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Marks & Clerk Canada combines with Toronto’s Sim & McBurney and Sim Ashton & McKay LLP to create a leading Canadian full-service intellectual property business

18 April 2018

The partners of Marks & Clerk Canada, part of the Marks & Clerk international intellectual property (IP) group, and Sim & McBurney and Sim Ashton & McKay LLP (“Sim”) today announce that they have agreed to combine their businesses to create a leading Canadian full-service IP business.
After combining, there will be two firms in Canada trading under the Marks & Clerk name – Marks & Clerk Canada, which will continue to provide patent and trademark agency services, and Marks & Clerk Law LLP which will provide legal services in the field of IP, including litigation and commercial law services.
The partners of Marks & Clerk Canada and Sim firmly believe that this merger is an excellent fit in terms of culture and values and presents an outstanding opportunity for further growth.   Due to complete at the start of May, it will:

  • Double Marks & Clerk’s geographic footprint in Canada by adding Sim’s Toronto operations to Marks & Clerk’s Ottawa office;
  • Create an enlarged leading Canadian full service IP business, including the provision of legal services under the Marks & Clerk brand in Canada for the first time;
  • Provide uninterrupted continuity of service to existing clients of both firms, whilst at the same time enabling them to benefit from an enhanced mix of practice specialisms and access to an enlarged international network of 17 locations across Canada, UK, France, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Singapore. 

Maureen Kinsler, International Chairman for Marks & Clerk commented:

“As we approach the 100th anniversary of our Ottawa office, we are delighted to announce this merger and demonstrate our commitment to the Canadian market.  Benefiting from greater scale and investment, the new merged entities will be strongly positioned to meet the needs of international and domestic clients seeking expert IP advice in Canada.”
Ian Clark, Partner for Marks & Clerk Canada commented:
“This is an exciting merger which is all about growth.  Our combined and complementary expertise and geographic locations, as well as our shared values and ambitions, makes this a great opportunity and perfect fit for our partners, employees and clients.”
David Ruston, Partner for Sim & McBurney, commented:
“We are delighted to be transferring our business to Marks & Clerk to become part of this highly respected international firm.  Our clients will continue to receive the same high level of service with the added advantage of access to an Ottawa office, an international network and market-leading technology.”

For further details, please contact:
Liam Thompson

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