I am a senior IP lawyer in Lewis Silkin’s Trade Marks and IP Portfolio management practice.
I joined the firm in 2012 having previously practiced at another leading international law firm, as well as in specialist practices in both Australia and Canada. I am triple-double qualified as a Canadian barrister and solicitor, an Australian solicitor and registered trade marks attorney and a UK solicitor and European trade marks attorney. While my main practice involves all things related to trade marks and brand protection, I have a second specialisation in domain name dispute management for which clients have commented that I am a “true expert” and “one of the best in the business.
Despite being a trade marks specialist my work is quite varied, and ranges from litigation to brand selection and clearance, all types of work before the EUIPO and the UK IPO, as well as international dispute and brand protection management. Given my international background I am familiar with the advantages and pitfalls of different national trade marks processes, which can often come in handy when planning a filing strategy or managing an international dispute.
Some examples of my work include:
- worldwide brand clearance projects both for brand owners and creative agencies
- domestic, overseas and multijurisdictional dispute management
- complex cross-proceedings, often with a litigious element
- trade marks and IP budget management and planning, ensuring budget is committed in the right places at the right times, including for start-ups
Working alongside our domain name management team, I also advise clients on internet and domain name monitoring, domain name acquisition, website and social media complaints, liaising with authorities in the event of fraud, and of course domain name disputes at all major tribunals, including in respect of new gTLDs. We are proud to be one of the few practices who can seamlessly force an infringer to surrender its domain names, then do everything necessary to manage the transfer process efficiently until the domain name is under the client’s control, taking the headache out of the process for the client.