Chris Cairns

Director, Trade Marks
Trademark Group


  • Trademarks
  • Designs
  • UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
  • BSc (Hons) (First Class) Instrumentation with Applied Physics, Glasgow Caledonian University

Chris Cairns trained and qualified as a Senior Trade Mark attorney at Murgitroyd, with international trade marks as his area of expertise. He assists clients in all areas of trade mark and designs protection and enforcement, including trade mark clearance searches, prosecution, oppositions, invalidations, rectifications and licences. He also has significant expertise in developing trade mark protection strategies for clients, SMEs and large corporates, and providing sound commercial advice.

Chris has been seconded twice to a large Scottish bank to work in-house on all aspects of the bank’s intellectual property, where he gained insight from the client’s point of view.

Chris routinely represents clients in opposition work before the UK IPO, providing advice on infringement matters. His experience also includes giving in-house presentations to clients and he has presented at a Murgitroyd breakfast meeting in relation to Chinese trade mark enforcement. Chris has also tutored trainee trade mark attorneys.

Chris is recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 UK Rankings, with the publication commenting that Chris is “excellent on the trade mark side and great with clients”. Chris is also recommended in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 UK Rankings.

Chris is based in the Glasgow Office.

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