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Clients rave about the expertise and service which Marks & Clerk’s Scottish branch delivers in spades. “I would highly recommend the team at Marks & Clerk. We have relied on them for over 30 years, over which the firm has reviewed and adapted their service to align with our changing needs. They are always available to address our queries and we consider them part of our team. There's no substitute for this depth of and trust in the relationship.” Among their numerous patent professionals can be counted the Edinburgh-based Paul Chapman, who brings over 25 years’ experience to his practice. “Paul knows what academics and research companies require in terms of IP. He always ensures provision of a team that is fully resourced to meet those requirements.” Joining Chapman in the capital are Timothy Edward Hargreaves, who manages the Edinburgh office, and Pamela Bryer. Hargreaves is master of a range of technologies, but he takes the lead on the group’s medical device practice. Bryer is praised by patrons: “I am very happy to recommend Pam. She is obviously skilled in the technical background and always provides helpful advice and responds to all questions. She particularly stands out with her clear advice and proactive suggestions.” On the oil and gas front, patrons point to Andrew Docherty, who heads up the Aberdeen office. “Andy and the M&C team are easy to work with and very knowledgeable around technologies, particularly relating to the oil and gas industry. Andy is very skilled at his work and articulating technical points clearly for clients.” In Glasgow, Richard Gibbs takes charge. A biotechnology specialist, Gibbs has advanced degrees in immunology and microbiology, and maintains close relationships with all the region’s leading universities. Alongside Gibbs in Glasgow are Graham McGlashan and David Murray, both of whom pick up outstanding recommendations from the market. “Graham is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is an IP technical expert and has great practical insights and experience. He knows easily how to navigate a large patent portfolio through the multitude of matters and decisions that need management. Graham is also a great presenter and explains the complex area of IP in a way that is readily understandable by his audience. Graham has a practical orientation and always proactively manages the client relationship, consistently making a valuable contribution alongside his colleagues.” “We often turn to David for his expertise in software. The quality of the work he provides is very good – not just in applying for a patent, but he consistently delivers amazing strategy. We work side by side with David and Marks & Clerk to brainstorm new angles and approaches to commercialising our IP. He has lots of expertise, keeps us informed of the developments and he is transparent about fees. We have had a good relationship with David and Marks & Clerk for a number of years and we expect it to continue into the future. We have a strong bond, and we trust David, his team and their guidance.”