Claire has extensive experience in all areas of trade mark and design protection, particularly those relating to conflict issues and dispute resolution.
Claire has worked in private practice since 1982 but gained experience “in-house” by a two year role in a multi-national pharmaceutical business and by a period of secondment in a major multi-national confectionery, petcare and foodstuffs business. Claire joined Grant Spencer Caisley and Porteous in 1994, becoming a Partner in 1996 and the Firm’s principal in 2002. Claire is a highly proactive and imaginative practitioner, inspiring similar standards in her team and across our trade mark practice as a whole.
Claire is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, qualified by examination. She is also a European Trade Mark Attorney, a Registered Trade Mark Agent, and a Professional Representative authorised to practice before the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market. She holds a Trade Mark and Designs Litigator’s Certificate, which entitles her to conduct litigation in the High Court and the Patents County Court with rights of audience in the Patents County Court in respect of trade mark and design litigation.
Claire has served on several committees of the Chartered International Trade Mark Association’s leadership team, including the non-traditional trade marks subcommittee for Europe and Central Asia, the OHIM office practices committee and most recently on the Famous Marks committee.