Marks & Clerk, intellectual property service provider and the UK’s largest firm of patent and trademark attorneys, have appointed Dr Maureen Kinsler as international chairman.
Kinsler, who is based in the firm’s Edinburgh office, joined the company in 2002 before being made partner two years later. She has been elected for a three-year term and will be working with global boards to lead the business.
Kinsler wants to place a greater focus on SMEs in her new role, with the aim of driving fresh innovation across the country and globally.
Speaking on her new role, Kinsler said, “This is a very exciting time to become chairman of Marks & Clerk’s international business. We have a young partnership, a strong reputation and a wide and diverse client base. This is particularly the case in Scotland, where we support a whole range of local SMEs, multi-nationals and universities.
“All companies start out life as an SME, many of which grow to become global players, and so a key focus for all offices in Scotland and internationally is the local marketplace. We are also keen to continue working with international IP bodies and contributing to the sector and development of the profession.
“Our clients, both here in Scotland and elsewhere, face an increased need for international, sound IP advice as globalisation continues and technological development accelerates. It is now my privilege to lead the business as we continue to work with existing clients and to develop and grow our client portfolio.
“As a uniquely international firm with unrivalled strength in breadth and depth, it is our pleasure to help clients meet and exceed their commercial objectives.”