Iain handles all aspects of trade mark work, with extensive experience in worldwide portfolio management, trade mark strategy and counselling, anti-counterfeiting and dispute resolution. He has a particular interest in contentious matters, reflected in his appointment as Principal Editor of the INTA International Trade Mark Opposition Guide.
Beyond trade marks, Iain has an interest in the protection of industrial designs in the UK and European Community. He maintains an excellent success record in domain name disputes before Nominet and WIPO, and has handled a number of high-profile cases.
His clients range from SMEs through to blue-chip multinational corporations, which are involved in all manner of business activities.
Iain works as part of our integrated European team and splits his time between our London and Hilversum offices.
Iain has been ranked in the top tier of UK individuals for ‘prosecution and strategy’ in The World Trade Mark Review's WTR 1000 for several years running and has received a number of recommendations:
“He is genuinely brilliant, both at managing complex portfolios and at fighting office actions.” “Thorough, professional and tenacious, the quality of his advice is always good – a premier UK and EU trademark attorney.” World Trademark Review, 2020
“It is imperative for us to have creative, unique and solid recommendations from a professional who can provide unfailing advice in a foreign market. Iain is this individual. Responsive, ingenious and compelling, he has helped us to register marks we thought would be impossible.” World Trademark Review, 2020
“He is nothing short of a powerhouse of ideas on how to succeed before the UK trademark office. Our number-one, favourite attorney worldwide.” World Trademark Review, 2020
“He is the absolute best of the best for global strategy. He leads a high-calibre team cast in his own image – a true star.” World Trademark Review, 2020
''Iain is easy to partner with thanks to his practical and commercial approach. He is generous with his time and is always looking for ways to add value.” As one US associate proffers: “Iain is the best barometer for how things may go in Europe, and just generally in the world; he is great to use as a strategic sounding board when you’re making big global decisions. He has an excellent and sophisticated sense of humour too.'' - WTR 1000 2019
Iain is also recommended by Chambers and Partners 2018, as a trade mark and designs specialist with a client list comprising international household-name brands.
Iain is described a ‘key figure’ by The Legal 500, 2018.
The Legal 500, 2017 notes that Iain Stewart is ‘particularly experienced in handling trade mark opposition and dispute resolution’ and comments on his skill with ‘trade mark portfolio management’.
WTR 1000, 2017 notes that 'virtually no other trademark professional gets as much – or as positive – feedback as Iain Stewart'. Quoting clients, the publication highlights his ‘to-the-point, business-focused advice’ that is informed by ‘strong written and verbal communication skills and exceptional knowledge of all issues relating to European and UK trademark practice’.
Chambers and Partners, 2017 quotes sources saying 'He is very responsive and always tries to find creative responses to technical issues'.
WTR 1000, 2016, awarding Iain top tier status, commented: 'commercially switched on and practical', Iain Stewart 'offers solutions based not only on what you can do under the letter of the law, but also on what would suit your business. He won’t incur any unnecessary costs. He is a senior guy, but someone who is easy to talk with; an excellent communicator, he always keeps calm and never gets frazzled.'
“Iain Stewart is highly regarded for his work concerning trade marks and industrial designs. One source says: ‘He is always a first-choice strategist to tackle global problems that have a UK or EU angle and has all the best traits - a creative mind, a strong work ethic and a sense of humour.’" – Chambers and Partners, 2016.
“Iain Stewart is ‘the crème de la crème of EU trade mark lawyers’, and is ‘always a first-choice strategist to tackle global problems that have a UK or EU angle’ ”. – The Legal 500, 2015.
Managing IP has recognised Iain as an 'IP Star' for Trade Marks in their 2014, 2015 and 2016 IP Stars guides.
"Iain Stewart is hailed for his 'excellent creative and strategic advice'; his aptitude for oppositions in particular is showcased in his contributions to INTA’s International Trademark Oppositions Guide, although he also excels at anti-counterfeiting and the negotiation of co-existence agreements." - The World Trade Mark Review's WTR 1000, 2015.
Iain is part of our "‘impressive' trade mark practice which had a strong year on both the transactional and opposition fronts" (The Legal 500, 2014). He has also been "recommended" individually.
"'The wonderfully creative' Iain Stewart is a key figure in prosecution and enforcement."– The World Trade Mark Review's WTR 1000, 2014.
"Iain Stewart is equally popular for his 'creative, outside-of-the-box advice', and comes recommended by his peers, who appreciate his ability to team with brand owners and other advisors." – The World Trade Mark Review's WTR 1000, 2013.
European Trade Mark Attorney
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney (UK)
Registered Trade Mark Agent (Ireland)
IP Litigator - Trade Mark
PhD - University of Edinburgh
MA Hons - University of Dundee
International Trademark Association (INTA)
The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Groups (PTMG)
UNION - Union Trade Mark Commission
‘INTA International Trade Mark Opposition Guide’, Principal Editor
‘Community Trade Marks Handbook’, Sweet & Maxwell, Contributor