Kate O'Rourke

Kate O'Rourke
Kate is a Solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with over 25 years’ experience in relation to trade marks and related copyright, design and internet matters. Her work includes advising on the adoption, registration and enforcement of trade marks internationally, with a particular focus on the leisure and retail industries with a global reach. She has a particular expertise in counselling clients on international filing and enforcement strategies and avoiding dilution of the value of trade marks. Advising charities has also been a key aspect of Kate’s work and she was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to education. Kate was the President of the Chartered Institute of Trade Marks (CITMA) from 2016 – 2018 and continues to play a key role in the Institute as Chair of the Brexit taskforce. In her position with CITMA she leads on negotiations with the UKIPO, the EUIPO and the UK government in relation to the legislative changes in relation to trade marks which will be implemented when the UK leaves the European Union. With her knowledge of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, she has spoken extensively on the issues at conferences around the world, and has published a number of articles in association journals and IP magazines. Kate is also active in the UK IP Pro Bono programme and is Vice Chair of the INTA Pro Bono committee.

Recent Posts

Three-stripes and you’re out: Adidas lose trade mark battle

Kate O'Rourke

Kate O'Rourke
21 Jun 2019

Adidas’ famed three-stripe logo has been deemed as lacking “distinctive character”. The General Court of the European Union (EGC) upheld the decision of.

Navigating the Brexit Landscape

Kate O'Rourke

Kate O'Rourke
18 Jun 2019

In March this year, the deadline for the UK to leave the EU was extended to 31 October 2019. While the overall legal consequences of Brexit are still.

Update: implications for oppositions based upon earlier UK rights after Brexit

Kate O'Rourke

Kate O'Rourke
18 Apr 2019

Following the granting of a further extension of the deadline for the UK to leave the European Union (EU), the European Union Intellectual Property Office.