As a partner in our Intellectual Property practice based in London and Head of Bird & Bird's International Product Design group, I specialise in protecting and enforcing innovative, or high tech product design and associated branding.

I have extensive experience of advising clients throughout the product lifecycle on many aspects of product design creation, protection and enforcement. This work often relates to the protection of innovative products or technologies in diverse areas such as medical devices, mechanical engineering, consumer goods, aviation, automotive and luxury goods. I frequently act in complex litigation (often with a cross border element) at the IPEC, High Court, Court of Appeal and CJEU, as well as in proceedings before the EUIPO. I also advise on customs enforcement programmes and detentions, often in collaboration with my international colleagues.

As co-head of our International Product Compliance & Liability group as well, I also advise clients on the complex regulatory testing, CE marking and labelling requirements to ensure that new products can lawfully be placed on the market.

My experience has been bolstered over the years with secondments in the commercial and regulatory team at AstraZeneca and as Senior Counsel in the trademarks group at Phillip Morris International, with responsibility for Asia Pacific.

I am editor of our design law bulletin, DesignWrites and a member of IP organisations including CITMA, INTA and AIPPI. I also serve on the Designs & Copyright Committee of CITMA.

  • Fisher & Paykel Healthcare: advising FPH in cross-border patent litigation relating to patents protecting the design of certain elements of sleep apnoea masks.
  • Philip Morris International: advising PMI in obtaining an urgent pan-EU interim injunction against a Chinese manufacturer seeking to launch a copycat of PMI's marquee IQOS product onto the European market.
  • Guardiar: advising on both High Court infringement and EUIPO proceedings in respect of a Community design for a high security fencing product.
  • Made.com: advising Made on a range of brand and product design protection and enforcement issues.
  • Fisher & Paykel v ResMed (CPAP mask design patents)
  • Nokia GmbH v IPCom, Nokia Corp v HTC Corp (mobile phone patent cases)
  • Swiss Pharma International v Biogen Idec (monoclonal antibody dosing patent)
  • Massimo Osti v Global Design & Innovation (trade mark, breach of licence)
  • DAKS v Top Shop/Top Man Limited (trade marks)
  • CDL Vehicle Information Services v Carweb Limited (trade mark, passing off)
  • Betafence, Guardiar v Zaun Limited (Community design)
  • Philip Morris v Shenzhen Shunbao Technology (Community design, interim injunction)
  • Xyfil Limited v Dinner Lady Fam Limited (confidential information)
Education
  • University of Bristol, BSc Biochemistry
  • College of Law, LPC (Distinction)
  • University of Bristol, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law (Distinction)
Admissions
  • The Law Society of England & Wales in 2006
  • The Law Society of Ireland in 2017