Intangible Asset Director at Stobbs
Claire Breheny is an intangible asset director at Stobbs, qualifying as a UK and EU trademark attorney in 2012. She is also the firm’s head of support. Ms Breheny had worked at a leading London firm before joining Stobbs in March 2013, at the firm’s inception. Ms Breheny specialises in managing expansive global portfolios for large UK-based direct clients and managing European work for US-based clients. As part of her role, she provides advice on management and organisation of her clients’ portfolios, and development of IP strategies that work alongside the commercial needs of the business (both from a filing and enforcement perspective). Ms Breheny is experienced in searching, clearing, protecting and enforcing intellectual property (including some litigation) in a wide range of jurisdictions globally, with particular experience of managing complex disputes and settlements across a number of jurisdictions. She has been described in WTR 1000 as being “creative and sharp when it comes to global strategy and knows what makes for great customer service. She understands her clients’ brands and business objectives and provides support that aligns appropriately. Responsive, organised and proactive, she works extremely hard and goes the extra mile”.
Ms Breheny also has had numerous successes in the recovery of domain names for her clients and has appeared before the UK Intellectual Property Office in inter partes hearings. She also frequently attends the INTA annual meeting and the INTA mid-year conferences, and currently sits on the Unreal Committee. She also conducts training sessions both for junior team members and external clients.
Ms Breheny began her career in sales management for a major department store chain, after joining their graduate training scheme. It was here that she developed her interest in trademarks and an appreciation of the importance of branding; this experience gave her a good footing for the practical and commercially driven advice that she provides to her clients.
Relevant client experience includes O2, Yahoo, Snapchat, Quintessentially and GoPro.