Theo was a talented lawyer, kind friend and wonderful colleague to many (including to at least two of the Kat team) over the course of his career.
After studying biochemistry at the University of York, Theo started his career at Allen & Overy, qualifying in 1994, where GuestKat Stephen Jones worked with the then young associate on a mixture of IP litigation cases. Stephen remembers Theo as
"a hard worker, keen to learn and a pleasure to work with. I was glad to see him achieve such success throughout his career."Other colleagues from his A&O days recall that they could never have a conversation with "The O" (as he was known to some) without there being a great deal of good humour and laughter in the conversation, no matter how difficult the legal problem at hand. They find it hard to think of him without recalling his smile and infectious laugh; he was such a kind man.
After a healthy 10 year stint, Theo was lured to Osborne Clarke as a partner where his work grabbed headlines (and numerous IPKat posts) in the almighty adword saga between Interflora and Marks & Spencer. Ray Berg, Managing Partner at Osborne Clarke, commented that:
"Theo was a great friend and colleague to all at Osborne Clarke and we're devastated that he has passed away. Theo was a lovely person to work with: conscientious, collegiate and fun, as well as being a hugely talented lawyer. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and love are with Theo's family and his friends during this difficult time."Theo joined Bristows in 2014, where he continued his trade mark and digital disputes practice and quickly rose up the ranks to Joint Managing Partner in 2016. His increasingly busy schedule saw him bounding, with characteristic energy, across the firm and often past the AmeriKat's door with such gusto that papers would flutter across her desk. Theo was a huge support and champion to IP associates, mentoring and encouraging their professional and personal development throughout their careers. Bristows' commented that:
"Theo was respected and admired not only for his considerable talents, but also for his kindness, patience and willingness to listen to others. Theo strove tirelessly to be the best that he could be – as a lawyer, partner, manager and friend - and in doing so he enriched the lives of all those around him."Theo was also incredibly active in the IP community. He was a copyright tutor on the Oxford IP Diploma course, a member of the INTA Internet Committee, contributor to the MARQUES Copyright and Kluwer copyright blogs and editor of "Brand Protection Online: A Practical Guide to Protection from Online Infringement".
Theo, your smile, positive outlook, boundless energy and skilled story-telling are already and will be very much missed in the IP community, both in London and across our global IP family.
The IPKat team sends its heartfelt condolences to Theo's family, friends and colleagues during this terrible time.
Theo Savvides (1968-2017) Reviewed by Annsley Merelle Ward on Thursday, July 13, 2017 Rating: