Appleyard Lees
Robert Cumming

Robert is a Partner in our Trade Marks team.

Robert is a dual-qualified trade mark attorney and solicitor and manages large international portfolios and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes for market-leading businesses. Clients appreciate Robert’s strategic approach and willingness to creatively explore “win-win” options.

Robert’s background as a litigator and experience working on large corporate deals gives his team extraordinary strength-in-depth. Whether it is a brand’s inception, global filing programme, complex litigation or managing the issues around mergers, acquisitions and insolvency, Robert’s expertise lies in being able to position a client for the optimum outcome. His thorough approach and intricate knowledge of all of the “ins and outs” of the law gives clients their best chance of a checkmate.

Robert recently led the INTA committee on Trade Mark Litigation working on projects around the world to harmonise trade mark law. He frequently speaks at seminars and conferences in the UK and abroad.

Robert was also mentioned in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars guide in 2017 and was described by a client as “pragmatic and courteous in his approach at all times”.