Chris Cairns

Chris has worked in the intellectual property (IP) profession for over 20 years and has specialised in the area of trade marks since 2001.

He covers all aspects of global trade mark protection and prosecution, including clearance searching, certifications, assignments, oppositions, cancellations and due diligence.

Chris has worked with clients of all sizes, from start-ups and SMEs through to multinationals, and has advised clients in a broad range of commercial sectors, with specialisms in technology, food and drink, textiles, tourism, finance, software and professional services.

Having been seconded to a large UK bank on several occasions, and having worked as an in-house trade mark attorney for a FTSE-250 company for over 10 years while being in private practice, Chris has a valuable insight into the internal demands of clients and in-house IP departments.

Chris adopts a tailored approach when advising his clients, working with his clients closely to understand their short and long-term commercial goals, and helping them to achieve the scope of trade mark protection they need to meet these goals.


  • Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney
  • BSc (Hons) Instrumentation with Applied Physics (1st Class Honours), Glasgow Caledonian University

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Chris's Expertise

Expert In Trade Mark Prosecution

Chris is an expert in all aspects of trade mark prosecution, working to achieve the right scope of brand protection for his clients with the various trade mark registries worldwide, always bearing in mind his clients' strategic aims and budget requirements.

Expert In Trade Mark Oppositions

Chris has a wealth of experience in protecting his clients' interests in trade mark opposition proceedings, and has a proven track record in achieving results for his clients both in defence of and in proactively protecting his client's rights.

Expert In Relationship Management

Chris is experienced in managing client relationships, seeking always to provide a service to his clients that is personable, proactive and highly responsive. Chris's clients and peers comment on his straightforward and down-to-earth communication style.

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