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REBECCA ANDERSON-SMITH

Partner, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
Trade Marks

Bristol

Rebecca is a member of our trade mark team and handles all aspects of trade mark work, with a particular focus on managing large trade mark portfolios, devising international filing and enforcement strategies, and negotiating settlements in trade mark disputes. She has extensive experience of trade mark opposition, revocation and invalidity proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), including very complex evidence based cases. Rebecca also has a strong track record in overcoming objections raised to trade mark applications.

Prior to the UK leaving the European Union, Rebecca acquired more than five years’ experience as a professional representative at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). She has also advised her clients on domain name dispute proceedings and sent pre-action correspondence relating to objectionable domain names.

Rebecca is an active member of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA). Having previously served on its Harmonization Committee, she is now a member of the Geographical Indications Committee. She regularly attends the ECTA annual conference.

Rebecca is a member of the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG) and attends the PTMG annual conference.

She is also part of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) Review Editorial Working Group, responsible for overseeing CITMA’s membership publication.

Areas of Expertise

  • International filing and enforcement strategies
  • Managing large trade mark portfolios
  • Inherent registrability (absolute grounds) objections
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Trade mark searching

Clients

Rebecca’s clients range from small start-ups to large multinational corporations. She has experience working with clients in a diverse range of fields, including fashion, cosmetics, food and beverages and computer software. She has particular interest in the pharmaceutical field and manages the international trade mark portfolio of a speciality pharmaceutical company. She also gained first-hand experience of in-house IP work during a secondment to a pharmaceutical company in 2019.

Background

Rebecca has a degree in English from the University of Exeter. She joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2012, qualifying as a UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2015 and became a Partner in 2021.

Recommendations

Rebecca is named as a ‘Rising Star’ in the Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2020 and 2021 and she has been listed as a recommended lawyer and key lawyer in the 2022 edition of The Legal 500.

“Rebecca Anderson-Smith works well with brand managers in our company and so she is able to take some of the workload from our in-house team, understanding the pressures faced by team. She is personable.” - Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2021

“Anderson-Smith is lauded for her initiative” - WTR (World Trademark Review) 1000, 2019

“I feel very lucky to have had you by my side assisting and educating me." - Andrew Spence, S.R.G. Apparel plc

“Rebecca continues to offer a highly professional service by providing accurate knowledge, consistent communication and also a high success rate on any infringement disputes” - EL&N London