Audrey Horton is a senior associate in the Intellectual Property Department of Bird & Bird in London. Audrey joined Bird & Bird in 1995 and advises on the full spectrum of intellectual property rights including patents, confidential information, trade marks, designs, copyright, and database rights for a wide range of clients in many different fields.  She has a particular interest in the IP issues affecting food and beverage companies.  Her experience also encompasses drafting and negotiating contracts for the creation, transfer or licensing of intellectual property.

Audrey has been involved in major copyright /  passing off litigation re James Joyce's "Ulysses" (Sean Sweeney v Macmillan Publishers Limited and Danis Rose), ("revived copyright" and copyright in literary drafts), and in the first case dealing with the unregistered Community Design Right, Mattel Inc. v Simba as well as various trade mark infringement/passing off actions including Chippendales v Superstar Entertainment.

Audrey has also acted for pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation including reported cases such as Bristol-Myers Squibb v Baker Norton and Napro Biotherapeutic (second medical use), Bracco v General Hospital Corporation, (stay pending EPO opposition) and Baxter Healthcare v Abbott Laboratories.

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Audrey has written and lectured on a wide range of intellectual property topics, including industrial design rights, trade marks and passing off, research and development agreements, unfair competition law and IP related jurisdictional issues.  Her articles have been published in various journals including European Intellectual Property Review, ITMA Review and Managing Intellectual Property.  She is co-author of Sweet & Maxwell's EC Intellectual Property Materials and 'Practical Intellectual Property Precedents' (Sweet & Maxwell) updated bi-annually. 

Audrey is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association, AIPPI, European Trade Mark Practitioners' Association, and Licensing Executives' Society.  She is also an Allied Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA).

Audrey is a tutor in trade mark law for the University of Oxford’s Diploma in Intellectual Property Law.

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