DLA Piper has bolstered its Intellectual Property and Technology practice in London with the appointment of two new partners, Patricia Collis and Rebecca Lawrence.
Collis will join from Bird and Bird on 13 December, while Lawrence will join on 10 January after a short career break from Powell Gilbert. Before joining DLA Piper, she ran a company she founded to licence and commercialise a design archive.
Collis was a senior lawyer within Bird and Bird’s market leading IP practice focused on brand management, where she has been heavily involved in the growth of the brand management and product design teams in the UK and internationally.
She represents high-profile, international clients across a range of sectors including aviation, retail / luxury consumer goods, sport and telecommunications, covering all aspects of brand protection (trademarks and designs) and portfolio management, including registry / administrative dispute proceedings.
Meanwhile, Lawrence’s practice focuses on Life Sciences patent litigation and she has been involved in many cases in the sector through the High Court, Court of Appeal, the House of Lords and the CJEU.
In addition to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices patents, she has litigated patents in the fields of engineering, telecoms, electronics and greentech.
Commenting on the appointments, Paul Allen, global co-chair of DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice, said: “Patricia and Rebecca will be great additions to the team.
“Patricia’s focus on brand management will enable us to better support our clients with the management of their global trade mark portfolios whilst Rebecca’s experience will build on the growing range of services that we are able to provide our Life Sciences clients across the firm. We look forward to them joining soon.”