecution shop Secerna consistently punches above its weight, drafting airtight patents and providing fierce representation before the EPO. In addition, it is well known for its top-quality litigation support and due diligence work. In 2021 it opened its Dublin office, making it easier for the outfit to roll out this stellar package to the European market. The dynamic duo at the forefront are Jason Boakes and Charlotte Watkins, who co-founded the practice just over a decade ago. Boakes has stacked up 25 years of experience and is especially looked to for his help with contentious matters. “Jason is extremely detailed in his approach and provides excellent advice and guidance on patenting matters, explaining IP terms and positions in a very clear and precise way. He is keen to understand the business of his clients and works hard to understand how he can add value to in-house counsel. He is very sensitive to cost pressures that his clients are under and tries to work efficiently to maximise value for his clients.” Life sciences-focused Watkins receives equally effusive praise: “Charlotte is very knowledgeable in this field and works with a high level of diligence. She has a fantastic ability to understand complex science, but also understands business needs in detail and provides useful guidance that is aligned with commercial goals.”