CEO Today - UK Awards 2023

Outstanding Leadership of Intellectual Property Services CEO, HGF Martyn Fish CEO Today United Kingdom Awards 2023 34 HGF is one of Europe’s leading intellectual property firms, bringing patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors together to provide a full-service IP solution. The firm has 23 offices throughout the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. HGF creates and manages IP portfolios for the world’s leading companies and research institutes. The firm advises clients on the creation of strategic IP assets and provides world-class expertise in oppositions, appeals, commercialisation, dispute resolution and litigation to defend and enforce IP rights. The firm has dedicated teams of experts working across key industry sectors with relevant experience who fully understand their clients’ businesses and appreciate the significance of their brands, innovations and other IP assets. The firm has a strong group of technology-based strategic business units with experience and expertise covering chemistry, engineering, electronics and life sciences. How has the experience you gained in other roles at HGF informed your work as chief executive? I have been at HGF for nearly all of my career, joining the firm 19 years ago. I have in effect ‘grown up’ with the firm and have witnessed first-hand the remarkable growth that we have enjoyed as an organisation. This growth has meant that the firm has always presented me with new challenges as I have progressed through my career. I have had a number of different roles within the firm which have all informed my current work as CEO. My first role was as an assistant solicitor, handling contentious and transactional IP matters. This role required lots of collaboration with many different people across the business and gave me a strong understanding of how each part of HGF operates. Can you tell us more about HGF’s change strategy for 2023-6? The firm has ambitious plans for 2023-6. As a people business, our employees and partners are central to our future success. We will continue our industryleading investment in learning and development across the business. An example of this is the 18-month leadership development training program that all our leaders and managers across the business are currently undertaking. We firmly believe that IT solutions are key to the future success of our business. We have a very talented in-house IT department who will be at the forefront of pushing our strategy forward. We will also continue to grow our business, welcoming talented people across Europe to join our team.

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