Marks & Clerk in Scotland has appointed Paul Chapman as the new managing partner of its Edinburgh office.

A chartered and European patent attorney, Paul has spent over 20 years advising clients on their intellectual property needs and has been a partner at the business for 14 years.

His client list includes universities, SMEs and large multinational companies. He has particular expertise in biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals and is also chair of Marks & Clerk’s life sciences committee.

Bob Naismith, UK managing partner, said: ‘Paul is a trusted advisor to a number of key clients with a long track record of delivering results. With Scotland’s thriving biocluster - including Edinburgh BioQuarter - delivering innovation at great pace, his expertise in life sciences will continue to prove hugely beneficial.

‘I have no doubt he will significantly contribute to the continued growth of our Edinburgh office.’

Paul Chapman added: ‘The Edinburgh office boasts a strong team of intellectual property professionals and I look forward to working with everyone to ensure we deliver the best possible service for current and new clients alike.’

Paul’s predecessor, Campbell Newell, who has been working in the IP profession for over 26 years, will continue to be responsible for the firm’s trademark practice across Scotland, managing the intellectual property portfolios of some of Scotland’s best-known brands.

He will also become more actively involved in the development and growth of the UK-wide Trade Mark Group.

Meanwhile, two new appointments have been made in the company’s Glasgow office. Alistair Robertson joins as an assistant, having spent 14 years in the semiconductor industry. He has a first-class MEng in electronics and electrical engineering from the University of Glasgow and is a chartered engineer.

Iain Robertson joins as a trainee patent attorney. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of St Andrews, having obtained an MSci in materials science from there in 2011.