Herbert Smith
In the late 1960s, Herbert Smith decided to set up an Intellectual Property department. The specific motive behind that decision was the expansion of litigation fields affecting some of its clients, particularly a patent case that ended up in the House of Lords in the mid-1970s (General Tire and Rubber Company v Firestone Tyre and Rubber Company Ltd [1976] RPC 197). The department was headed by Christopher Tootal, a former patent agent who was joined by a trade mark lawyer from The Distillers Company, Tony Willoughby. It was particularly this combination of patent and trade mark law that made the department particularly strong in the field of intellectual property.

Christopher Tootal