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Anna is considered one of the ‘go to’ lawyers for trade mark, designs and copyright disputes and strategic advice in the UK and Europe.
“Having worked in the IP field for over 30 years, including as a solicitor, barrister, solicitor-advocate and ‘neutral’, my experience has taken me through the UKIPO, EUIPO, IP Enterprise Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union and I’ve worked on a range of contentious issues such as urgent ex parte applications, interim injunctions, multi-jurisdictional litigation and complex appeals. I understand that litigation is never welcome and I do my best to help clients resolve their disputes outside court whenever I can.
I work with businesses spanning a wide range of industries and professions including pharmaceuticals, software, consumer electronics, food and drink, luxury goods, personal care, office products, entertainment and financial services. I advise across a broad range of topics, including brand and design clearances, litigation strategy and dispute avoidance, and I provide opinions (including second and expert opinions) on matters of English and EU law.
I sat as an Appointed Person, hearing trade mark appeals from the UKIPO, for over seven years (2007-15) and have been a Nominet DRS Expert since 2004, so I have considerable experience of acting in a judicial and quasi-judicial capacity. I’m also an experienced CEDR-accredited mediator and I enjoy the process of mediation.’’
Anna has been very involved with INTA for many years, including as a member of the Board of Directors (2012-14), Chair of the Unfair Competition Committee (2016-17) and as Counsel (2018-19) as well as being on its Brexit Taskforce. She is also a member of AIPPI, ECTA, PTMG and an Associate Member of CITMA and CIPA. She is on the editorial boards of the European Trade Mark Reports and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, and enjoys giving talks and writing articles about topical issues in intellectual property law. Anna has contributed chapters to various books, including the chapter on overlapping rights in designs and trade dress in ‘Overlapping Intellectual Property Rights’ (OUP, 2012) and one in ‘Mediation: Creating Value in International Intellectual Property Disputes’ (Wolters Kluwer, 2018) which discusses the role of mediation in IP disputes.
Anna joined Wiggin in November 2017 as part of the merger into the firm of the team from IP boutique, Redd. She previously practised as an independent barrister at Wilberforce Chambers (2003-10), in addition to having been Head of the London IP group at Linklaters in the early noughties.