Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has been shortlisted for the Intellectual Property (IP) award at this year's Yorkshire Legal Awards. Launched in 2000, the awards bring together Yorkshire's business community to recognise and celebrate the outstanding legal talent across the region.

After winning the IP award in 2018, WBD was once again shortlisted on the back of its strong IP expertise, excellent client care and commercial approach. Some of the team's most recent highlights, to name just a few, include: advising Leeds-based manufacturer GEOfabrics on the successful enforcement of its patent against Fiberweb Geosynthetics in the High Court; acting for technology firm Plastic Energy in negotiating its licensing programme with the world's major oil and gas producers; and being independently ranked in the list of top trade mark filers in the UK (top 70) and EU (top 35).

Based exclusively in Leeds, from where it services WBD's eight UK offices and works with its 19 US offices on cross-border matters, the team boasts a highly-regarded team of specialist IP solicitors and chartered trade mark attorneys. Last year WBD bolstered its IP presence in the UK through the acquisition of James Love Legal (JLL), the highly ranked boutique practice. JLL was set up a decade ago by James Love, the former head of Intellectual Property at Pinsent Masons, and quickly earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence in prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters. This news followed on from the expansion of the firm's IP offering in the US through the acquisition of Blakely Sokoloff, the well-known Californian patent boutique.

James Love, Head of WBD's IP practice in the UK, commented:

"We're thrilled to be nominated for the IP award at this year's Yorkshire Legal Awards. Our team is passionate about supporting the region and drawing upon our experience gained from international collaboration to deliver the best results for our clients. Representing Yorkshire on an international stage, we act for clients who are based across Europe, North America, Australia, China and elsewhere as well as advising many Yorkshire-based businesses and organisations including NHS Digital, University of Leeds, Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Ilkley Brewery Company."

The IP team was highly ranked in this year's legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers, with one client praising the "excellent team" for being "pragmatic, clear and consistent in their advice". Partner James Love and Senior Counsel Patrick Cantrill were also both ranked as Tier 1 lawyers by Chambers.