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Laurie is an experienced trade mark attorney and has worked with clients ranging from start-ups and SMEs through to multinationals, across diverse commercial sectors including financial services, charitable services, retail and food and drink.

As well as dealing with all aspects of trade mark clearance, protection and prosecution, Laurie has experience in litigation, having handled cases in the IPEC, High Court and CJEU, and holds the Higher Courts Certificate in IP Litigation.  She has also achieved notable results in helping clients to tackle trade mark infringement issues through working with customs bodies, Trading Standards and ISPs.

Laurie was named as a “Rising Star” in the 2018 Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, where clients said that she is “very reliable”.

Laurie is also proficient in French.

Education & background

Laurie graduated with a joint honours degree in Law and French from the University of Strathclyde in 2009, before going on to obtain a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2010.

Laurie entered the IP profession in 2010 and qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2013.  She joined Withers & Rogers in 2020 after working with other leading UK IP firms.

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Ute is also member of The German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR) and INTA.

Education & background

Ute studied Law at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich including special qualifications in Intellectual Property. She also worked as a student research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law.  Ute trained at numerous Munich law firms as well as US law firm Pearne & Gordon.

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Henriette’s experience includes Application, opposition and appeal proceedings of trademarks, drafting warning letters, obtaining preliminary injunctions, handling of legal proceedings in trademark, unfair competition and copyright matters. She also has experience of drafting and negotiating of license, coexistence and transfer agreements as well as of other contracts relating to intellectual property.

Henriette is also expert in strategic consulting and handling of trademark portfolios.

Education & background

Henriette qualified as a certified specialist lawyer in IP law in 2011 and since 2008 has worked as an Attorney at Law for intellectual property in several national and international law and patent firms in Munich.

Her publications include comments on the decision of the German Federal Patent Court 29W(pat)168/10 of 8.3.2012 on indirect likelihood of confusion between MOBIL and maksmobil“, GRUR Prax 9/2012.

Henriette qualified in Legal Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (LMU).

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Tania has handled multinational trade mark and design applications and is a keen advocate of the Madrid Protocol and Hague systems.

Tania has worked with clients in most sectors but her present portfolio includes companies across a wide range, including finance, internet gambling, prepared foods, electronics, prostheses and jewellery.

Tania has strong communication skills and is adept at negotiating settlements of conflicts. She has had considerable experience in managing worldwide filing programmes.

Tania is a Fellow and Immediate Past- President of CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys).

Education & background

Tania has a law degree from Birmingham University and a Master’s degree in Law from London University (LSE). She also has a Diploma in French Law from Limoges University in France.

Tania qualified as a Trade Mark attorney in 2003 and is also a qualified Barrister. Tania began her legal profession working in the IP departments of firms of solicitors and in house for a subsidiary of Total. She has been a trade mark attorney for the last 18 years and worked for two other major firms of trade mark and patent attorneys before joining Withers & Rogers in 2006.

Tania was announced as an IP Star for 2021 by IP Stars / Managing IP and was recognised in the 2021 edition of the World Trade Mark Review 1000 for her “vast experience, strong leadership abilities and finely tuned prosecution skills”.

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Mark is experienced in global trade mark filing programmes, clearance searches and contentious matters. He routinely advises on and manages trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Mark assists clients in many sectors, including consumer electronics, food and drink, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

As well as working with multinational companies, he has particular expertise in advising start-ups and SMEs how best to protect their intellectual property.

Mark is a member of CITMA (the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys) and sits on its Online Events and Lectures Working Group.

Mark is recognised as a “Rising Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in its guide to leading trade mark practitioners.

Education & background

Mark graduated with an honours degree in Law from the University of Strathclyde in 2010. He then went on to obtain a Diploma in Legal Practice in 2011.

He joined Withers & Rogers in 2011 and qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2014.

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Marisa is experienced in global trade mark filing programmes, clearance searches and contentious matters, including trade mark oppositions and cancellation actions, domain name disputes and the negotiation and drafting of settlement agreements.  Marisa is also experienced in due diligence and transactional work, including assignment projects.

Marisa works with a range of clients from start-up companies and universities to multinational companies across different industries, including luxury goods, personal care and cosmetics, medical devices and leisure sectors.  Clients include many direct overseas companies for whom Marisa provides advice on trade mark law and practice.

Education & background

Marisa has a strong background in law having graduated with a first class honours degree in Law from the University of Nottingham in 2003.

Marisa entered the profession in 2004 and qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2007. Marisa joined Withers & Rogers in 2004.

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Fiona has over 20 years experience in trade marks, with particular emphasis and success in contentious matters before the UKIPO.

Fiona works with clients in many different business areas, ranging from food and drink, entertainment and leisure to high end jewellery and fashion houses.  Her work is both UK and international.

Having trained and worked in-house, Fiona is able to better understand the commercial requirements of clients and tailors her advice to ensure that the commercial needs of the business are met.  She offers practical advice and, has gained wide experience of all aspects of intellectual property. She works closely with clients on IP strategy.

Education & background

Fiona’s previous experience includes working as in-house attorney for ICI, an international chemical company and Smith & Nephew plc, a global medical healthcare company. She has a particular expertise in both of these industries.