I am a senior brand protection lawyer in the London Intellectual Property team. I help clients build, exploit and rationalise portfolios of trade mark and design rights around the world. I also handle related disputes and contentious proceedings.
I work with clients across a broad range of industries - from telecoms and media, to sport, fashion, food & beverage, and financial services - to devise and implement global clearance and protection strategies.
In addition to traditional branding, I help clients protect the design of innovative products and packaging, and other key brand elements, including colours, sounds and moving images.
On the contentious side, I have considerable experience of opposition and cancellation proceedings both at Registry level and on appeal to the courts. I often handle complex contentious matters, including cases with Registry disputes running alongside related litigation. However, I recognise that commercial considerations are a key driving factor for all businesses so often counsel clients on amicable settlement.
I thoroughly enjoy finding a solution to a difficult problem, be it working through the different legal requirements for design protection around the world to ensure a client can effectively protect the appearance of their new product in all their key markets, to finding creative ways of resolving seemingly intractable disputes.
Although the core focus of my practice is on trade mark and design matters, I have experience in relation to other soft IP matters, including domain names, customs recordals and seizures, company name disputes and copyright.
I regularly speak and write on technical IP matters, as well as on issues regarding entry to the legal profession. I am co-author of the book 'The European Union Trade Mark: A Practical Guide', and co-editor of the CITMA & CIPA Community Designs Handbook. I am also part of the editorial team for the Bird & Bird DesignWrites online publication, and sit on ECTA's Design Committee and CITMA's Events Committee.