Expertise and Experience
Rowland’s experience and expertise is recognised by the industry. He is fluent in both French and German and has over 17 years’ experience of trade mark practice. Rowland has an excellent working knowledge of international trade mark issues and database rights, and is an expert in EU Trade Mark law. In 2017, Rowland also qualified as an Irish Trade Mark Agent. He practices regularly before EUIPO and their Board of Appeal (with his cases cited in EUIPO’s own guidelines), as well as handling cases referred to the General Court. He particularly enjoys addressing contentious disputes, such as trade mark opposition and infringement proceedings.
Rowland is an experienced advocate, and regularly represents his clients at hearings before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the Appointed Person, making detailed legal submissions and cross-examining witnesses, with a very strong track record. He appears in the top 10 of the listed trade mark attorneys and solicitors by appearance at hearings before the UKIPO. (Source: CITMA Review, Issue 438, December 2017/January 2018.) He also has an excellent record of successfully litigating internet domain name disputes before Nominet and ICANN.
Rowland represents clients in a diverse range of industries. His clients include food producers, clothing manufacturers, financial service providers, international salon business, world famous rock bands, and manufacturers of domestic appliances and home entertainment equipment.
Rowland is noted in The Legal 500 UK "as being particularly experienced in European CTM filings, and in trade mark opposition and infringement proceedings”. Clients have commented that "Rowland is 'always able to find a point that other attorneys overlook'".
Rowland is also featured as a recommended expert in the World Trademark Review 1000 (2019). Clients say Rowland "treats you as a valued client and ensures you are well taken care of, offering swift and practical advice on the likely success of particular filing strategies which makes a valuable contribution to business decisions."
European Trade Mark & Designs Attorney 2002
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 2002
Registered Trade Mark Agent (Ireland) 2017
PGD in IP Litigation, Nottingham Law School
Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
LLB University of Manchester 1995