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Melanie is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and joined Birketts in June 2020. She is a Legal Director in our Commercial and Technology Team and heads up the firm’s Branding and Trade Mark Team based in the Ipswich office.
With over twenty years’ experience operating in the intellectual property field, Melanie specialises in trade mark and design protection and enforcement, as well as dispute resolution, brand registration, IP strategy and IP litigation.
Melanie has a great deal of experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters and has advised a wide range of clients, both in the UK and internationally, including start-ups, small businesses and international corporations. It is not unusual for Melanie to be supporting the perceived underdog when it comes to establishing and defending an earlier rights position.
She was accredited to appear before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in both trade mark and design matters prior to Brexit and retains her connections to ensure the smooth running of trade mark related actions in these jurisdictions continue. She has audience rights before the UK’s dedicated IP court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), and is a member of several key IP Professional bodies including Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), European Trademark Communities Association (ECTA), International Trademark Association (INTA) and The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
Her practice area is unique in that most people spoken to will have a trade mark issue of some sort, and she can advise on how best this is dealt with.
Having previously chaired the Europe and Central Asia subcommittee of INTA’s Non-Traditional Marks Committee, Melanie remains active within INTA, currently working with their Trademark Office and Practices Committee and the European sub-Committee to provide up-to-date UK trade mark practice and guidance. Post pandemic, subject to any lock down requirements that come into force, the expectation is that the twice yearly in person events (May and November) will recommence enabling International relationships to move away from video conferencing.
Melanie is also on AIPPI’s Trade Mark Standing Committee as their UK Representative. Attending at least one AIPPI, ECTA and Marques event annually, subject to no conflicting appointments, is planned to raise Birketts profile with the other Attorneys in attendance.
More recently, she became an Editor for Sweet & Maxwell CITMA & CIPA Trade Mark Handbook, the definitive guide for all things UK trade mark law and practice related, plus relevant aspects of European and International law as appropriate.
Melanie assists the Business and IP Centre (BIPC) of the British Library locally across Norfolk and Suffolk by providing free of charge confidential drop in IP sessions on a monthly basis.