Kinsler takes up international patent role

Maureen KinslerDr Maureen Kinsler has been appointed international chairman at Marks & Clerk, the intellectual property service provider and the UK’s largest firm of patent and trade mark attorneys.

From Renfrew, educated in Glasgow and now based in the firm’s Edinburgh office, Ms Kinsler has been elected for a three year term and will be working with the global boards to lead the business.

Ms Kinsler, who joined Marks & Clerk in 2002 and was made partner in 2004, said she intends to place a renewed focus on SMEs in her new role, aiming to drive fresh innovation across Scotland and the world.

She has long played an active role in the management of the business, including oversight of the international marketing and business development functions. She has also been integral to the development of the firm’s practice in Scotland and its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. A chartered and European patent attorney, she specialises in physics, electronics and software, working with multi-national, SME and public sector clients (including many of Scotland’s universities).

She 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.”

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