Marks & Clerk referred to as "the greatest firm of its kind in the world” by The Times

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In 1911 the British press referred to Marks & Clerk as “the greatest firm of its kind in the world”. The firm, which was founded in Birmingham in 1887 by George Marks, a colleague of Thomas Edison and renowned engineer, was joined a year later by Dugald Clerk, inventor of the two-stroke gas engine.

Over the years the partners moved away from general engineering practice towards intellectual property and expanded to other cities and countries. Today Marks & Clerk has eight UK offices and nine international outposts, including branches in Canada, France and four Asian locations.

The co-founders would still recognise the services that their successors now provide: advice on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright law. The firm filed the highest number of patent applications in the UK between January 2014 and December 2016, according to data released by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Mike Gilbert, a partner, has represented some of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical corporations in complex patent and technical disputes including Genentech, Roche, AstraZeneca, Daiichi-Sankyo, Pfizer and AbbVie. He has been responsible for some of the most important life sciences patent cases and has a special focus on biotech and antibody matters.

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