Glasgow intellectual property firm makes senior appointments



Glasgow headquartered intellectual property protection business Murgitroyd has made two senior appointments.

Helen Archibald has been appointed chief operating officer and Joanne Lecky is to be the managing director of the company’s Trade Mark Group.

They will both report directly to chief executive Gordon Stark.

He commented: “As one of the world’s largest patent and trade mark attorney firms, Murgitroyd IP has ambitions to grow further and having the right senior team in place to support that growth is vital.

“We are thrilled to attract someone of Helen’s calibre to Murgitroyd – she will lead business operations across our international office network and her experience in legal professional services will enhance our ability to focus on strategic delivery, operational efficiency and the use of technology to support our growth ambitions.

“Joanne Lecky is a skilled trade mark attorney, trusted by her clients to support their brands,” Stark continued. “She has also demonstrated the drive and leadership skills to ensure that our trade mark group remains a leader in its field and responds to the changing needs of brand owners as they embrace an increasingly digital world.”

Archibald joins from Thorntons Law, where she had been chief operating officer since 2016.

Prior to that she was assistant principal at Dundee & Angus College, where she had responsibility for HR and organisational development strategy and operations.

Lecky has been interim managing director of Trade Marks prior to being confirmed in the role.

She joined Murgitroyd in 2002 from a US technology company where she was an intellectual property advisor.

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A qualified trade mark attorney in both the UK and Ireland, Lecky is experienced in representing clients in oppositions, revocations and invalidity actions in the fashion, retail, consumer goods, media and entertainment sectors.

Murgitroyd’s intellectual property business was established in Glasgow, Scotland in 1975.

Today it is one of the largest global patent and trade mark attorney firms, with 15 offices in Europe, four client liaison offices in the US and an office handling patent searching in Nicaragua.

The company employs more than 75 patent and trade mark professionals and has more than 320 members of staff.

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