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IP Recruiter Acquires UK Partner Ahead of Global Growth


International recruiter Merlin Wright Associates (MWA), a specialist in recruiting intellectual property professionals for European and global businesses, has acquired IP recruitment firm Marlow IP in a deal that will complement MWA’s global growth plans. 

Marlow IP will retain its current name and branding as it becomes part of the MWA group. 

Kieron Wright, founder and managing director of MWA, said the move would strengthen the group’s activities globally. 

He said: “We have worked closely with Marlow IP for a number of years and formalising our partnership will enable us to offer our highly tailored and specialised recruitment service to more European companies who are looking to hire experts in patents, IP and trademarks.”

“The move comes at a time when our activity in Europe is increasing and demand for our services is coming from further afield, including South Korea and China.”

Kieron said that MWA’s growth plans would involve expanding its UK based team before the end of the year by creating two new roles in its research team in addition to the acquisition of Marlow IP. 

MWA is a leading Patent and Trademark Attorney recruiter operating throughout the Europe, Asia and the US with offices in Leeds, Paris and London. In the past decade the company has helped more than 100 international businesses source the right IP talent for innovation and growth, from SMEs to multinationals. 

Graham Marlow, of Marlow IP, said: “MWA has a superb reputation in Europe and is trusted by some of the biggest industry names to find the expertise they need to stay ahead of the competition. 

“We are delighted that our European clients will be served by such a proactive and knowledgeable team and we are looking forward to working with MWA to ensure a smooth transition.”

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Meeting the future stars of IP law


Marlow IP Recruitment was delighted to receive an invitation to participate in a careers forum being organised for members of the IP law society at King’s College, London. The event was held on Tuesday 5 December in the historic setting of Bush House in the Strand.

Photograph used with kind permission from King's College, London

Our Associate Director, Bob Boad represented us and joined a diverse panel of IP practitioners drawn from both private practice and in-house positions. The panellists, who included a barrister, trade mark and patent attorneys and a trainee solicitor, enjoyed the opportunity to engage with this keen group of law students contemplating careers in the IP field. The audience listened with interest as each panellist described their personal career path and then there was a chance for the students to submit questions about the range of opportunities available and the entry requirements.

The evening concluded with a chance to continue the discussions and to network informally with drinks served in one of the building’s impressive galleries.

Does your CV Still Matter? CITMA Review article written by Bob Boad.


This article was first published in the March/April 2017 issue of the CITMA Review, the journal of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA). For more information on ITMA, please visit

Social Networking sites are nice, but you still need a formal calling card, says Bob Boad.

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The Eight Minutes That Matter - ITMA Review Article by Bob Boad, Associate Director


Bob Boad knows how to make your crucial interview moments count.

This article was first published in the October/November 2016 issue of the ITMA Review, the journal of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA). For more information on ITMA, please visit

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Bob Boad, Associate Director, interviewed by Lawyer Monthly Magazine


With a focus on trade marks, Lawyer Monthly spoke to Bob Boad who recently joined Marlow IP Recruitment in the newly created role of Associate Director.

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Former Head of BP Trade Marks joins Marlow IP


The specialist Intellectual Property (IP) recruitment company, Marlow IP, has appointed BP’s former global Head of Trade Marks as its first Associate Director.

Bob Boad, who spent twenty six years with BP, led a highly respected team located in London, Swindon, Germany, Singapore, India and the USA.  His responsibilities at BP covered the full spectrum of brand protection activity, including anti-counterfeiting work.  At Marlow IP he will assist Managing Director, Graham Marlow, with strategic planning and business development matters.

‘Bob’s wealth of experience and depth of knowledge will provide our clients with valuable insights and sound counsel when navigating the increasingly important Trade Mark sector of our recruitment operations.  We are fortunate to have secured Bob’s expertise at this time in our planned growth.  He will also bring a wider perspective to our total IP recruitment offering’ said Graham.

Marlow IP has offices in Harrogate and London and it operates exclusively within the IP sector.  The company focuses primarily on UK-based recruitment assignments but also has considerable experience of recruiting IP specialists for international companies and overseas firms who are establishing operations in Europe for the first time.

For more information contact:
Graham Marlow: 01423 522838

Douglas Adamson, Watershed Consulting: 07860 420763

Marlow IP Recruitment Recognised at the 2015 Intellectual Property Awards


United Kingdom, 12 June 2015 – Marlow IP Recruitment were awarded the Client Choice Award: Best-in-Class European IP Recruiter at the 2015 Intellectual Property Awards hosted by AI Global.

The 2015 International Intellectual Property Awards recognise the top intellectual property practitioners in all areas including the well-established trademark, copyright, patent and litigation practices.

Marlow IP Recruitment are specialists in Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney Recruitment. The company devotes all its energies to servicing the needs of clients who require Patent Attorneys, Trade Mark Attorneys and IP Lawyers.

Speaking about their award, Awards Coordinator Peter Rujgev commented: "The terrific response we had for the program this year is only outlining the growing importance of the Intellectual Property practice globally. It is an honour for us to acknowledge Marlow IP Recruitment for their excellence in the field and further inspire them to keep up their outstanding work for the years to come".

To learn more about our award winners and to gain insight into the working practices of the "best of the best", please visit the Acquisition International website ( where you can access the winners supplement.

Harrogate Intellectual Property Recruitment Firm Scoops National Award

Details: Harrogate based Intellectual Property Recruitment Company, Marlow IP Recruitment has seen off London and other UK rivals to scoop the ‘Overall UK IP

Recruitment Firm of the Year Award, 2014' sponsored by Acquisition International Magazine (AIM).

Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Magazine Intellectual Property Awards celebrate the individuals and firms who are involved in driving the intellectual property field - lawyers, agents, consultants, advisers and service providers.

Marlow IP Recruitment has been won this prestigious award in the face of stiff UK competition. The company was set up two years ago in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, by Managing Director, Graham Marlow.

Speaking about the awards, Charlotte Abbott, AIM Coordinator said: "We're honoured to recognise some of the most committed individuals and firms working in intellectual property today. The winners can be proud of the important work they have been doing over the last year."

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