Giles is a partner at BomhardIP with over 18 years of experience in trademarks. His principle focus is on EU Trademark and Design prosecution and enforcement.
He has substantial trade mark disputes experience within the EU and beyond, including handling oppositions and cancellation actions before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). He also has extensive experience in relation to trademark portfolio management, searching, filing and prosecuting trademarks throughout Europe and worldwide, in particular handling EUTM and International applications under the Madrid Protocol, the negotiation and drafting of settlement agreements in relation to trademarks, and due diligence.
During his career, Giles has handled trademark matters and large-scale trademark portfolios for clients operating in a diverse range of fields, including the beverage, food, confectionery, tobacco, film and TV, entertainment, publishing, pharmaceutical, financial, automobile, engineering, and software and hardware industries. Prior to joining BomhardIP, Giles worked in senior positions, both in London and abroad, for several of the largest International law firms, having started his career working inhouse for the owner of the then world’s largest trademark portfolio.
He is the Chair of the INTA European National Trademark Office Relations Sub-Committee and a member of the Publications Committee for ECTA. He is also on the EU Advisory Board for the global trademark search provider Corsearch.
In his free time Giles is a keen windsurfer, sailor and climber.
BSc – Cell and Molecular Biology – Oxford Brookes University
MSc – Intellectual Property Law – QMW, University of London
Since 2015 BomhardIP
2009 – 2015: Hogan Lovells, Alicante, Spain
2002 – 2009: Clifford Chance, London, UK
1999 – 2002: Linklaters, London, UK
1997 – 1999: Hammonds, London, UK
1996 – 1997: Unilever plc, London, UK
INTA, ITMA, ECTA
Interview – Cécile Samalens, ECTA Bulletin June 2017
CJEU confirms: piecemeal renewals of EUTMs are possible – Nissan Jidiosha KK v. EUIPO, C 207/15 P, ECTA e-Bulletin October, 2016
Interview – Kristiane Brøndum Vandborg, ECTA e-Bulletin February, 2016
European trade mark law reform: key changes for trade mark owners, ECTA e-Bulletin October, 2015
Chair – European National Trade Mark Office Sub-Committee – INTA
Member – Publications Committee – ECTA
Board Member – EU Advisory Board – Corsearch
Recent Speakings Engagements
Pan-European Seal IP Campus Event at the EUIPO, Alicante, Spain – April 2018
IPR Helpdesk – Trademarks and Licensing – January 2015
Webinar – Recent Developments in EU Case law – September 2014
OHIM Tertulia – Convergence Program (CP4) on scope of protection for black and white marks – April 2014
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Rankings & Awards
2018 WTR 1000 ( Silver Ranking; “Giles has a flair for the trickiest prosecution mandates and is best known for centralised searching and clearance.”)
2017 Who´s Who Legal – Trademarks – Spain
2017 WTR 1000 – Recommended Individual – “His customer care skills are some of the best in the business and he is a practical, down-to-earth guy whom clients really warm to” (Profile here)
2016 WTR 1000 – Recommended Individual – “Giles is a reference when it comes to Community trademark and design matters, both contentious and non-contentious. He can effortlessly administer large portfolios, having done so throughout his career, encompassing both in-house and private practice positions.”