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KATE O'ROURKE

Partner, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Solicitor
Head of Trade Marks

London

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Kate is the Head of Trade Marks and a member of our Management Board. She handles all aspects of trade mark work including trade mark searching, filing, prosecution, opposition proceedings, cancellation proceedings and advice on enforcement of trade marks. Kate also provides strategic advice on selection, adoption, protection and enforcement of brands internationally.

She has a special interest in Brexit, leading the CITMA task force on Brexit matters and the UK trade mark profession. Kate is also interested in pro bono and is Vice Chair of the UK IP Pro Bono committee, having been instrumental in its establishment. She is also Chair of the INTA Pro Bono sub-committee and helped establish the US Pro Bono Clearinghouse.

Areas of Expertise

  • Trade mark searching
  • International filing and enforcement strategies
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Brexit
  • Pro bono

Clients

Kate works with a range of clients, particularly those in the restaurant and music industries.

Background

Kate has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of N.S.W, Australia. She started her career in a specialist IP firm in Sydney before relocating to the UK and becoming cross qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Kate joined Mewburn Ellis in 2019 as a partner.

She is a Member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is admitted on the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland. Kate has been awarded an MBE for services to education and has previously been the President of CITMA. She is often asked to speak at conferences, most recently the FICPI meeting 2019, the INTA 2019 Leadership meeting, the CITMA 2019 Annual Conference and the 2018 INTA TMAP conference.

Recommendations

Kate is recognised in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2018, 2019 and 2020 as a “Trade mark star”. She was also featured in WIPR’s Influential Women in IP 2019 as being in the top 80 most prominent lawyers in the industry.