Export honour for Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge-based Ward Trade Marks

Rachael Ward, second from left, and Bill Ward, right, receive Ward Trade Marks' New Exporter of the

Rachael Ward, second from left, and Bill Ward, right, receive Ward Trade Marks' New Exporter of the Year award from Ann-Marie Martin, chief executive of the council for British Chambers of Commerce in Europe, left, accompanied by John Bridge, third from left, chief executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce. Picture: Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce - Credit: Archant

An East Anglian firm of trade mark attorneys has picked up an export award after registering nearly 140 UK trade marks in 12 overseas markets in the past two years.

Ward Trade Marks, which was established in 2014 and has offices in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, was named New Exporter of the Year in the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce 2017 Global Awards.

Director Bill Ward said: “Ward Trade Marks combines experience and innovation in how we underwrite the success of UK exporters by ensuring that their trade marks are properly registered in each market they operate within and thereafter protected from use by their competitors.

“Both by directly representing our clients at the EU Intellectual Property Office where we have advocacy rights and working with trusted partners in other national jurisdictions, I’m really pleased that we have taken away the worry and expense for many British exporters as they launch products and services into new markets.”

Co-director Rachael Ward added: “Overseas trade mark work accounts for about a third of our turnover and it is certainly an area of the market that requires specialist and totally up-to-date knowledge to get it right.

“As a growing company, this lovely award means so much to us, as we further build our resources in supporting companies of all sizes and across all sectors ensure that they – and not their competition – truly own their trade marks and hence a vital part of their reputation.”