Partner - Barker Brettell
Catherine Wiseman has extensive expertise in a wide range of trademark matters including the freedom to use and the registrability of trademarks, as well as filing and prosecuting trademark applications around the world – in particular UK, EU and international applications. Ms Wiseman is well versed in conflict matters and in the negotiation of settlements.
Ms Wiseman acts for a wide range of domestic and overseas clients, including large national and multinational companies, and is recognised for her ability to tailor her advice to clients’ needs.
She has dealt with all types of trademark issues including searching, filing and prosecuting applications; portfolio reviews and management; assignment and licensing programmes; hearings at the UK Intellectual Property Office; and contentious matters such as infringement of trademark rights, counterfeiting, company name objections, oppositions, revocation and invalidity actions.
Ms Wiseman provides commercial and pragmatic advice, often acting as an integral part of the client’s team. She has been named as a leading trademark professional in the WTR 1000 for the last three years, where she is described as “convey[ing] commercially nuanced and pragmatic advice. She is unstuffy and happy to get on with things, while taking the time to explain the costs, timings and risk of any action”.
Ms Wiseman has also been named as an IP Star for three consecutive years in Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey and in 2017 was included in the list of the Top 250 Women in Intellectual Property.
Ms Wiseman joined Barker Brettell in 1996, becoming a partner in 2001, and is responsible for a large team of attorneys and paralegals.
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with an honours degree (2:1) in law, she completed the Legal Practice Course (diploma) for solicitors. Ms Wiseman qualified as a trademark attorney at her first attempt by examination in 1999 and was awarded the Peter Fitzgibbon Memorial award for achieving the highest mark in the country for one of her professional examinations.
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