Today Adams & Adams announced the merger with the Intellectual Property practice of Bowman Gilfillan as of 1 March 2012. Bowman Gilfillan incorporated the firms Bowman Gilfillan Hayman Godfrey, Findlay & Tait and the well known specialist IP law form John & Kernick, which was established in the early 1900’s. John & Kernick merged with Bowman Gilfillan in the early 2000’s. At that stage John & Kernick was still predominantly known as a specialist IP law firm.
The merger with Bowman Gilfillan in the early 2000’s raised the question of synergy between specialist IP law practices on the one hand and general law practices and specialist corporate law firms on the other hand. The merger of the IP law practice of Bowman Gilfillan with Adams & Adams seems to indicate that there is a niche market for specialist IP law practices.
Bowman Gilfillan, was primarily known as a leading corporate/commercial law firm which acquired the expertise to handle IP matters with the incorporation of John & Kernick. The merger between Adams & Adams and the IP practice of Bowman Gilfillan emphasises the fact that an IP law practice is a specialist field of practice that require specialist infrastructure and expertise to practice efficiently.