Nicola Benz

Nicola Benz is our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Switzerland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nicola directly using the contact details listed above.

Nicola’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. She assists technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. Nicola is also the managing partner of our firm.

Nicola’s expertise, gathered both as an external counsel and through in-house secondments, covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection.

Nicola is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property. Chambers Europe ranked her as leader in the fields of Intellectual Property and Life Science, and she was recommended in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Intellectual Property as well as TMT matters. She has also been named as a leading trademark lawyer in the publication “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals”.

Born in Scotland, Nicola obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997. She joined our firm as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2010. Her working languages are English and German.

Nicola Benz is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Technology Law Association (iTechLaw).

Julie Celum

Julie Celum is our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Texas on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Leonardo directly using the contact details above.

Julie is a licensed patent attorney and an experienced litigator located in Dallas, Texas. A native of Texas, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. She was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Julie also attended the University of New Hampshire – Franklin Pierce Law Center for Intellectual Property in Concord, New Hampshire, ranked among the nation’s top intellectual property schools each year.

Julie was initially admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent prior to graduating from law school. Following graduation from law school in 2001, Julie became a licensed patent attorney and an attorney licensed by the State Bar of Texas.

Julie has been recognised on the list of Texas Rising Stars®, published by Law & Politics Magazine, in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. A member of the Texas Bar Association and the Dallas Bar Association, Julie also provides pro bono services as a participant with the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.

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If you have an intellectual property, business dispute, litigation matter, or any issues relating to infringement of a patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, or trade dress, you may be entitled to compensation and reimbursement for your attorneys’ fees.

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Mark Platts-Mills QC

Mark Platts-Mills is our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mark directly using the contact details above.

After reading engineering and economics at Balliol College, Oxford, Mark joined the pre-eminent patent and intellectual property set at the time, the Chambers of Mr. Thomas Blanco White at Francis Taylor Building. He has since specialised in all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, passing off, registered designs, copyright, design right, technical trade secrets and commercial matters with a technical content. Mark was characterised as a “real fighter” in Chambers Directory 2010 and indeed, Ultraframe v Eurocell is prominent among his recent highlights as one of very few fully fought out inquiries as to damages in a patent action. He has also recently represented the applicant for revocation of a UK patent which, if upheld, would have covered the ubiquitous USB memory stick (Trek v MSystems). In other highlights, Mark appeared for the defendant in the leading database right case (British Horse Racing Board v William Hill), and for the claimant in a successful trade mark infringement trial concerning tree shaped air fresheners (Julius Samann v Tetrosyl). In addition, he successfully represented the defendant in a design rights case relating to helmets for the rescue services (Helmet Integrated Systems v Mitchell Tunnard). He is currently representing the claimants in the trade secrets case Vestergaard Frandsen v Bestnet.

Clients can expect to benefit from Mark’s long experience encompassing an extremely diverse range of cases, which has given him a lasting appetite for the most challenging of disputes.

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8 New Square is the largest specialist intellectual property chambers in the United Kingdom. Chambers has 28 IP barristers, including 12 QCs. We also have two former Judges as door tenants. From our most senior silks to our most junior members, we can offer university-level science qualifications or industrial experience over a wide variety of disciplines.

8 New Square’s depth of knowledge and breadth of experience in intellectual property law, media and entertainment and IT law is second to none. We value our friendly and approachable style and we are totally committed to achieving the best for our clients. We have experience in dealing with IP issues for large commercial organisations, small to medium-size businesses, government departments and universities as well as individual inventors, artists and musicians.