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Catherine Wiseman, Barker Brettell
Catherine practises in a wide range of trade mark matters, especially in advising upon the freedom to use and the registrability of trade marks, and filing and prosecuting trade mark applications around the world, in particular UK, EU and international applications. Catherine has considerable expertise in conflict matters and in the negotiation of settlements. She is praised highly in the World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017 which says: “Incisive expert” Wiseman “is superb at explaining complicated trademark issues to non-experts”. “Reliable, professional, accurate and excellent value for money”, she garners extensive acclaim.” Catherine has also been named as an IP Star for three consecutive years in Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey.
Helen Saunders, INCOPRO
Helen joined INCOPRO in July 2013 and brings a unique skill-set combining law, intelligence and technology. After studying law at university, Helen worked in both law enforcement and the private sector, analysing and investigating a spectrum of online illegal activity. In the last nine years, she has specialised in online content protection, having worked in the music industry for both IFPI and BPI. During this time Helen developed her technical skills giving her an excellent understanding of internet technologies, and the opportunities created for both illegal and legal uses. She also holds a Masters in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary University of London, which has proved invaluable in the area of IP protection online. Helen provided two expert reports in the 2014 Richemont case on the efficacy of site blocking. Her evidence was accepted by the Court in concluding that site blocking orders directed at streaming websites “have resulted in a decrease in the overall level of infringement in this sector in the UK.
Azhar Sadique, Keltie LLP
Azhar's trade mark practice ranges from the filing and prosecution of UK, Community and International trade mark and design applications to clearance searches, advising on the law of infringement and passing off, due diligence projects and anti-counterfeiting strategies. Azhar also has experience in trade mark law and practice outside of the UK. He advises clients on worldwide filing and branding strategies and manages a number of worldwide trade mark portfolios.
Azhar also represents clients in contentious matters before the IPO and EUIPO in opposition proceedings, revocation and invalidity actions and has appeared as an advocate before the UK Intellectual Property Office in trade mark hearings.
In addition to trade marks, Azhar also advises on copyright and design matters and has handled a number of domain name disputes before Nominet and WIPO. Azhar also has experience in negotiating settlement, co-existence and assignment agreements and has represented clients in mediations. He has particular experience in the preparation of customs applications for use by the UK Border Agency in identifying potential counterfeit goods.
Nick McDonald, Potter Clarkson
Nick McDonald is an experienced IP solicitor, with expertise in both litigation and providing commercial advice to clients. Nick advises across the whole range of IP rights including trade marks, designs, patents, confidential information (including privacy and industrial secrets), copyright and Geographical Indications of Origin. While he has advised in multiple sectoral areas, he has a particular interest in textiles, creative industries, bio-medical sciences, fashion and retail. Recent reported cases include Stretchline (Intellectual Properties) v H&M (2015), in which the Court of Appeal provided guidance on the enforceability of settlement agreements. Nick joined Potter Clarkson in May 2016, and is a founding member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Commercial team.
Charlotte Robson, Yawn Creative
Charlotte Robson co-owns and runs a small brand design studio in London, Yawn Creative. The studio works with clients in a range of sectors and creates original and disruptive design through a mix of strategic thinking and insightful design. Prior to this she studied fine art at Manchester Art School before spending a significant chapter of her career in client services at the international brand design agency Design Bridge. Here she looked after the global Pepsico and Unilever accounts, before leaving to join Yawn Creative where she is able to apply both her brand business knowledge and creativity.
Vanja Kovacevic, Schmitt & Orlov
Vanja is an IP attorney with 14 years of practice in IPR prosecution and enforcement. In 2014 Vanja, who is Scmitt & Orlov's Southeast Asia Director, founded and now heads and develops the firm’s IP team in the region. She also advises international & local clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP protection and exploitation and the negotiation of complex IT contracts.
Previously ranked in Chambers as a leader in the field, in the role the Head of IP and lead IP attorney of DTB, Vanja is also a trade mark agent before the Croatian State Intellectual Property Office and selected panelist for ADR.eu. In recent years Vanja has extended her expertise and shifted her practices to SEA countries whilst providing continual support and management of her expanding team. As of 2017 Vanja is listed as WIPR IP global leader.
Alex Watt, Browne Jacobson
Alex is a commercial IP partner in Browne Jacobson's London office. He is an expert in brand protection and promotion and leads the firm’s advertising and marketing team. He regularly handles consumer issues and specialises particularly in commercial transactions that have a large IP component, which have included: distribution agreements, franchising arrangements, copyright and trade mark licensing, data protection issues, publishing agreements, co-branding partnerships, sponsorship and advertising issues (particularly in respect of “experiential” advertising), brand strategy, event sponsorship and event production. He also works regularly with both galleries and artists and leads an Art & Cultural Property practice which legal directories have described as having a 'superb team.
David Haigh, Brand Finance plc
David, the CEO and founder of Brand Finance plc, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London. He worked in international financial management then moved into the marketing services sector. He then went on to set up a financial marketing consultancy where he worked as a director for five years, before moving to Interbrand as Director of Brand Valuation and leaving in 1996 to launch Brand Finance.
David has represented the British Standards institute working towards the standardisation of brand valuation methods and practices (ISO 10668) and has worked in the area of branded business, brand and intangible asset valuation since 1991.