Listed company IPH Limited has promoted 35 professionals across its services group to more senior positions.
Asia Pacific-based intellectual property services group IPH (ASX: IPH) has elevated 35 professionals, including 11 to principal, three to special counsel, seven to senior associate, 13 to associate and one to patent attorney.
The news follows IPH’s acquisition of Applied Marks, an automated trademark platform, as reported by Lawyers Weekly.
The promotions round is the biggest in the history of IPH, which employs over 900 staff across six member firms, serving more than 25 countries.
Speaking about the promotions, IPH chief executive and managing director Dr Andrew Blattman said: “The growth of our people reflects the continued growth of our network. I am delighted to see so many attorneys who have been with our member firms for many years, continue to rise, even in the face of a global pandemic.
“The breadth and depth of promotions across the member firms highlight the collective strength of talent across the group and I am thrilled to see so many talented people further their career in the intellectual property sector.”
The 11 new principals, and their respective firms under the services group, are Helen Bellchambers and Grace Thomas-Edmond (AJ Park), Dr Malcolm Lyons, Georgina Higinbotham, Dr Jing Fung Tan, Dr Malcolm Peh and Dr Toby Thompson (Griffith Hack), Ean Blackwell (Shelston IP) and Ken Bolton, Dr Adelia Lin and May Chan (Spruson & Ferguson).
Chris Ross (AJ Park), Jacqueline Chelebian and Cedric Yip (Spruson & Ferguson) were promoted to special counsel.
The new senior associates are Zoe Dewhurst, Dr Katherine Hebditch and Gillian Nelson (AJ Park), Stephanie Tham (Griffith Hack), Kathy Mytton (Shelston IP), Kua Han Chun and Kristen Fu (Spruson & Ferguson).
The new associates are Eloise Toner, Sam Ting, Dr Briar Dominick and Hossein Mehrabi (AJ Park), Dr Sophie Rankenburg and Bridget Renehan (Griffith Hack), Dr Kate Baumann, Dr Marie Kidd, Tatiana Dudina, Chi Pu, Eric Shaw, Vivian Tran and Chelsea Peters (Spruson & Ferguson).
Finally, Dr Shan Sun (Shelston IP) was elevated to patent attorney.
The promotions of Dr Lyons and Ms Higinbotham took effect on 1 January 2021, while all other promotions were effective as of 1 July.
In late June, IPH chairman Richard Grellman announced that he will retire in November.
The news follows HopgoodGanim’s promotion round, Norton Rose Fulbright elevating 27, MinterEllison promoting 82 to more senior roles, Herbert Smith Freehills promoting 55, Maddocks promoting 47, Wotton + Kearney elevating 34 lawyers as part of their biggest senior promotions round in history, national firm Holding Redlich elevating 45 lawyers across the country, global firms KWM and Allens promoting 63 staff and 24 staff respectively, McCullough Robertson elevating 16 to new positions, Moray & Agnew promoting 25 to new roles, Hall & Wilcox promoting 36 to senior roles, Dentons promoting 14 to new positions, and King & Wood Mallesons adding 10 to the partnership ranks.