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Ryan’s practice includes clearance searches, the filing and prosecution of applications, oppositions and cancellation actions, and advising on licences and assignments. He has substantial experience of filing and managing worldwide applications via the Madrid Protocol. He is particularly experienced in clearance searches and was awarded the prize for the highest mark for the searching paper in the Final qualifying examinations. Ryan’s speciality is coordinating with external litigators, barristers and overseas attorneys on complex cross-border disputes spanning several tribunals.

He works for clients ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations. His clients are drawn from fields including telecommunications, travel, healthcare, food and drink, gaming, fashion and music.

He has filed successful complaints via Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service to force the transfer of abusive co.uk domain name registrations. Ryan also handles Registered Design applications and advises clients on copyright issues.

He serves as External Examiner for Nottingham Law School on the Trade Mark Attorney qualification course. In addition to lecturing students on trade mark law, he is a contributor to The European Union Trade Mark Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell). Ryan has been enlisted as an expert speaker on trade mark issues at conferences in Los Angeles and New York, and at the CITMA annual conference, and been interviewed on BBC television as an expert on trade mark matters.

Before entering the profession, he gained six years' experience in marketing, managing high-profile campaigns for clients in the financial services, media and telecommunications industries.

"Ryan Pixton manages some of the firm’s largest clients, assisting them with multinational filings, oppositions, litigation support, and enforcement matters." - The Legal 500, 2023

“Ryan does a great job of managing UK and EU portfolios. He is a true professional and a pleasure to work with.” - World Trademark Review, 2023

Managing IP has acknowledged Ryan as an ‘IP Star’ for Trade marks in their 2022 and 2021 IP Stars Handbooks.

“No matter how many matters we send, Ryan and his team are able to handle it. Ryan is very responsive and gives clear and practical advice; we trust him and his judgement completely.” - World Trademark Review, 2022

“Ryan is rapidly establishing a reputation for himself as a true internationalist from his twin bases in London and Hilversum. Responsive and practical, you can be sure that projects sent to him will always be well handled.” -  World Trademark Review, 2020

''Ryan is a fantastic trademark attorney – he delivers thorough, on-point advice on time. He’s also a really nice guy and great at building close relationships with clients.'' - WTR 1000, 2019

Ryan is recommended by The Legal 500 2018

Ryan was recommended in The Legal 500 2017 and recognised for his work on high profile ventures for easyGroup.

WTR 1000 2016 notes Ryan as "a clearance search guru who has lately proven himself to be a new client magnet" as well as being a real "up-and-coming player" in the trademark space.

"Ryan Pixton's expertise lies in clearance searches and opposition work." - The Legal 500, 2015

Managing IP has recognised Ryan as an 'IP Star' for Trade Marks in their 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 IP Stars guides.

Ryan 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.

Ryan was also named in The World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015 as "well versed in the management of global portfolios."

Qualifications

Chartered Trade Mark Attorney (UK) - Awarded Payne/Bennett Memorial Prize for highest mark in the Finals search paper
IP Litigator - Trade Mark
BA Hons (Modern Languages), University of Oxford

Memberships

​The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)