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KATE O'ROURKE

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

London

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 2018-2021 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. Kate has been listed as a recommended lawyer in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500.

“Kate is simply the best that money can buy. Her extensive global trademark knowledge is second to none; as are her pragmatic and commercial solutions. Thorough, strategic and smart, she always comes through with results and reliable advice that you cannot ignore.” World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000) 2021

Ranked in WTR Global Leaders: Private Practice and WTR 1000 2021 for United Kingdom: England.

Focus on Inclusivity

Kate has personally signed up to the IP Inclusive Senior Leader’s Pledge and feels passionately about ensuring the firm is committed to equality of opportunity for all and an environment where everyone feels respected and empowered, and where diversity of background, experience, approach and perspective are welcomed and encouraged. Kate has been an engaged supporter of IP Inclusive since its inception and regularly participates in its activities and events, particularly relating to leadership of women in the IP profession.