James is head of the Trade Marks Group. James's experience since 1996 has included extensive handling of multi-jurisdictional clearance searching; advising on filing strategy; trade mark prosecution of unusual marks; conducting trade mark related litigation; and handling anti-dilution campaigns. Clients appreciate James's pragmatic and cost-conscious approach. James joined the firm in 2002 from international law firm Clifford Chance.
James works with a variety of clients worldwide in a number of sectors, in particular pharmaceuticals, electronics, medical devices and the wine industry. He also leads the firm's Paris-based trade marks operation.
James is Co-editor of the Trade Mark Handbook (a Thomson Reuters publication) and Author of Practical Law’s “Pharmaceutical Trade Marks” (a Lexis Nexis publication). James travels extensively and is a frequent visitor to Japan and Korea.
Chambers & Partners ranks James as a band 1 Trade Mark Attorney and reports that clients say he employs his expertise in a practical way and is one of the principal architects of a group which has come to be regarded as amongst the country's finest. Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) states that a number of competitors singled out James Fish for his ability to attract big-ticket clients. The Legal 500 says that James is "highly regarded for his demeanour, responsiveness, thoughtful advice and international perspective" on trade mark issues. In World Trademark Review 1000 clients comment that James provides “an absolutely first-class service”. “When you want to know whether a name or concept can be protected, he gives quick, accurate insights at an early stage, so you don’t waste time and money going down blind alleys; when you do alight on something that works, he gives excellent guidance every step of the way. He’s extremely commercial and committed to his clients.” Who’s Who Legal: Trade Marks asserts that “the 'fantastic' James Fish excels for his pragmatic strategic advice in the trademarks field”. James is also listed as a Trade Marks Expert by Expert Guides.
University of Manchester, Honours Degree in Law (LLB), LLM International Business Law
Bar Vocational Course (ICSL); Solicitor (England & Wales, Ireland); UK Registered Trade Mark Attorney; EUIPO Professional Representative; Higher Courts Litigation Certificate (Trade Mark and Design Attorney Litigator)
Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple; Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA); UK Council Member and Treasurer of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI-UK); Chair to CET Group 1 (European Community Trade Mark matters) of FICPI International