Trade Mark Director
Rebecca is a Trade Mark Director in HGF’s specialist Trade Mark group. She joined HGF in September 2009 and qualified by examination in November 2010.
Rebecca graduated in 2006 with a Law & Sociology degree from the University of Warwick, UK. After graduating, Rebecca joined the Trade Mark and Design team of an international law firm, and during this time was exposed to a wide range of issues surrounding trade marks, designs and copyright.
While working in a full-service law firm, Rebecca was exposed to and assisted with IP elements of corporate transactions including acquisitions, and providing specific trade mark due diligence support. Rebecca has experience of global assignment programmes, rebranding exercises, clearance searching and filing strategy advice on household brand launches, and has also advised on the protection of non-traditional trade marks such as colours, sounds and shapes.
Rebecca actively manages trade mark and design portfolio’s and thus is able to offer client’s a well-rounded view of IP issues. Rebecca advises clients on the protection and management of their trade mark portfolios, encompassing all aspects of trade mark protection from clearance searches, prosecution and registering of trade marks to advising on infringement and enforcement, and she has had experience of advising on design registrations and enforcement. Rebecca works with a wide range of clients, from the retail and fashion industry through to food products, engineering, pharmaceuticals and animal health care brands. Rebecca has particular expertise and experience in working with clients in the financial and insurance sectors.
Rebecca also advises on threats of infringement and passing off, sending cease and desist letters and opposition actions. She also has experience of domain name disputes, having prosecuted actions before Nominet and ICANN.
Rebecca is a member of the UK Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), and in 2007 she won the “John Parker Memorial Award", presented by ITMA for achieving the highest mark in the UK Trade Mark Practice Paper.
Rebecca is actively involved with Fashion+IP and Retail+IP LinkedIn groups, as well as commenting in the press and having articles published most notably in the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property.
Rebecca has been described in leading legal directory, Legal 500 (2019) as “engaged and understands our business and priorities. She gives tailored, nuanced advice."
Learn more about Rebecca's experience at HGF here.