Annie joined Birketts in November 2017 and works in our Intellectual Property Team. Annie has a strong background in relation to trade marks- she was the first ever applicant to be awarded the Queen Mary University, London (QMUL) scholarship to study the MSc postgraduate degree in Intellectual Property Law, based solely on an application related to trade marks. Her project sparked debate amongst the awarding panel and set a new precedent going forward for future applicants because previously, only applications in relation to patents had been considered.
Following her second degree at QMUL, Annie was then awarded a one year legal internship in Spain, where she worked as a Trainee Trade Mark Examiner at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). As a result of this position, Annie developed a very firm understanding of the legalities surrounding the registrability of a mark, and the nature of registry objections- areas on which she is able to frequently rely when advising clients.
Returning back to the UK following her year in Spain, Annie worked in a boutique intellectual property firm before joining Birketts, where she continued her professional training with an additional postgraduate certificate at QMUL, in which she achieved a Distinction. In order to fully qualify, Annie successfully completed her final professional qualification in Trade Mark Law and Practice at Nottingham Law School, bringing her studies to an end and allowing her entry on to the Register of Trade Mark Attorneys as governed by IPREG.
Annie’s current and previous clients span a broad range of industries, from well-known airline, beverage, cosmetic, software and construction companies, through to political and artistic figures such as ‘Banksy’.
Annie advises all types of clients including individuals, associations, SME's and major companies on all matters relating to the pre-filing, registration, use and exploitation of a trade mark, as well as the prosecution of an application through to registration, and all related issues arising. Annie handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious issues, providing considerations for negotiation during settlement of disputes; providing risk assessment analysis following clearance searches; preparing specifications; letters before action, oppositions and the like, through to working on defensive actions such as revocation and invalidation with the relevant registries. Annie also advises on basic enforcement and registrability of copyright, domains and design, and has a high record of overcoming examination refusals as a result of her previous internal experience at the EUIPO.
Annie is a Registered Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.
Annie is based in our Ipswich office.